More than a thousand people packed into Plymouth Pavilions to connect with over 90 of the region’s leading businesses and entrepreneurs at the 2023 Devon Business Show.
SCROLL DOWN to browse through all the pictures from the event, courtesy of Jay Stone.
There was a real buzz in the room about the return of Devon’s biggest Business Show as firms of all sizes met and engaged with potential new clients, customers and suppliers to showcase their products and services.
All 99 stands for this year’s Show sold out in record time, with exhibitors pulling out all the stops to make their displays as interesting, innovative and interactive as possible.
The Devon Business Show will be back on Wednesday 16 October, 2024 – find out how you can register your interest as an exhibitor.
Watch our Devon Business Show 2023 highlights reel, courtesy of pbmedia
Devon Business Show 2023 key themes
The hugely popular event is organised by Devon & Plymouth Chamber of Commerce around three themes – People, Planet and Purpose. It was supported by headline partners City College Plymouth, YGS Landscapes Ltd and Wildanet as the respective ‘People and Skills’, ‘Planet’ and ‘Purpose’ partners.
It is designed around six key zones that cover the region’s core sectors. A huge thanks to our Zone Partners: University of Exeter (Business Services); PL1 Events (Digital, Media & Technology); Plymouth Active Leisure (Retail, Leisure, Tourism & Hospitality Zone Partner); Sir Fix-a-Lock Ltd (Sustainability); Plymouth Marjon University (Education and Skills); and WH Scott & Son Engineers (Marine, Construction and Manufacturing).
Then afterwards, we invited exhibitors to join us at Moxy Plymouth for what proved to be a perfect end to celebrate a brilliant day of networking with delicious pizzas and plenty of drinks.
An exciting an innovative format
The Show offered a fantastic opportunity to hear from the region’s leading businesses and entrepreneurs – LIVE from the studio. The agenda featured business knowledge, top tips and insights courtesy of Fresh Air Studios, supported by Podcast Partner Westcotts.
We’re also grateful to First Aid Partner, White Cross Training, whose Laurence and Sam kindly provided cover free of charge.
Thanks also to our Accommodation Partner, The Duke of Cornwall Hotel, who offered special rates for exhibitors and partners.
A word from our Devon & Plymouth Chamber CEO
Stuart Elford, Devon & Plymouth Chamber CEO, said: “We had the most fantastic day at Plymouth Pavilions for the Devon Business Show. What an incredible event and I want to thank everyone who came. That includes attendees, exhibitors and in particular our three headline partners, City College Plymouth, YGS Landscapes and SocieTree, and Wildanet.
“A special thank you to Paul Philpott and his team at Fresh Air Studios for live-streaming podcasts from the stage. These are now available on Apple iTunes and Spotify.
“And also thank you to Paul Burton and his pbmedia team who helped with social media throughout the day. The spread across the channels has just been amazing.
“I was particularly thrilled to be able to announce next year’s Show, which is on Wednesday 16 October, 2024, at a great new venue – Plymouth Life Centre.
“Their sports hall is 40% bigger than the hall we were in at the Pavilions, and they’re going to open up all their facilities to attendees and exhibitors. So, there’ll be gyms, yoga, swimming, the climbing wall and much, much more.
“We’re going to theme the show around people, about health and wellbeing. And we’ve got an area out the front where there’s an opportunity to showcase the motor industry. It’s going to be absolutely brilliant and you can register your interest as an exhibitor now on our website.
“I want to end by saying thank you again for attending what was an amazing Show, with such a positive buzz. I’m really, really thrilled and I’ve got to thank my team who did the most incredible job. I’m so proud of them.”
The Devon Business Show will be back on Wednesday 16 October, 2024 with a fresh new format that will promote inclusivity and feature exciting, innovative and interactive displays.
Find out more about securing your space for next year – and have your first pick of the stand locations at the Life Centre.
Our 2023 Devon Business Show partners
People and Skills Headline Partner: City College Plymouth
Planet Headline Partner: YGS Landscapes Ltd
Purpose Headline Partner: Wildanet
Business Services Zone Partner: University of Exeter
Digital, Media & Technology Zone Partner: PL1 Events Limited
Retail, Leisure, Tourism & Hospitality Zone Partner: Plymouth Active Leisure
Sustainability Zone Partner: Sir Fix-a-lock Ltd
Education and Skills Zone Partner: Plymouth Marjon University
Marine, Construction and Manufacturing Zone Partner: WH Scott & Son Engineers
Show Podcast Studio: Fresh Air Studios Ltd
Podcast Partner: Westcotts Chartered Accountants & Business Advisers
Show Hub Partner: Babcock International Group
Virtual Goodie Bag Partner: IRS – Inch Recycling Solutions
Show Lanyards Partner: Kaya Gallery
Show Bag Partner: University of Plymouth
Accommodation Partner: The Duke of Cornwall Hotel
First Aid Partner: White Cross Training
Pre-Show Event Partner: Salumi Bar & Eatery
Post-Show Event Partner: Moxy Plymouth
Drinks Partner: The Devon Coffee Company