Our Patrons

The patrons of Devon and 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.

To find out more about becoming a patron please contact Stuart Elford: stuart.elford@devonchamber.co.uk.

List of Patrons


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.

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Cornish Mutual

At Cornish Mutual, we offer home and contents insurance especially designed for people who live in the rural South West, whether in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset or Somerset.  As we are based nearby in Truro, we understand what is likely to be important to you and the kind of issues you face. We started out providing insurance to farmers in 1903, and our deep understanding of the rural South West means we now offer excellent insurance for home owners in the area too. You will find our approach is based on honesty, fairness and transparency. We do what we say we will do. Our customers tell us they appreciate the way we really listen, so we can make sure our home and contents insurance is spot on for your needs. And we aim to keep everything as clear and straightforward as possible, so you always know where you stand.

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The Faculty of Business with Plymouth University

The Faculty of Business provides for our students an outstanding experience in teaching, research and enterprise. Our teaching approach is research led and designed to equip students with discipline specific and transferable skills. With an ethos that reflects the Plymouth University’s values, we'll help increase our students’ employability readiness so that students are fully prepared to secure a graduate career and join our thriving alumni community.   The Faculty of Business pride itself on high impact research that serves and informs the academic, business and public communities. In the Faculty of Business we collaborate to compete at an international level, meeting the University's mission for advancing knowledge and transforming lives. Our Patronage with the Devon Chamber provides us with the capacity to make a highly visible difference for our students, local businesses and communities, and provides us with a platform for our international ambitions. What motivates us? Our vision to be recognised worldwide for the enterprising culture, sustainability orientation and socially responsible values of our research and learning environment, allowing us to produce and disseminate useful knowledge.

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Enterprise Solutions

Enterprise Solutions and GAIN have merged under the single brand of Enterprise Solutions. 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. The University works with hundreds of organisations, both large and small, to find innovative solutions to the challenges they face. This could involve joint research and development projects, access to our innovation centres or science park or accessing student talent or academic expertise. Enterprise Solutions can assist businesses and public or third sector organisations to tap into our services, injecting new thinking to support and drive innovation. If you would like to discuss opportunities for collaboration or have a specific requirement, please visit our website

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The University of St Mark & St John (Marjon)

The University of St Mark & St John is a small university with a big reputationfor 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 offerover 100 different programmes of study designed to meet student expectations and the needs of employers. Our approach to education means that we are ranked highly in all of the league tables relating to student satisfaction,student experience, teaching and learning and employability.

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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. Working in partnership with the College brings many benefits to businesses, including the opportunity to support the local community, access to new recruitment streams and sponsorship opportunities. We have a wealth of industry, training and funding experience and work with our clients to provide a bespoke service, which offers full training needs analysis and a real focus on providing solutions for distinct business needs.

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Plymouth City Bus

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. Over the last 12 months, Plymouth Citybus has invested over £4m in new vehicles and expanded to include routes outside the city boundaries, linking Plymouth with places like Tavistock, Torpoint and Ivybridge.  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 (authorized testing facility) for heavy good vehicles, trailers and public service vehicles.

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