Leading figures from the South West business community were out in force for our annual Devon Chamber of Commerce Business Awards, which honours the very best in entrepreneurship and enterprise.
One of the most prestigious events in the regional business calendar, this year’s glittering event was held at the stunning, newly refurbished Schiller Hall at Buckfast Abbey in Buckfastleigh.
After a hugely difficult last 18 months, due mostly to the Covid-19 pandemic, it was fabulous to see so many people dressed to impress and enjoying a fabulous night of celebration with the long months of lockdown finally over.
Congratulations to each and every member who submitted an entry for this year’s Awards, particularly to all of you who were shortlisted.
A huge thank-you to all of our fantastic awards sponsors, without whom we simply could not put on events like this.
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Watch our live coverage of the Devon Chamber of Commerce Business Awards from Buckfast Abbey, courtesy of PL1 Events.
It’s the perfect opportunity to find out more about our finalists and see our winners crowned during our glittering ceremony at Schiller Hall.
The very best in entrepreneurship and enterprise will joined us on Friday, September 24, for a fabulous night of celebration at the stunning, newly refurbished Schiller Hall at Buckfast Abbey.
We were joined by a number of very special guests – including, of course, our finalists – who were dressed to impress
After a delicious three-course meal, courtesy of the amazing team at Buckfast Abbey, our winners were crowned, with many more watching the live stream from PL1 Events on our YouTube channel.
A huge thank you to everyone who joined us, and to those who kindly donated to our charity partner, The Chestnut Appeal.
Digital Business of the Year
sponsored by Thomas Westcott
GO South West
This entrant has shown excellent use of digital both internally and to aid the customer experience. This has included introducing some digital measures which continue to put the customer at the forefront of everything they do, and will help customers to keep themselves safe in a post-COVID period.
Export Business of the Year
Sponsored by Western Union
Small Business of the Year
Sponsored by Swatpro Academy
Green Business of the Year
sponsored by Frazer-Nash Consultancy
Customer Commitment Award
sponsored by Babcock International Group
Steve Whiteway Award
Steve dedicated his life to helping others and made an ever-lasting impact on Plymouth, raising thousands for charity. The Steve Whiteway Award is presented to the individual who has made the most significant individual contribution to the community, either the business or wider community. This entrant has shown selflessness in the face of their own adversity and made a huge difference to the causes he supports and countless individuals.
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, CMOStores.com 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 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.
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.
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.