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The Great Hall, 7 March 2024

2023 Winners

Platinum Award


Coastal Recycling

“Envisioning Exeter’s sustainable future and contributing expert services to nearly 1,600 organisations including Exeter University and Devon County Show. Prompted a significant increase recycling while educating thousands – generating a better tomorrow, today!”

@coastalrecycling |

Arts & Creative


Exeter Phoenix

“The phoenix has risen this year! Impressive efforts to host over 1,100 live events and sell thousands of tickets, with its ‘Big Screen in the Park’ a particularly strong highlight.”

@exeter_phoenix |



Margoux Restaurant & Wine Bar

“Very bold and daring to move into a unique prime location within Princesshay. Bucks the trend with an exciting cocktail lounge appealing to all ages and rave reviews.”

@margoux_exeter |

Business Services


AB Brand and Marketing Agency

“Phenomenal achievements in its 40th year! Highly impressive Christmas campaign for St Petrock’s; also strong awareness aid for South West Water. Creativity applied for community good.”

@ab_and_beyond |

Sponsored by: Hotel Indigo Exeter




“Complex cases, highly active, challenging times. Referrals up 20% YoY. Vital work supporting 6,000 adults and children, on a mission to break the cycle of domestic abuse.”

@wearefear_less |



Exeter Phoenix

“Deeper and wider Exeter engagement: increased the number of ‘Pay What You Can’ events across its programme and successfully promoted mental health to hundreds at its Bloom Festival.”

@exeter_phoenix |

Sponsored by: Exeter Living



Life Chance Group

“National recognition for organisation and founder, 12% more students, exceptional attendance levels, important new outreach programme and charity: great year of significant growth for this therapeutic learning provider.”

@lifechance_uk |



Colour Bomb by The Bear Trail

“An explosion of popularity saw growth from a one-off event to two action-packed, sold-out weekends, with free tickets for Ukrainians. Sprinkling Exeter with colourful entertainment!”

@the_bear_trail |

Sponsored by: Warwick Event Services



The Mortgage Quarter

Demonstrated clear financial growth and impressively consistent since inception, with 40% increase in turnover and huge numbers of client mortgage applications completed. Noteworthy reliability too.”

@mortgagequarter |

Sponsored by: Yellowtail Financial Planning

Hair & Beauty


Male Focus Salon

“Since opening in April this much-talked about, highly distinctive salon increased from two to six stylists, powered by five-star reviews. Excellent training portfolio for local barbershops!”

@malefocus |

Health & Wellbeing


EPIC Solutions

“Exponential growth for this high quality, young people’s healthcare specialist. New state-of-the-art premises, a dozen cross-disciplinary associates, and supported 600 young people across the region.”

Homes & Interiors


Stovax & Gazco

“Exceptional year for this major Devon success story: a market leader and innovator. Developed hydrogen gas fires and led vital campaigns. New 205,000 sq ft facility reflects growth.”

@stovaxgazco |



Community Law Clinic at University of Exeter

“This forward-thinking clinic is heavily involving students with real-life experience and bringing through the next generation of lawyers. Providing invaluable access to the legal system.”

Sponsored by: Yellowtail Financial Planning



Stephens Scown Solicitors

“First south west law firm to receive B Corp certification. Initiated sophisticated and valued CX Evolved project to place client experience at heart of practice.”

@stephensscown |

Sponsored by: Yellowtail Financial Planning

Leisure & Tourism


Markets in Exeter

“Dynamic year with inventive pop-up and longer events increasing participation and footfall. Over 50 of city’s indies traded at the new Exeter Independent Market – a proper potpourri!”

@marketsinexeter |

New Business


Butt Estates

“Clear entrepreneurial success going from few properties to advertise to over 60 listed and majority sales agreed. Smartly run by a promising young estate agent!”

@butt_estates |

Sponsored by: EntreConf

People Services


Avocet Recruitment

“A strong 2022 ensuring increased permanent placement business by 54% and profitability doubling. Undertook a clever rebrand and pivoted its marketing strategy to garner huge reach.”

@avocetrecruit |



Vickery Holman

“Record headcount and turnover levels for this multi-disciplinary, employee-owned property consultancy.  High-profile deals included Revolution, lettings at SkyPark and Topsham Brewery. Also took on eight graduates.”

@vickeryholman |

Sponsored by: Exeter Property Awards



Harry’s Restaurant

“Impressive longevity serving delicious locally-sourced food for 30 years to its loyal customer base. Launched its Harry’s at Home service that went down an absolute treat.”

@harrysexeter |

Sponsored by: Crumbs



Bernaville Nurseries

“Highly effective marketing strategy resulted in record December sales and took a huge leap with sustainable packaging efforts. A fantastic 65th anniversary!”

@bernavillenurseries |



Coastal Recycling

“A significant 2022 onboarding over 170 new clients seeking to improve their sustainability practices through analysis. Newly employee-owned, its recycling initiatives are a beacon for countless businesses”

@coastalrecycling |

Sponsored by: Oxygen House