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Devon's finest - 18 businesses that won major awards in 2021 From cafes to construction firms, manufacturers to media agencies, Devon has some of the best businesses in the UK, if not the world 08:00, 16 DEC 2021 Devon's GripHero won two major titles at the Association for Petroleum and Explosives Administration (APEA) 2021 Awards Sign up to FREE email alerts from BusinessLive - South West - your daily regional round-up of latest headlines, comment and analysis Invalid EmailSomething went wrong, please try again later. Subscribe We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info Thank you for subscribingWe have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice What a year it has been. With the Covid pandemic still affecting the economy it's been 12 months of turmoil for many businesses. Yet even in these difficult times there are companies which have triumphed. So here we look at 18 Devon businesses that won major awards in 2021, proving that when the going gets tough the tough really do get going. GripHero Hatherleigh-based GripHero Ltd, the maker of the world’s only static-safe glove and fuel-nozzle mounted dispensers, has won two major titles at the Association for Petroleum and Explosives Administration (APEA) 2021 Awards. Honouring and celebrating the latest products and most innovative services available on the forecourt and in the petroleum market, GripHero’s success is a huge endorsement for the Devon-based business which launched in 2018. Today, GripHero supplies hand-protection internationally to forecourts that serve over 500million drivers each year. Winning both the Health and Safety Performance category and Environmental Protection and Sustainability Award the double success follows on from a brace of titles the last time the APEA awards were held in 2019; when GripHero won the Environmental Protection and Improvement Award and the Innovation Award. This year, the APEA Health and Safety Performance Award was presented to GripHero in recognition of the decision to provide its hand-protection “glove” dispensers free to forecourts across the globe in the battle against Covid-19. This resulted in 50,000 free-of-charge units being sent worldwide, providing best-practice hand-protection to the forecourt front line at a point when it was needed most. The Environmental Protection and Sustainability Award highlighted the success of GripHero’s R100 glove cartridges, which are made from 100% “open loop” recycled plastics. Combined with GripHero’s single item dispenser, which ends unnecessary waste and the potential for hand-protection blow-out into the environment, GripHero has succeeded in cutting CO2 by 94% compared to conventional gloves. Read More Inside the National Marine Aquarium, in Plymouth, is a member of Devon Association of Tourist Attractions Some of the South West’s most established companies were honoured alongside the region’s most ambitious new and growing businesses at the Western Morning News Business Awards , at the black-tie event at Plymouth’s plush Crowne Plaza hotel. The Devon Association of Tourist Attractions won the Tourism and Hospitality Resilience Award, sponsored by Tozers. The not-for-profit organisation represents more than 40 of the county’s top attractions. Members - which include the National Marine Aquarium, Exeter Cathedral and Buckfast Abbey - and are annually inspected to meet rigorous criteria and quality standards. swcomms swcomms managing director Brian Lodge, Vincent Disneur from The Apprentice and Strictly Come Dancing's Anton Du Beke at the Comms National Awards 2021 Business communications provider swcomms won the 2021 Best SME Vertical Market Customer Solution category at the Comms National Awards 2021. The award was presented to swcomms’ managing director Brian Lodge by Strictly Come Dancing star Anton Du Beke and former The Apprentice candidate Vincent Disneur, of telecoms billing platform Union Street. The ceremony was hosted by Comms Dealer magazine at the Park Lane Hilton in London. Exeter-based swcomms’ successful entry focused on the Microsoft Teams solution deployed to charities during the pandemic, including Age UK Exeter, Citizens Advice East Devon and West Devon Business Information Point. These charities could not hold face-to-face meetings with their clients during the lockdowns of 2020. The Teams solution provided a flexible phone system and video meeting solution that could be used wherever the charities were working. This is the second national industry award swcomms has won for its Microsoft Teams solution after winning the Comms Business SMB ICT Solution Award 2021.. Vistry South West The Vistry South West team is honoured at the Housebuilder Awards Housebuilder Vistry Group won the biggest accolade at a national awards celebrating excellence in the industry. Colleagues at Exeter-based Vistry South West, part of Vistry Group, are celebrating receiving Large Housebuilder of the Year at the Housebuilder Awards, run in partnership with the National House Building Council (NHBC) and Home Builders Federation (HBF). The housebuilder, which was formed at the start of 2020 and builds Bovis Homes and Linden Homes properties in locations including Dorset, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, also picked up The Housebuilder Star Award. The Housebuilder Awards returned live to the InterContinental London-The O2 with more than 500 people enjoying the black-tie event hosted by comedian Tom Allen. Vistry was praised for showing “real intent across the board”, with five finalist entries. Sue Scholfield, sales and marketing director for Vistry Group’s Western region, was also honoured at the Housebuilder Awards by winning the Housebuilder Star Award. The Five Bells The team at Devon's The Five Bells The couple behind one of Devon’s most popular gastro pubs are celebrating their fourth year in business with a clutch of recent national and regional awards. The Five Bells in Clyst Hydon is a Grade II listed, 16th century pub near Cullompton that was rescued from permanent closure in 2013. Current owners James and Charlie Garnham took over in December 2017 and appointed head chef Charlotte Vincent in July 2019 after a 20-year career that includes a decade as pastry chef at Gidleigh Park. Collectively they have raised the profile of the business to become of the UK’s Top 50 Gastropubs. In the second half of 2021, the team won Gold from Taste of the West, Gold from Food and Drink Devon, been a runner up in the Exeter Living Awards and for the first time, were double finalists in the Great British Pub Awards, beating competition from around the UK to finish in the final three in both the Best Food Pub and Best Pub Chef categories. Fresh Escapes James and Fiona Gardner of Devon's Fresh Escapes Celebrating the best organisations in property, the Exeter Property Awards culminated in a sparkling award ceremony at Sandy Park in November. Amongst the best in categories for contracting, property development and design, Fresh Escapes was winner in the One to Watch category. This unique category, spanning a range of property expertise, recognises and celebrates organisations for making an impact now, and identifying those that are worth keeping an eye on.. Fresh Escapes stood out from the competitive field, helping owners transform their homes to become lucrative property investments. They bring hotel-style accommodation and service extras to holiday homes. Fresh Escapes works collaboratively, connecting businesses in Exeter and widely throughout Devon with guests in a sustainable way, to help commerce grow through tourism. Bovis Homes Alan Gilfillan, site manager at Bovis Homes in Devon After receiving his second NHBC (National House Building Council) Pride in the Job award earlier this year, Alan Gilfillan – a former sergeant major – repeated his success in the next stage of the competition. He has been crowned as a Seal of Excellence winner for the second time for building exceptional homes at Bovis Homes’ Cherry Fields development in Bickington. The accolade acknowledges the top 19 site managers in the South West and was presented in front of an audience of sector peers at an awards ceremony in Bournemouth in November. Organised by NHBC, the UK’s leading warranty and insurance provider for new homes, the awards are the most highly regarded in the housebuilding industry. They recognise site managers dedicated to achieving the highest standards in housebuilding and committed to building homes of outstanding quality for their customers. As well as undergoing spot checks on the day-to-day running of the sites, each candidate is assessed across all areas of site management, including their technical knowledge, consistency in the build process and the quality controls they have in place. Alan, aged 66, was previously a sergeant major in the British Army’s 2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment. After his service, he took courses in bricklaying and carpentry before completing his own barn conversion and now has an impressive 19 years’ housebuilding experience. He lives in Prixford and has three children and five grandchildren. In his spare time, he enjoys working out in the gym in his cottage and playing football. Sandford Orchards Devon's Sandford Orchards was rewarded at the World Cider Awards Devon’s Sandford Orchards, producer of authentic cider created by combining tradition and innovation, is thrilled to have won gold at the International Cider Awards for its Sandford Reserve, which is part of its recently launched vintage collection. This is the second international award bestowed on Sandford Reserve since it was released earlier this year, making it officially one of the best ciders in the world. The International Cider Awards, launched in 1888, is one of the oldest competitions that is judged by cider makers. An International Cider Award is recognition, by fellow professional cider makers, that a cider is an outstanding example of its style. Launch The team at Exeter-based paid media agency Launch Exeter-based paid media agency, Launch, has been named as one of the top 10 agencies in the UK by The Drum Recommends, a global service to help companies choose which agency to work with based on their client reviews and ratings. Launch is the only agency in Devon and Cornwall to be named in the prestigious list and follows huge advances for the business over the past 12 months, driven by the boom in digital during the pandemic. Since the start of the year, the agency has doubled its revenue to exceed £1m and employed a further 10 people to grow the agency’s total headcount to 20. Ambitious plans for 2022 have the company on track to grow a further 50%to exceed £1.5m. Rain Nutrience Make UK's Jim Davison presents Honiton-based Rain Nutrience's Katie Robertson with its SME of the year award Honiton-based Rain Nutrience struck gold at a regional manufacturing awards ceremony by being named the South’s SME of the Year. The awards, sponsored by legal firm Bevan Brittan, and organised by Make UK, the manufacturers’ organisation, were held in Swindon to recognise the achievements of companies from across the South with the winners now going on to the National Finals which will be held in London in January 2022. Rain Nutrience was presented with the award in recognition of its growth and, as an example to other manufacturing SMEs of the power of digital, on demand manufacturing methods. Having experienced more than 70% year-on-year growth the judges commented on the clear importance of togetherness across the business. KOR Communications The team at Exeter's KOR Communications, CIPR Silver Award Winners A live broadcast and multi-media campaign launching England’s newest National Nature Reserve (NNR) in Devon, has won a top industry award. Exeter-based KOR Communications produced an hour-long programme on behalf of the landowner Clinton Devon Estates to mark the designation of the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths NNR by Natural England. The live broadcast was hosted by RSPB chair of council Kevin Cox and with special guests from Natural England, chair Tony Juniper and chief executive Marian Spain. KOR was recognised for its work in designing and delivering the event, with supporting videos, print and digital materials, with a Silver Award in the Best Use Of Content category at the annual Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) PRide Awards, for the South of England and the Channel Islands. The awards recognise outstanding work delivered by PR teams across the UK over the past two years. KOR’s team devised a programme of content, which included short films, interviews, photography, the production of a commemorative magazine, targeted social media and traditional press coverage. Activity culminated in a one-hour live online broadcast event which was produced and directed by its skilled in-house team. Two Bridges Hotel The team from Dartmoor's Two Bridges Hotel, named best restaurant at The Food Drink Devon awards Two Bridges Hotel, on Dartmoor, won the best restaurant award at The Food Drink Devon awards, now in their 10th year. The awards celebrate the very best Devon has to offer by recognising and championing the county’s most respected, influential and passionate artisan food and drink producers and establishments. The Bedford Hotel, in Tavistock picked up a Gold Award. Both hotels are under the same local, private ownership, and place a strong emphasis on using the very best ingredients from local suppliers. Tthe Two Bridges Hotel and The Bedford Hotel have already chalked up many awards for food and hospitality, including Taste of the West Gold awards for four consecutive years. Barratt Homes Nicki Reid, Barratt Homes Exeter sales director; Jess Wherry, project manager at the RBLI; David Thomas, chief executive Barratt Developments; Peter Girling, founding patron of the Tommy Club with the award at Victoria Heights development A charity which supports Armed Forces veterans and wider disadvantaged communities has honoured a leading Devon local housebuilder for its long-term support. Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI), which provides support to injured veterans including employment opportunities through its social enterprise factory, has presented Barratt Homes' Exeter Division with a Tommy award. The handmade Tommy figure, made by a veteran who works at the not-for-profit factory, was presented to David Thomas, chief executive of Barratt Developments at the new Victoria Heights development in Alphington on the outskirts of Exeter. The charity commended Barratt's Exeter team, which covers the wider Devon area, for their continued support, particularly through the challenges of the covid pandemic. The Exeter team commissioned the RBLI factory to create many of the signs they use on developments across the Devon, Cornwall and Somerset regions. The Bucket & Spade Café Rachel Dean, from The Bucket & Spade, and Julie Cotgrave of Food and Drink Devon Based in Shaldon, with views across the Jurassic coastline, The Bucket & Spade Café at Coast View Holiday Park won Gold in the Best Restaurant & Best Pub categories and Silver in the Best Bar category at the Food Drink Devon Awards. The Bucket & Spade Café, open to on-site lodge owners and members of the public seven days a week, received the honour in front of more than 250 of the county’s finest food and drink producers, hospitality and catering businesses and specialty retailers celebrated at the awards’ ceremony, held at the Grade II listed New Continental Hotel, in Plymouth. Salcombe Distilling Co Salcombe Distilling Co's co-founders Howard Davies and Angus Lugsdin Internationally acclaimed Salcombe Distilling Co won the Export Business of the Year category at the Devon Chamber of Commerce Awards, which honours the best in entrepreneurship and enterprise. Just over half-a-decade after creating its very first bottle of gin, Salcombe Distilling Co’s brands, Salcombe Gin and New London Light are seen in some of the biggest and most important markets around the globe. Leading figures from the South West business community were out in force at the refurbished Schiller Hall at Buckfast Abbey for the Devon Chamber of Commerce Business Awards. Launched in 2016, Salcombe Gin is distilled on Provident, a 450l bespoke copper pot still which stands proud behind glass doors at the distillery for all to see whilst enjoying a Salcombe & Tonic in the tasting bar overlooking the Salcombe estuary. Next door is The Gin School where visitors can learn about distillation and create their own bottle of gin. Salcombe Distilling Co retail stores are situated in Devon coastal towns, Salcombe and Dartmouth. Browne Jacobson Tom Lyas of Briowne Jacobson South West law firm Browne Jacobson won the Innovation award at the fifth annual UK Social Mobility Awards 2021. The virtual gala event is a leadership initiative which is committed to promoting social mobility throughout the UK and recognises businesses and organisations that demonstrate innovative ways of advancing social mobility within the workplace. The firm, which has a major office in Exeter, was named in the Innovation category for its commitment to helping to break down the barriers that people from lower socio-economic and minority backgrounds experience when trying to access a legal career through its FAIRE (Fairer Access into Real Experience) initiative. FAIRE, which was devised by Browne Jacobson’s recruitment manager Tom Lyas, aims to support social mobility, offering students equal access to work experience that can pave the way for a career in the legal sector. The programme successfully launched in 2021 when the firm hosted FAIRE: virtual work experience and legal career insights event in partnership with Young Professionals. The two-day event gained huge engagement with 10,000 participants signing up across the full breadth of the UK. It was the UK’s biggest virtual work experience and legal career insights event ever. Merlin Equipment Ltd Exeter-based Merlin Equipment was a winner at the Western Morning News Business Awards in 2021 (Image: www.merlinequipment.com) Winner of the Innovation Award, sponsored by Openreach, at the Western Morning News Business Awards , Merlin Equipment was established more than 25 years ago and has since been a key developer, innovator and leader in the provision of power for critical use applications. Exeter-based Merlin is the trusted electrical partner for UK Ambulance, Fire & Police Forces, the UK’s largest commercial vehicle fleet, NATO special forces and armies. How to contact William Telford and Business Live Business Live's South West Business Reporter is William Telford. 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To sign up for Business Live's daily newsletters click here And visit the Business Live South West LinkedIn page here Flapjackery Sally Jenkin and Carol Myott of Flapjackery Tavistock-based Flapjackery’s Clotted Cream Fudge Flapjack was awarded a gold star by Great Taste, the largest and most trusted food and drink awards on the planet. Out of 5,383 products worldwide to receive a Great Taste 1-, 2- or 3-star accolade, its Clotted Cream Fudge Flapjack will now be able to display the unmistakable black and gold logo, a stamp of excellence that is recognised by retailers and consumers alike. Flapjackery, which hand-makes all its flapjacks using the finest British ingredients, has been riding the crest of the wave having also won four Golds at the Taste of the West Awards.