Exmouth Chamber of Commerce
Virtual Business Awards
As part of our #LoveLocal initiative, we are excited to announce the Exmouth Chamber of Commerce Virtual Business Awards 2020 event, to celebrate the positive achievements within our community, as a result of the difficult COVID-19 experience. Our usual awards will resume in 2021; this is an interim event to uplift during an otherwise gloomy time.
AND THE WINNERS ARE …
There were no less than 797 entries / nominations from people/ businesses for this years virtual business awards and it was clear that so many business owners have made incredible efforts to adapt, reform, help and assist during this difficult time. Whilst all entries were fabulous, the judges had the very difficult choice of selecting 3 finalists for each of the six public categories and then the outright winner from those shortlisted. The support to the Chamber from the local business community in this first time virtual awards event has been nothing short of amazing and we congratulate all those who took part. The Exmouth Chamber Virtual Business Awards #ECVBA2020 ceremony took place via a Facebook Live event during the evening of Friday 17th July 2020 - if you missed it, you can still view it by clicking here. We were very pleased to be joined by Mr Simon Jupp, Member of Parliament for East Devon, whose support, assistance and advice to local businesses in East Devon and the Exmouth Chamber of Commerce throughout the Coronavirus crisis has been exemplary. Mr Jupp, together with the Chairman of Exmouth Chamber of Commerce, Ian MacQueen, hosted the online event and announced the winners. The Awards announced are as follows :
1. Best Business to Business Advice Service
Winner : Accounting on Us
Citation : Accounting-on-us is a local bookkeeping business run by Helen Buck. Helen has gone over and above for her clients, making sure to get in touch with each of them individually to explain the upcoming financial support for businesses/HMRC changes. Many of her clients found themselves in unprecedented situations, desperate for help and so Helen decided to be available from 7am – 11pm, 7 days a week , so she could lend support and share advice when they needed it, which her clients greatly appreciated.
Runners Up : The HR Dept, Exeter / Thompson Jenner Chartered Accountants
2. Best Business Adaptation
Winner : The Digital Wellbeing Community
Citation : The Digital Wellbeing Community is an inspirational free online group, set up by Daniel James and a collective of committed instructors, with the aim to support the local community with their fitness and wellbeing during this difficult time, especially those who may be isolating or unable to access other means of fitness/the motivation to do so. They offer 15-20 live online classes a week, with a range of themes and actively post on the group to engage and uplift its community of over 3200 members, of which half are based in it’s origin town of Exmouth.
Runners Up : Antonio’s Exmouth / Isolation Creation Community
3. Best Online Presence
Winner : The Point Bar & Grill
Citation : Since lockdown, the Point Bar and Grill hasn’t been able to function as a restaurant, but that hasn’t stopped them from keeping active online and promoting the wonders of the South West. Richard and his team have posted regularly about a variety of local products and supported others online, including their own team via regular zoom check ins. They have used their platform to build interest in their new menus and support other local businesses/groups/products/ charity initiatives by continuing to spread the word. They even ran interactive competitions for their customers, to win restaurant vouchers. Now they are open again, they have developed an online booking process for customers to arrange their dining experience.
Runners Up : The Wine Hub Cafe / Caramel Clothing
4. Best Customer Service
Winner : Moore’s Pasties
Citation : Moore’s Pasties, run by Daniel Moore, has been running for the past few years, offering a wide range of pastries to the local community and beyond. When lockdown started, they stepped up their game not only in offering free deliveries to a wider audience, ensuring locals could still receive their tasty products, but also by going above and beyond with their customer service – offering a great experience to many in need and supporting local frontline workers with donations of pastries and doughnuts, to uplift their spirits.
Runners Up : The Proper Fish & Chip Shop Co. / L&F Multi Sports
5. Best Community Support Group
Winner : Exmouth Friends in Need
Citation : Exmouth based Claire Austin, created an online Facebook page with the aim to help people who were struggling in the community by circulating donations for basic supplies etc. When lockdown started, the volunteers were mobilised quickly, to get support to the people of Exmouth, including leafleting a majority of houses by the 24th of March. The leaflets were designed as an olive branch, there for those who were struggling with getting supplies due to finances or shielding. Claire and her team have worked tirelessly to help out many in need and continue to do so.
Runners Up : The Esteem Team / Tri-Hards
6. Local Hero
Winner : Lisa Hamer – Mrs Snuggles
Citation : In addition to diversifying her business and offering online support and interactive sessions to keep local kids engaged, Lisa has dedicated so much of her time and effort to looking after the community during this difficult time. She has started fundraising initiatives to help local schools and lifted the spirits in the community by her “random acts of kindness” initiatives, leaving goodies on trails whilst kids are out and about exercising and donating gift parcels/bath bombs to look after local NHS/Key workers.
Runners Up : Exclusiv 3d / Mr George Kent
7. Special Category : Best Business Student of the Year
Winner : Ben Sriburi
Citation : Ben was a strong Business student and showed great understanding of key concepts. He worked very hard over the two years and grasped the essence of Business early on in the course, displaying a flair for key questions that Businesses face every day. His work was always first class and he wrote excellent responses to exam style questions. He had a clear view when making decisions and balanced up the pros and cons of all options before making a reasoned and well justified decision. Ben will go onto great things and certainly has the aptitude, analytical mind and work ethic to succeed in running his own business in the future.
8. Special Category : Best Dressed Virtual Event Guests
Winner : Lewis & Freddie, L&F MultiSports
Grateful thanks to The Wine Hub, Exmouth for donating the prize of a bottle of Champagne for this category.
Highly Commended : Ingrid Reynolds – The Digital Wellbeing Community
Special Mention : Debbie & John Langdon, Celebrations @ Exmouth
Best Dressed Pup : Sarah @ Caramel Clothing, Exmouth
Finally, may we take this opportunity to thank the Exmouth Journal who have been stalwart supporters of the Exmouth Chamber Business Awards since their inception and whose help and assistance in promoting these special Virtual Awards has been fantastic.