Below is the Judges Criteria for selecting the Shortlist and Winners. Nominations should inform the judges why you meet the criteria to give maximum chance of success.

Independent Retailer of the Year – Sponsored by The Exmouth Journal
This award will go to the retailer who has demonstrated the most innovative and consistent approach, delivering an outstanding retail offering coupled with great customer service and presentation skills.

Tourism/Leisure Experience of the Year – Sponsored by Mountlands Language School

Tourism and Leisure play a critical role in the Exmouth economy so this award will be for the business that provides a consistently excellent customer experience, with an exciting and good value offering. It should also have particular appeal for visitors to encourage them to come back to the area.

Restaurant/Café or Bar of the Year – Sponsored by Matford Landrover

Exmouth has a reputation for providing wonderful and varied dining experiences, so this award will be competitive. It will go to the one providing the best food experience, combined with superb value and excellent customer service.

Professional Services of the Year – Clinton Devon Estates
As well as the more obvious financial and legal related businesses, this award will extend to other businesses that offer a service founded on a high degree of trust, where safety and security may also be paramount. It will be awarded to the business providing the most outstanding service, professionalism and value.

Young Entrepreneur of the Year – Sponsored by WNW Digital
This award will recognise the young business person who has demonstrated the most innovative, successful and dynamic business formula, whether they have had a positive impact on an existing business or created a new opportunity.

Hair and Beauty Provider of the Year – Sponsored by The Beauty Room
This award will go to a business that is deemed to be providing exceptional standards of customer care, as well as demonstrating innovation and creativity in the area of hair and beauty.

Fitness/ Heath / Well-Being Provider of the Year – Sponsored by The Dolphin Pre-School and Nursery
This award is for an individual or a business that is enthusiastically committed to using sport, activity and other elements to support people to move beyond their perceived limits so that they can achieve and maintain increased levels of fitness or by supporting individuals with care and support needed at challenging life stages. 

Best Customer Services of the Year (this award is by public nomination) – Sponsored by McCarthy and Stone
This award will go to a business that the public believe makes every possible effort when it comes to looking after its customers. The Judges will not only be interested in the number of nominations, but also the reasons why individuals believe their choice is so special.

New Business of the Year – Sponsored by Everys
Exmouth Chamber recognises just how difficult it has been over the past few years to establish and grow a new business. This Award will go to a business that has not only achieved success, but has truly managed to stand out and create a real buzz.

Best Business – Sponsored by Thompson Jenner
The award will be made to the business that has combined over the past year excellence in customer service and marketing, has generated a ‘feel good factor’ for its staff and customers alike and has engaged positively with the wider local community in the way that it has conducted itself and championed these values.

Best Small Business of the Year – Sponsored by BBX Uk
The Judges will be looking to see a business that has demonstrated sustained growth and innovation with clear and demonstrative evidence of an unswerving drive to achieve ever higher standards of operation both for its staff and customer base. A business that has a plan and knows where it is going.

Social Enterprise/Charity of 2017 – Sponsored by Raymond James Investment Services
For this award the Judges will be looking for an exceptional organisation whose aims, objectives and method of delivery really chime with the needs of the community that it serves.

Judge’s Special Award – Sponsored by Ford Simey
As the name suggests, when it comes to presenting this award the Judges will be seeking a person or organisation that through some extraordinary achievement merits very special recognition. This is open to all of the community whether in business or not.