On Thursday evening 13th July 2017, at The Deer Park Hotel, Honiton, 60 local businesses from across the South West gathered for the 373 Group Annual Business Awards. The event was a a triumphant celebration of South West business, showcasing exceptional exemplars of perseverance, inspiration, innovation, and customer insight. The winners across 10 categories were businesses of all shapes and sizes - all achieving great results despite challenging economic conditions.
Event organiser, Chris Lorimer, co-founder of the 373 Group, said, "You can't fail to be inspired by the range of businesses that were recognised. It is a real privilege to run these Awards and lovely to be able to say well done to businesses whose achievements might otherwise go unnoticed."
The Awards were sponsored by Honiton based Griffin Chartered Accountants and attracted over 130 nominations from businesses across the South West.
The Best Company Award was won by Leadstoyou, an Exeter based lead generation company that was started by Justin Elliott from his spare bedroom only 9 years ago. Now the company employs 25 staff, has a turnover of nearly £3m and is expanding quickly. Chris Lorimer commented, "This is the type of business, we love to celebrate - they have shown exceptional skill, perseverance and insight in growing so quickly, without losing the essence of what made them successful in the first place".
The full list of winners is as follows:
Best Customer Service - Exe Mortgages
Best Marketing - Aquamarine Media
Best Professional Service - Saltare
Best Retail - The Cricket Company
Best Rural - Turquoise Thinking
Best Venue - Escot House
Best Start-Up - The Bear Trail
Greatest Social Impact - Hollywell Housing Trust
Top 373 Business Person - Ali Shorer, Articulacy
Best Company Award - Leadstoyou