30 Under 30

30 Under 30

Celebrating Devon’s first '30 Under 30'

The Devon & Plymouth Chamber of Commerce held a glittering awards ceremony at beautiful Buckfast Abbey to honour the region’s rising young business stars.

Our ‘30 Under 30’ campaign – inspired by Forbes’ long-running feature – recognises and celebrates young talent across Devon.

Throughout the nominations process, the Chamber was seeking individuals under 30 in the county who have made a significant impact in the working world.

The judging day was held in the boardroom at our Derriford Business Park HQ, where we were joined by Debbie Joce, Gareth Kenward and David Tytherleigh from Babcock International Group; Andy Stuart, Jenny Bishop and Sarah Carroll from Real Ideas, and Alison Jenkins and Colin Jolliffe from SW Business Support Solutions Ltd, with Emily Davies from SETsquared Exeter Student Startups linking up via Zoom.

Our expert panel certainly had their work cut out as they ran through more than 60 nominations, before selecting the final 30 worthy winners.

Stuart Elford, Chamber CEO, said: “It was really exciting to be able to tell our first-ever ‘30 Under 30’ that they had been chosen for this truly talented list, and were thrilled they were able to join us at Schiller Hall, together with special guests and sponsors, for a truly unforgettable evening.

“The theme for our spring event was ‘Blooming Careers’, which offered the perfect opportunity to reward Devon’s best and brightest young business stars at this unique venue.

Click below to see more stunning pictures from the event courtesy of Amy Stanford Photography.


Our worthy 30 Under 30 winners revealed

Meet our 30 under 30 for 2022, as nominated by businesses across Devon and Plymouth and carefully selected by our judges and sponsors.

They represent some of the brightest minds in business and the future of industry in the region.


We’re proud to have Babcock International Group as headline sponsor of our 30 Under 30 campaign.

A proud Patron of the Devon & Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, the aerospace and defence company – which operates Devonport Dockyard – is a leading provider of critical, complex engineering services which support national defence, save lives and protect communities.


We’re proud to have Go South West as transport sponsor of our 30 Under 30 campaign.

Go South West incorporates Plymouth Citybus and Go Cornwall Bus, the largest bus operator in the South West. The company offers commercial, tendered and contracted bus services across Plymouth, West Devon and Cornwall, as well as the servicing, repair and refurbishment of cars, commercial vehicles, buses and coaches.


Real Ideas

From supporting young people to find work and develop skills to helping start-ups and enterprises thrive, Real Ideas works to solve problems and create positive and lasting social change for individuals, communities and organisations. We are innovators, change makers and risk takers.

We believe that by providing our people with autonomy, space to grow and develop, and the freedom to create and innovate, we will deliver the best working environment for our team, who will in turn deliver the most engaging and effective work for the people and organisations we support.

SETsquared Exeter

The SETsquared Exeter Student Startup team encourage and enable the start-up ambitions of University of Exeter students and graduates across all campuses, colleges and disciplines.

We believe that our future economy depends on the creation of new business’ that solve real-world problems and that add value to society. The development of entrepreneurial competencies in young people is key to ensuring that we meet this need.

Nurturing and supporting young entrepreneurs ensures a pipeline of highly-employable graduates and new, sustainable ventures that create value within the regional, national and international economy.

SETsquared is a unique enterprise partnership and a dynamic collaboration between the six leading research-led UK universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey. Ranked as the Global No. 1 Business Incubator, SETsquared provides a wide range of highly-acclaimed support programmes to help turn ideas into thriving businesses.

SW Business Support Solutions

SW Business Support Solutions (SWBSS) provides comprehensive business consulting services and solutions to small- and medium-sized businesses. With decades of experience in industry, we are experts in helping businesses make the right investments.

The SWBSS process will help deliver exactly what your business needs. That might be increased sales, better efficiency, improved profitability, expansion strategies, time saving or just clearer direction.

In addition, this process will undoubtedly help you find a better balance between your business and your life, which means that everyone around you will benefit. This simple-to-use process will change your life by enabling you to build reality out of dreams.

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