The Great Hall, 17 March 2022

2021 Winners

Platinum

Platinum Award

Winner:

Colab Exeter

“Colab demonstrated phenomenal invention to bring together charities, businesses, health organisations, educators, hospitality and retail; to collaborate with all sectors of Exeter to fight and survive the pandemic, together. A civic inspiration in a time of great need.”

@colabexeter | www.colabexeter.org.uk

Sponsored by: Marsh Commercial

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Arts

Winner:

DanSci Dance Studio

“Elevated the arts community providing countless classes and work opportunities during a crucially tough period for the sector. Keeping happy, healthy smiles on children and adult faces alike.”

@dansci_studio | www.dansci.co.uk

On The Waterfront

Bar

Joint Winner:

On the Waterfront

“On The Waterfront has pushed itself to full hospitality potential: an expanded offering for all dietaries, with local produce and sustainability at heart, and commendable charity efforts.”

@otwexeter | waterfrontexeter.co.uk

Bar Pink Moon

Bar

Joint Winner:

Pink Moon

“This exquisite all-purposes venue has brought many firsts to the city and quickly adapted itself to provide takeaway service, DJ brunches and various drink-related events. Trendsetters!”

@pinkmooncafe | pinkmooncafe.co.uk

Business Services

Business Services

Winner:

Bluegrass Group

“Thoughtful Bluegrass has gone the extra mile to exceed its clients’ needs: enhanced its offering, is respected as a trusting employer and gave free tech support generously to pandemic strugglers.”

@bluegrass_it | bluegrass-group.com

Sponsored by: Regus

Cafe

Café

Winner:

Café at 143

“Completely rejuvenated its food offering with incredible consistency. Boosted with a popular takeaway service and several record months, customers fell in love with this local delight.”

@cafeat143

Charity

Charity

Winner:

St Petrock’s

“An incredible response to the Covid crisis, helping to move 95% of rough sleepers into emergency accommodation, delivering 17,500 meals and launching a vital outreach service. Life savers.”

@stpetrocks | stpetrocks.org.uk

Civic

Civic

Winner:

CoLab Exeter

“A caring organisation very much for the people. Essential in promoting large-scale campaigns against homelessness and domestic abuse and brought dozens of charities together to change lives.”

@colabexeter | colabexeter.org.uk

Creative

Creative

Winner:

Dirty Martini Marketing

“Using its impressive creative flair, Dirty Martini has bolstered many of Exeter’s favourite businesses with supportive marketing; taking countless cafés, photographers, and legal and property companies to new heights!”

@dirtymartiniexe | dirty-martini.com

Education

Education

Winner:

The Outdoors Group

“A remarkable recruitment year in which The Outdoors Group tripled its workforce and secured bigger, better sites. Its life skills programme and demand for nature exploration has skyrocketed!”

outdoorsgroup.co.uk

Event

Event

Winner:

Exeter Northcott Theatre with Le Navet Bete

“The Covid safe environment at Exeter Northcott was exceptional. Strong feedback from much of its satisfied audience, which included an impeccable 16,000 watching live and virtually around the globe.”

@ExeterNorthcott | exeternorthcott.co.uk

Sponsored by: Warwick Event Services

Food Drink Prod

Food/Drink Producer

Winner:

Venton’s Devon Cyder

“As its name suggests, a truly worthy representation for Devon! Venton’s responded cleverly to a challenging year via its online shop and home delivery service which continue to grow ambitiously.”

@Ventons_Cyder | ventons.co.uk

Sponsored by: Powderham Food Festival

Hair

Hair & Beauty

Winner:

Fika Salon

“Fika is approaching a year since opening and has exceeded all expectations, with over 500 clients and over 250% of the original predicted cashflow. The new talk of the town!”

fikasalon.co.uk

Health

Health & Wellbeing

Winner:

Bluebird Care Exeter

“It’s never been busier for the care sector and yet Bluebird has truly been a stand out; impressively retained 94% of staff on average and provided over 300,000 hours of vital community care.”

@BluebirdCareExe | bluebirdcare.co.uk/exeter

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Homes & Interiors

Winner:

In Ex Design

“In Ex Design successfully handled a portfolio of high-profile projects including Tidal View and Exeter Villa. Its commitment to sustainable out-the-box design is hugely admirable.”

@DesignsbyInEx | inexdesign.co.uk
Legal GX

Legal & Financial

Joint Winner:

GX Accountancy

“Took immense care to provide support packages and over 200 hours of workshop to its loyal 250 clients. A terrific company with a hands-on approach and that ever-special personal touch.”

@gxaccounts | gxaccounts.com

Sponsored by: Yellowtail Financial Planning

Legal Family Law

Legal & Financial

Joint Winner:

The Family Law Company

“A shining example of longevity as well as excellence in its 30th anniversary year! Published more advice than ever before with 600 enquiries received and its online webinars gaining over 36,000 views.”

@TheFamilyLawCo | thefamilylawco.co.uk

Sponsored by: Yellowtail Financial Planning

Leisure

Leisure & Tourism

Winner:

The Bear Trail

“Visitors came in droves to The Bear Trail! Footfall and revenue both surged in 2020 and sessions regularly sold-out, bringing much-needed tourism, excitement and community spirit to the local area.”

@trail_bear | thebeartrail.co.uk
New Business

New Business

Winner:

Life Guitars

“Burst onto the scene and adapted to pandemic times with a new website that consistently sells out stock. Has also been instrumental working with schools and students to encourage musical collaboration.”

lifeguitars.co.uk

Property

Property

Winner:

Grenadier

“Grenadier constantly champions sustainable developments with a keen eye on the environment. Its work on Exmouth’s new watersports centre, Sideshore, is definitely one to watch.”

grenadierestates.co.uk

Restaurant

Restaurant

Winner:

Stage

“Stage has created a genuine energy in the heart of Magdalen Road, innovatively refreshing its menus with its all-new ‘let the chef surprise you’ and mixing the chef’s love of food with the arts.”

stagerestaurant.co.uk

Retailer

Retailer

Winner:

The Recycled Candle Company

“Adapted to challenges with game changing online candle sales and a mind-blowing 2,025% growth up to February 2021. A goldmine of a concept that is dominating its competition.”

@recycledcandles | therecycledcandlecompany.co.uk

BioSystems Technology

Technology & Innovation

Winner:

BioSystems Technology

“Biosystems’ freely available digital training programme was used by researchers globally. Also gained huge exposure sharing knowledge on vaccinations across Channel 4 and ITV.”

@_BioSystems | biosystemstechnology.com

Sponsored by: Exeter Science Park