Three cheers for a Triple Crown

PUBLISHED: 13:55 17 July 2013 | UPDATED: 13:03 19 July 2013

Stephanie Walshe, founder of The Plum Consultancy

Stephanie Walshe, founder of The Plum Consultancy


Founder of The Plum Consultancy, Stephanie Walshe explains the benefits her move to Devon has had on her company and what Exeter’s Triple Crown Status means to other businesses

Up until recently, Stephanie Walshe celebrated her decision to move to Exeter from purely a lifestyle perspective, with excellent schools, fantastic surrounding countryside, superb beaches and a fast train service to London Paddington on her doorstep. But as her firm, specialising in business strategy, has grown she has become increasingly interested in assisting companies on her doorstep.

Having moved to Exeter in 2003, Stephanie has seen some amazing changes in the past decade with the city’s Triple Crown Status being one.

“We moved to Exeter because we could see how important the city was becoming with its international airport, its college and university and the Princesshay development,” says Stephanie. “Ten years on and what an amazing destination for academia, culture, shopping and eating. It’s no surprise that the likes of John Lewis has risen like a phoenix from Debenhams’ ashes and that IKEA is now knocking on Exeter’s door!”

Having recently extended operations from clients in London and Surrey to include those in the South West, Stephanie has embraced the city of Exeter and all it has to offer.

“In 2012 Exeter obtained Triple Crown Status with the university, the college and the museum being celebrated as the best in the UK within their respective sectors.”

Asked what this means for Exeter businesses, Stephanie explains.

“Every single business in Exeter can be proud of making the city what it is. What the university, college and museum have achieved is brilliant. Their new-found status has served as a great springboard for the inward investment campaign ‘Expect Success: Invest in Exeter’ launched in London in February, with results showing a 250% increase in businesses expressing an interest in Exeter.

“And there are huge plans ahead for the city and its sub regions including the redevelopment of the bus and coach station site, one of the most significant redevelopment opportunities within the city centre.”

Stephanie is full of ideas how she can help businesses in the area to grow.

“We strongly believe that every business in Exeter can share in this success by using the Triple Crown logo on their websites, stationery and promotional material. Not only is it the most fantastic place to live, work and play, but it has now become nationally recognised as being the best and also features in the UK’s top 2% for job creation and a great deal of that is driven by small businesses. Like many other companies we take great pride in employing local talent and using local suppliers. So take a bow everyone — we’re all part of something rather good and we should shout about it!” n

To get in touch with Stephanie and her team please visit: or tweet @PlumConsultancy

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