Exmouth Business Awards 2018: It's all going swimmingly for the Devoncourt Lifestyle Club
PUBLISHED: 16:00 19 March 2018
Winning the Sports/Fitness Provider of the Year category at last year's Exmouth Business Awards was a shock, says Andrew Stoneman, manager of the Devoncourt Lifestyle Club.
“Yes, it was a complete surprise as there are so many good facilities around the area,” said Andrew.
“It was quite humbling, and I couldn’t wait to tell the team.”
Based at the Devoncourt Resort on Exmouth’s Douglas Avenue, the Lifestyle Club’s roots go back around 30 years to when the Devoncourt was a hotel dedicated to its timeshare residents.
The club was created to help reduce rising costs. Today it has more than 500 members and facilities include an indoor pool, Jacuzzi/spa, gym, massage chair, solarium/sun bed, sauna, steam room, tennis court and snooker room. In the summer there’s an outdoor pool, plus putting and croquet lawns.
“The award has boosted memberships with that extra advertising, and through the exposure we’ve had,” said Andrew.
“The past year’s trading has been particularly buoyant with new members and a wider range of age groups. It’s given us an opportunity to reach a receptive audience when it comes to social media advertising and traditional print too.”
It all bodes well for the future.
“Leisure, as an ‘industry,’ is one that many consider to be an important part of life; a healthy mind and body helps you in business and life.
“We’ll endeavour to improve the facility, which also has a knock-on effect in gaining customers’ trust to try the Brasserie 16 restaurant, and hopefully recommending the hotel as well.”
Andrew thinks the awards are a good thing.
“When people from outside the area talk about Exmouth, I’ve often heard comments like, ‘Exmouth is up and coming as a town isn’t it?’ The awards are a part of this. We have a great community and spirit, so why not shout about it?”
Andrew said he hoped that the Devoncourt/Lifestyle Club/Brasserie 16 will be nominated again.
“With such a variety of categories, it’s difficult to say which one, but isn’t it great to be recognised for the hard work that you and your team put into the business?”