Our Patrons

Our Patrons

Our Patrons

The patrons of Devon & Plymouth Chamber are some of the best-known and respected names in the local business community.

Through their support for the Chamber, patrons demonstrate their commitment to the development of the economy and business in Devon and Plymouth.

Their brands gain considerable exposure within the  business community as a result of the Chamber’s extensive and widespread lobbying and representational activities. Consequently patrons are better able to influence and network with key people and organisations in the region.

If you are interested in becoming a Patron, please begin by emailing Chief Executive Stuart Elford.


GWR is committed to helping businesses in the west become greater.  It’s why we’re investing and making improvements across our network from installing free WiFi and refurbishing our sleeper service, to adding three million more seats by 2018. The purpose is not just to benefit our railway, but to benefit the people and businesses we serve.

Enterprise Solutions

Enterprise Solutions is the gateway for external organisations to access the University of Plymouth’s internationally renowned research expertise, world-class facilities and expertise. Enterprise Solutions helps you to navigate your way to the University of Plymouth’s internationally renowned research expertise, facilities and business services. It connects you to the right support that meets your organisation’s needs.

Plymouth Citybus

Plymouth Citybus is the largest provider of public transport in Plymouth, carrying over 15m passengers a year across its fleet of 170 vehicles. Based and managed in Plymouth, employing over 450 people, Plymouth Citybus became part of the Go-Ahead Group in 2009, previously being publicly owned.  Within Plymouth Citybus Ltd lie both Plymouth Citycoach and Plymouth Car & Commercial. Plymouth Citycoach offers a wide range of trips and tours all over the UK, alongside a coach hire section. Plymouth Car & Commercial is  based within the Citybus depot at Milehouse specialising in fleet maintenance. It also offers out of hours servicing, alongside being an ATF (authorised testing facility) for heavy good vehicles, trailers and public service vehicles.

City College Plymouth

As the largest training provider in the Plymouth travel-to-work area, we are proud to work closely with local and regional employers to ensure that we provide the training that is required by business. We truly understand the business community and the challenges it faces and are flexible in what we are able to offer. The College works hard to develop positive partnerships with employers that enable you to have a key role in curriculum development, ensuring our training is not only up-to-date but relevant to your industry needs. 


The aerospace and defence company, which operates Devonport Royal Dockyard, is a leading provider of critical, complex engineering services supporting national defence, saving lives and protecting communities. Babcock delivers its services through four sectors: Marine, Nuclear, Land and Aviation. As well as offering marine technology solutions to improve customers’ complex, safety-critical operations, the firm supports the Royal Navy’s ships and crew and navies around the world through the delivery of complex ship and submarine sustainment programmes. 

Thomas Westcott Chartered Accountants

Thomas Westcott has the largest network of accountancy offices in the South West, offering a wide range of sector and service specialisms to businesses, large and small. With 28 partners and more than 250 staff operating from 17 offices, the firm has supported a diverse range of businesses and individuals for more than 30 years. Throughout that time, Thomas Westcott has remained passionate about supporting the communities in which we live and work.

Devon County Council

Devon County Council is closely involved with a wide range of projects to provide support and guidance for all types of business in Devon. work to promote sustainable economic growth in Devon through commissioning and delivering a range of activities, both independently and through partnerships with other organisations and also work closely with the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership.

Princess Yachts

Princess Yachts established its home in Plymouth on the edge of the English Channel in 1965. Today Princess shipyards cover an area of over 1.1 million square feet, an area rich in British maritime heritage. In fact, South Yard, where the M Class Superyachts are constructed, is a former naval yard dating back to the 17th century. From the outset, their goal has been to meticulously sculpt yachts around their owners’ enjoyment of them. Such dedication and attention to detail resonates deeply with Princess’ Plymouth craftsmen. More than 3,000 people, each possessing a mastery of their skill, fastidiously realise this vision in our shipyards.


For 30 years, ITEC has been driving thousands of organisations to success through powerful technology partnerships and strategies. The firm gives you confidence in your technology strategy and helps your organisation complete its mission. Whether you require a Managed Print Service, Business Communications or a Managed IT Service, ITEC keeps you in mind every step of the way and tailors each service to your specification.

Marsh Commercial

Marsh Commercial is a UK leader in SME insurance broking and risk management, helping clients understand and better manage their risks as well as protecting their assets and people. Building on a reassuring heritage with decades of experience, the firm will invest the time and energy to truly understand you and your business, and the communities in which we serve. Marsh Commercial combines expertise with empathy and a knack for simplicity, to make sure their advice and support is always tailored in a way that works for you.

Plymouth Argyle is the city’s leading football club and was founded more than 130 years ago. Based at Home Park Stadium, the Pilgrims’ first team currently plays in League One of the English Football League under manager Steven Schumacher. Our patronage focuses on Argyle Community Trust, which is the official charity for the Devon club and uses the prestige of football and the reach of the Greens to inspire, engage and help people of all ages to achieve their full potential. The Chamber is also the Official Women’s Team Digital Partner.


Thales Group

Thales Group is a global technology leader, committed to being at the forefront of the next great revolution in naval technology – Maritime Autonomy. The firm ensures that its products and services continue to deliver operational advantage to customers in line with their requirements and aims to ensure that servicemen, women and platforms remain safe from existing and emerging threats. Thales’ UK Centre of Autonomy in Plymouth is changing the way autonomous capability is developed by enabling rapid exploration and exploitation of emergent and disruptive technologies.


Founded in 1989, Pennon has been driven by its strategic vision to become a leader in UK infrastructure, delivering for the benefit of customers, communities and the environment. The merged water company of South West Water and Bournemouth Water provides water and wastewater services to a population of c.1.7 million in Cornwall, Devon and parts of Dorset and Somerset and water only services to c.0.5 million in parts of Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire. Pennon Water Services are business water specialists providing water retail services for business customers’ water management needs.

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