Chamber Awards

Chamber Awards

The Devon Chamber of Commerce Business Awards honours the best in entrepreneurship and enterprise and has become one of the most prestigious events in the business calendar.

The sought-after awards are expertly judged and culminate in a glittering ceremony where members of the Chamber are honoured for their success and innovation.

Our 2021 event takes place this autumn on Friday, September 24 at the newly refurbished Schiller Hall at Buckfast Abbey in Buckfastleigh.

It promises to be a fabulous night of celebration with the long months of lockdown finally over!

We’re now welcoming table and ticket bookings.

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We are now welcoming ticket and table bookings at Schiller Hall @ Buckfast Abbey (pictured) for what promises to be a fabulous night of celebrating the very best in business.

  • Individual tickets are £47.50 each
  • Tables of 10 are £475. Prices exclude VAT.


The categories and criteria for this year’s awards are detailed below, together with a link for a unique nomination form for each.

Business Diversification Award


This award will go to the business that is proven to respond positively and constructively to uncertain threats and circumstances. It is also a recognition to how your business has successfully adapted, diversified and survived the current COVID-19 pandemic and perhaps even contributed to the community during these difficult times.

  • Clear ability to respond constructively to change
  • Forward thinking
  • Adaptable
  • Strong internal culture and values
  • Successful business plans and protocol
  • Determination and perseverance

Digital Business of the Year


This award recognises organisations that have fully exploited the range of technology available to them to grow their business. Entrants for this award must demonstrate how they have used the power of technology to transform their business.

  • The range of technology used in conducting day to day business
  • How technology has improved the business’s processes and efficiency
  • The use of technology to improve customer service and engagement
  • How the above practices influence the organisation’s supply chain

Export Business of the Year


This award recognises the strength of Britain’s exporters. Entrants for this award must stand out from the crowd on the international stage and demonstrate that they have generated significant and/or sustained increases in their export activity.

  • The level of exports when compared to the size and sector of the organisation
  • The barriers that have been overcome e.g. languages
  • The degree to which products/services are new and markets non-traditional
  • Innovative approaches to establishing and entering new markets

Entrepreneur of the Year


This award will recognise an individual that has made a great impact within the business world through a relentless drive in creating opportunities through new concepts, business or jobs and helping the local economy.

  • Distinct instinct for business
  • Strong sense of ambition that’s free of doubt or fear
  • Details of specific project to evidence their hard work and persistence
  • Team leader

Small Business of the Year


This award is open to organisations employing up to 75 full time members of staff. This award will go to the company that has achieved consistent growth backed by a strong financial performance, while demonstrating a clear understanding of the markets that it operates in.

  • What differentiates the company’s products/services from their competitors
  • Strong managerial and financial performance
  • Innovation
  • Potential for growth

Green Business of the Year


This award will recognise the company who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to making our planet a greener and more sustainable environment. Entrants will need to evidence the outcomes so far and ongoing efforts to maintain and improve their progress towards reducing their carbon footprint.

  • Ambitious green policies and robust implementation
  • The immediate impact on employees and customers
  • How you will continue to strive for a greener planet in the future

Workplace wellbeing Award


This award recognises businesses that are creating an environment for their employees to succeed by demonstrating their commitment to the health and wellbeing of their workforce.

  • Evidence of successfully embedding mental health into policies and practice
  • Positive influencers of change
  • A long-term and in-depth commitment to employees health and wellbeing
  • Make sure employers needs a priority

Customer Commitment Award


This award has been designed for businesses who can demonstrate excellence and commitment in going above and beyond in the ever-important area of customer service.

  • A robust customer service strategy and evidence of how this is implemented
  • Evidence of a strong business performance
  • How customer care is tied into staff development plans and how this has driven business growth

Steve Whiteway Award


Steve dedicated his life to helping others and made an ever-lasting impact on Plymouth, raising thousands for charity. This award will be presented to the individual who has made the most significant contribution to the business community.

  • Examples of recent projects showing kindness, integrity and hard work
  • Putting others needs before your own
  • Significant contributions to the community both individually and as an organisation


If you have questions about sponsoring, attending or entering our Awards, please contact our Jasmine Peglar by email at or complete the form below.

We are still accepting sponsorship queries. If you are interested, please complete the form below.


The event took on a very different form for 2020, but our new, innovative and interactive virtual ceremony delivered all the glitz and glamour of previous years as we honoured the very best of Devon business, entrepreneurship and enterprise.

We were joined by a number of very special guests – including, of course, our finalists – who were dressed to impress and watching live on Zoom. Our unsuspecting winners were revealed throughout the ceremony and then surprised with their prestigious accolades.

A huge thank you to everyone who joined us, and to those who kindly donated to our charity partner, Brain Tumour Research, by taking part in the prize draw, which saw our members raise an incredible £940 on the day.

Best Use of Technology

Sponsored by pbmedia

As one of the UK’s leading online suppliers of construction materials, is the parent company of six successful online stores – CMOTrade, Door Superstore, Drainage Superstore, Insulation Superstore, Roofing Superstore and Tile and Floor Superstore – and sells more than 75,000 products across its sites.

CMOStores is currently working to raise awareness within the industry, enabling more DIY enthusiasts and building contractors to take advantage of shopping for their construction materials online – from competitive prices, huge choice and swift delivery to excellent customer support and expert advice from a trained team.


Customer Commitment Award

sponsored by Practice Plus Group

Plymouth Citybus

Plymouth Citybus has experienced an extraordinary few years of innovation and growth and continues to make significant investments as part of its mission to vital transport links, further improve services and help the environment.

The firm’s focus continues to be on supporting its customers, colleagues and the wider community, and it has improved customer satisfaction to a record 93%. That figure was boosted greatly by the restructuring of the customer services department.

Achievement Training

Portcullis Legals

Best Export Business

Sponsored by International Trade Matters


PECO is a plastic injection moulding specialist that produces model railway track, kits and accessories for the global model railway market.

As well as supplying an established network of retailers in the UK, the Devon company also has a mature but constantly developing export market, supplying a mixture of specialist wholesale distributors and retailers.

Audax Global Solutions

The Barden Corporation

Rising Star Award

sponsored by The Jockey Club Exeter

Ollie Jackman, Taurus

Ollie Jackman is the sales manager at Taurus, an established communications and IT services provider in Exeter that works with a wide range of organisations across the country, predominantly in the South West.

His role requires a huge range of skills, both for driving the team’s performance and for creating a suitable culture and working environment in which everyone can feel appreciated and thrive.

Dr Emily Beaumont

Lorna Gaskin, Imployable

Small Business of the Year

Sponsored by Thomas Westcott

Services Design Solution

Services Design Solution (SDS) is a forward-looking, dynamic construction consultancy specialising in the design of mechanical and electrical engineering systems to buildings.

Based at The Millfields in Plymouth, the firm designs innovative, flexible, energy-efficient solutions to create exceptional environments for living, work or leisure.


Valves Online

Best Third Sector Campaign

sponsored by Devon & Plymouth Chamber

St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth

St Luke’s Hospice provides specialist end-of-life care for terminally ill people across Plymouth, South West Devon and East Cornwall, looking after patients in their homes or care homes, in hospital and at its specialist unit.

The charity launched its Elmer’s Big Parade campaign to raise awareness of the charity and the vital service it provides. Author David McKee’s beloved creation, Elmer, was transformed into 40 statues, all painted by talented artists far and wide and sponsored by local organisations.

Alexis Bowater

Building Plymouth

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