Exmouth Business Awards 2018: extraordinary achievements marked by Judges’ Special Award

PUBLISHED: 06:30 14 May 2018

Phil Griffin. Photo by Terry Ife ref exe 5864-35-13TI

Phil Griffin. Photo by Terry Ife ref exe 5864-35-13TI

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As a category with no shortlist, the Judges’ Special Award adds an even stronger element of surprise and anticipation to the Exmouth Business Awards.

Exmouth Business Awards 2017. Judges Special Award : Mr Phil Griffin. Picture: John Thorogood Exmouth Business Awards 2017. Judges Special Award : Mr Phil Griffin. Picture: John Thorogood

Last year the accolade went to the man who first pitched the idea of the awards to the Exmouth Chamber of Commerce, in 2011 – former editor of the Exmouth Journal, Phil Griffin.

Phil said he wanted to ‘give an official pat on the back’ to local businesses big and small, which offered ‘amazing experiences each and every week’.

His idea became a reality and the event, organised in partnership between the Exmouth Journal and Chamber of Commerce, flourished in its role of recognising the diverse business excellence in Exmouth.

Phil said he was ‘extremely proud’ of the achievements of everyone involved in the awards, making last year’s win even more special for him.

Exmouth Business Awards 2017. Judges Special Award : Mr Phil Griffin. Picture: John Thorogood Exmouth Business Awards 2017. Judges Special Award : Mr Phil Griffin. Picture: John Thorogood

He said: “Winning the award came right out of the blue for me and was a great honour at the end of a 34-year career with Journal and its associated newspaper titles.

“I had only retired a month or so before the awards and I was shocked, to say the least. It’s nice to know that the Journal and its staff have helped the chamber to create an event which is so prominent on the business calendar.

“Hand on heart, the award trophy takes pride of place in our home. That should speak volumes. To be thanked by your peers is very special.

“It’s a night I will never forget and I, again, thank those friends I have made on the chamber for their kind gesture.”

Phil added: “The awards are a wonderful way of thanking our business community for the tremendous services they provide and which often go unrecognised, even with a thank you or a smile.

“The atmosphere is incredible. I have seen winners overcome by floods of tears and I cannot count how many times I have heard the words: ‘I never thought we’d win...’”

Managing director of WNW Digital and former chairman of the Exmouth Chamber of Commerce, Nigel Wilkinson, said: “The Judges Special Award recognises people who have done something extraordinary for Exmouth, especially in the Business community.

“This has enabled the Chamber to publicly recognise people who might not enter specific Award categories but who have enriched our town.”

As well as Phil Griffin, other winners have included Tony Alexander, from Exmouth Community College, Susanne Birkett from Exmouth Town Management.

Nigel added: “These, and previous winners, have all added greatly to the business community in Exmouth and it has been our honour to award the Judges Special Award to mark their achievements.”

The Exmouth Business Awards 2018 are being held on Friday, May 18, at Ocean.

A drinks reception will begin at 6.00pm, followed by the call to table at 7.10pm and guests sitting down at 7.30pm.

Tickets are available to buy now, at Exmouth Pavilion, until May 12.

More information is available at www.exmouthchamber.co.uk

Read next: More stories in our build-up to the Exmouth Business Awards 2018.

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