Chamber Awards

Chamber Awards

Celebrating Devon's brightest businesses

Hundreds of guests enjoyed an unforgettable night at Crowne Plaza Plymouth for our 2024 Devon & Plymouth Chamber Awards ceremony.

We had an incredible response this year with over 160 nominations across our 12 categories – as well as more than 70 entries for our 30 Under 30 campaign – so it was an incredibly tough task for our judging panel to choose three finalists in each category.

SCROLL DOWN to see all our finalists – and winners!

It was also a huge honour to present the Lifetime Achievement Award to Graham Stirling, who was joined on stage by his loving family.

A huge thank you to our Chamber Awards partners and our Chamber patrons, without whom we simply couldn’t host amazing events like this.

Click the button below to browse through all the pictures from the night, courtesy of Jay Stone Photography.

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2024 AWARDS WINNERS AND FINALISTS

The Problem Solver

In partnership with BCR Associates

Awarded to an organisation that has transformed the market they work in with their product or service.

Winner

FInalists

The Game Changer

In partnership with Westcotts Chartered Accountants & Business Advisers

An individual who has transformed an idea into a successful, sustainable business by understanding their market’s key challenges, customers and the competitive landscape.

Winner

FInalists

The Equality Trailblazer

In partnership with Classic Builders

An organisation that champions diversity and promotes inclusion within their workforce, their customers and any community outreach work.

Winner

FInalists

The Community Champion

In partnership with Azets

An organisation that facilitates, participates, and enables community engagement, demonstrating the power of giving back.

Winner

FInalists

The Rapid Riser

In partnership with GA Solicitors

An organisation that can demonstrate exceptional levels of growth with a strong plan for sustainable financial performance.

Winner

FInalists

The Workforce Developer

In partnership with Plymouth Citybus

A business that has shown how their approach to the learning and development of their team has enhanced their business performance.

Winner

FInalists

The Global Player

In partnership with UK Export Finance

A business that has demonstrated significant and sustained international growth or facilitated trade through a clear understanding of overseas markets, proving that borders are not a barrier to trade.

Winner

FInalists

The Planet Saver

In partnership with Peninsula Dental Social Enterprise

This award recognises organisations with sustainability at the heart of their business. They are fully committed to sustainable best practice and making the world a better and safer place.

Winner

FInalists

Digital Business of the Year

In partnership with Cosmic UK

An organisation that works in the digital sector, has embraced a digital culture or undergone a digital transformation and can demonstrate growth as a result.

Winner

FInalists

Start Up Business of the Year

In partnership with We Are Creative UK

A start-up organisation that has already demonstrated their commitment to their people, the planet and their purpose making an impact on their local community.*

*Must have been established after 1 January 2022

Winner

FInalists

Creative Business of the Year

In partnership with Arts University Plymouth

This award is aimed at businesses that provide creative solutions through their products or services

Winner

FInalists

The Steve Whiteway Award

In partnership with The Plymouth Charter

Our former director Steve dedicated his life to helping others and made an everlasting impact on Plymouth, raising thousands for charity. This award is presented to the individual who has made the most significant individual contribution to the community, either the business or wider community.

Winner

Highly Commended

FInalist

2024 CHAMBER AWARDS PARTNERS

Red Wine Partner

In partnership with Pushed

Dave and Karen Meadows established Pushed in 2004 after working for ITV for 10 years and now with over 25 years’ industry experience, Pushed is one of the major animation producers in the South West. The team specialise in making complex stories digestible and have built a reputation on creating informative, narrative driven and visually captivating animations that deliver results.

White Wine Partner

In partnership with Bespa

Bespa creates bespoke workspaces, crafted for you. The team make the workspace yours through listening, understanding and collaborating closely with you so your people (and the planet) flourish. They take care of every detail, big and small, from start to finish, creating stories of transformation to be proud of. They create ideal environments for work, whilst minimising impact on the natural environment.

Welcome Drinks Partner

In partnership with Plymouth Gin

The Plymouth Distillery is the oldest working distillery in England. It has been making Plymouth Gin according to the original recipe since 1793. Located on The Barbican in Plymouth, it is also known as the Black Friars Distillery and the original building opens on to what is now Southside Street.

Event Partner

In partnership with PL1 Events

Plymouth-based PL1 Events offers a full range of services in Britain’s Ocean City and beyond, from technical support to full event management, video production and graphic design. As well as being the Devon & Plymouth Chamber’s official events partner, the team’s portfolio of satisfied clients is testimony to their focus on reliability, delivery and excellence.

Crisps Partner

In partnership with Burts

For over two decades, Burts has been known for its premium, hand-cooked British potato chips that are made with care in Devon. Burts’ key mission is to make delicious and quality snacks, all whilst supporting independent suppliers, caring about its community and charities close to its heart, like the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

Décor Partner

In partnership with South West Boutique Events

Whether you’re planning a party, hen do, black tie ball or corporate event, South West Boutique Events can help you make your event truly something special. Leanne works closely with our Devon & Plymouth Chamber Events Partner, PL1 Events, to create wonderful backdrops and gorgeous finishing touches.

Sparkling Partner

In partnership with Fresh Air Studios

Many of you will already be familiar with the leading audio production company, which is based in Plymouth and provides audio production and branded podcasts services to advertising agencies and brands across the UK. Led by Paul Philpott, Managing Director and a Director of the Devon & Plymouth Chamber, their national clients include Audible, Royal Mail Group, National Grid, E.ON, Sony Entertainment, M&S Food, Santander and many more. At a local level, the team produces the Chamber’s ‘In Conversation With…’ podcast, as well as ‘The Procurement Show’, which has been positioned amongst the top 10% ‘Most Followed’ and ‘Most Engaged’ podcasts globally.

See the ‘Sparkling Selection’ for this year’s Chamber Awards.

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CHAMBER AWARDS 2024 - MEMBER DEALS

Special offers for our Awards attendees

We’ve teamed up with two of our Devon & Plymouth Chamber members to offer our Awards guests a special discount on accommodation, drinks and travel for this year’s event on Friday 17 May. 

Our hosts, Crowne Plaza Plymouth, are providing not one but TWO deals for attendees. Their first is 20% off their best flexible room rate. Click here to find out more and book.

The team is also offering 10% off drinks if you pre-order before 3 May. Download the form here, complete it and then email it to events@devonchamber.co.uk.

We’re thrilled to reveal that Devon Express Travel is giving a 10% discount on taxis for the day of the Awards – using the code devonaward10.

Please note: This code is only active from 17.05.24 to 18.05.24.

You can download the app, ‘Devon Express Travel’, from Google Play or Apple App Store. All taxis can be pre-paid via card, via app, telephone, QR code or pre-book link – this means that your taxi is guaranteed.

2023 AWARDS FINALISTS AND PARTNERS

Honouring the best of Devon business

Our Devon & Plymouth Chamber of Commerce Awards 2023 at The New Continental Hotel provided an unforgettable night of celebration as we honoured the county’s leading businesses and entrepreneurs.

Our unsuspecting winners were revealed throughout the ceremony by our hosts, Nadine Mashingaidze from the University of Exeter and Fresh Air Studios’ Paul Philpott, who kept everyone entertained throughout. Scroll down to see all our winners and finalists.

A huge thank you to our Chamber Awards partners – AzetsClassic BuildersGA SolicitorsMarsh CommercialPlymouth CitybusUniversity of PlymouthWestcotts Chartered Accountants & Business AdvisersWildanet and YGS Landscapes Ltd – as well as the talented team at PL1 Events for their support on the night.

We were also thrilled to welcome a number of winners from our 30 Under 30 campaign, in partnership with Babcock International GroupMeet all our winners here.

2023 Highlights

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The Problem Solver

Business Diversification Award

A business that shows strong evidence of adaptability and diversification and clear business, partner and social objectives.

In partnership with Westcotts Chartered Accountants & Business Advisers

Our 2023 winner

Highly commended

The Planet Saver

Green Business of the Year

This award recognises organisations with sustainability at the heart of their business. They are fully committed to sustainable best practice and making the world a better and safer place.

In partnership with GA Solicitors

Our 2023 winner

Highly commended

The Workforce Developer

Commitment to People Award

A business that has shown how their approach to the learning and development of their team has enhanced their business performance.

In partnership with YGS Landscapes

Our 2023 winner

Highly commended

The Game Changer

Entrepreneur of the Year

An individual who has transformed an idea into a successful, sustainable business by understanding their market’s key challenges, customers and the competitive landscape.

In partnership with the University of Plymouth

Our 2023 winner

Highly commended

The Global Player

Export Business of the Year

A business that has demonstrated significant and sustained international growth through a clear understanding of overseas markets, proving that borders are not a barrier to trade.

In partnership with Azets

Our 2023 winner

Highly commended

The Equality Trailblazer

Diversity and Inclusion Award

An organisation that champions diversity and promotes inclusion – in their workforce, their customers and any community outreach work.

In partnership with Classic Builders

Our 2023 winner

Highly commended

The Community Champion

Community Business of the Year

An organisation that facilitates, participates, and enables community engagement, demonstrating the power of giving back.

In partnership with Plymouth Citybus

Our 2023 winner

Highly commended

The Rapid Riser

Small Business of the Year

An organisation that can demonstrate exceptional levels of growth with a strong plan for sustainable financial performance.

In partnership with Marsh Commercial

Our 2023 winner

Highly commended

Digital Business of the Year

Awarded to a business that works in the digital sector, has embraced a digital culture or undergone a digital transformation and can demonstrate growth as a result.

In partnership with Wildanet

Our 2023 winner

Highly commended

The Steve Whiteway Award

Our former director 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.

Our 2023 winner

Highly commended

30 UNDER 30

Celebrating all our '30 Under 30' stars

We celebrated the winners from this year’s 30 Under 30 campaign, in partnership with Babcock International Group, during our glittering Chamber Awards ceremony at The New Continental Hotel.

The Devon & Plymouth Chamber partnered with Babcock for the second year running to find and recognise individuals under 30 in Devon who have made a significant impact in the working world.

Joining us as judges for 2023 were Dave Tytherleigh, Aretha Zachlod and Debbie Joce from Babcock International Group, Sharron Robbie from Devon and Cornwall Training Provider Network, Rich Adams from University of Plymouth, Steve Warren-Brown from YGS Landscapes Ltd and Lewis Tolputt from Classic Builders.

2021 WINNERS

The very best in entrepreneurship and enterprise joined us on Friday 24 September 2021 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.

Business Diversification Award

Sponsored by Practice Plus Group

Peninsula Dental Social Enterprise

This entrant has shown strong evidence of adaptability and diversification and clear business, partner and social objectives throughout the pandemic.

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

Salcombe Distilling Company

This entrant has shown outstanding growth plans in the export market and exceptional diversification in order to reach foreign markets and capture valuable opportunities in the market.

Entrepreneur of the Year

sponsored by pbmedia

Claire Robinson (Extra Help)

This entrant has shown that in the last 12 months, they have been crucial in supporting vulnerable people, particularly during the pandemic.

Small Business of the Year

Sponsored by Swatpro Academy

Acronyms

This entrant has shown that they have brought on new employees supporting the local jobs market and they all also have the potential for rapid growth outside of the South West and are in growing sectors.

Green Business of the Year

sponsored by Frazer-Nash Consultancy

Vispring

This entrant has shown that they have set demonstrable and measurable targets for improvement and delivering change.

And a drive to make the ‘green agenda’ central to the way they operate and deliver as a business and not just an afterthought.

Workplace Wellbeing Award

Sponsored by Classic Builders

St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth

It is clear that this entrant puts wellbeing at the forefront of what they do in all aspects of the organisation.

Customer Commitment Award

sponsored by Babcock International Group

BCR Associates

This entrant has shown an end to end customer experience that monitors the customers changing needs throughout and a truly a multi-sector approach to their business with a clear strategy with customers at its heart.

Steve Whiteway Award

Douglas Kerr

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.   

Sonia and Alex Hosking of Collectrical CIC

Steve Warren-Brown

2020 WINNERS

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

CMOStores.com

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.

BluescreenIT

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

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.

Imployable

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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