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 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 Marjon University
Plymouth Marjon University is a small university with a big reputation for providing an outstanding student experience leading to high levels of employment. Founded in 1838, the University’s heritage and expertise is well established in our Faculties of Education & Social Sciences, Sport & Health Sciences and Language & Creative Arts. We offer more than 100 different programmes of study designed to meet student expectations and the needs of employers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.