North Devon Business Awards 2022 winners

North Devon Business of the Year 2022 – Diamedica: (from left) Stuart Elford, chief executive of Devon & Plymouth Chamber with Diamedica sales and marketing coordinator Kerrie Anson and managing director Robert Neighbour

175 guests assembled at the Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe, North Devon on Thursday 19 May to raise a glass of Rosefinch Devon sparkling wine from Ten Acres Vineyard to toast the winners of the Business Action North Devon Business Awards 2022.

The awards, organised by Business Action, the independent North Devon business magazine, attracted 114 entries from which judges selected 13 winners.

The North Devon Business of the Year – sponsored by Philip J Milton & Company Plc – was named as Diamedica, which also won the International Trade & Exports Award. A manufacturer has won the overall award in each of the three years the awards have been running.

Full list of winners

Business-to-Business Excellence – Fitzgerald HR

Consumer Service Excellence – The Hair Lounge

Excellence in Hospitality & Tourism – The Grove Inn 

Best Retailer – Country Cottage Bakery & the ilab (joint)

Digital & Online Achievement – Stannp

Outstanding New Business – WayMakers

Sustainable Business – Earth Friendly Foodware

Excellence in Construction – ZW Roofing

Made in North Devon – Moo Free Chocolates

International Trade & Exports – Diamedica

Best Employer – Seetec

Young Achiever – George Robinson

North Devon Business of the Year 2022 – Diamedica

Congratulations to all winners!

“There is such a wide variety of business types and sizes across many sectors in North Devon and the awards offer the opportunity to acknowledge and recognise their achievements,” says Robert Zarywacz, editor of Business Action.

“Many business people elsewhere are unaware of North Devon’s capabilities and expertise. Businesses here manufacture much of the UK’s generic drugs, play a major role in vaccine manufacture, participate in aeronautics, defence and shipbuilding industries, produce hi-tech equipment and components as well as producing exclusive high quality food and drink products. We also have digital expertise, incredible hospitality businesses and many other successful sectors.

“All face the uncertainties that every business now faces and the awards are an important motivator to spur businesses on to continue adapting and developing to maintain the success of the North Devon economy.

“I would like to thank everyone who has supported the awards, especially our sponsors and judges, who have made them possible.”

• We’ll be publishing further details of the winners on this site as well as in the summer print issue of Business Action magazine.