On the evening of Friday 18th May, Sandy Park played host to a glittering Express & Echo Business Awards ceremony, celebrating business success in Exeter and the surrounding areas. From innovative start-up enterprises to long-established organisations entrenched in the city’s economy, a plethora of companies were recognised for their business achievements, in categories including Apprentice Employer of the Year, Digital Business of the Year and Business Growth of the Year.
The competition was extremely strong, and although we didn't win our categories, we are very proud to be finalists for not one, but two awards: Innovative Business of the Year and the Corporate Social Responsibility Award. At Hunter Stoves Group we are committed to the research and development of advanced wood, multifuel and gas stove technologies that are highly efficient and can provide ‘green’ heating for the 21st century, so we are thrilled to have been recognised for our efforts in these two particular categories.
From left to right: Francisco Fonseca, Steve Clatworthy, Paul Grimes, Hannah Leary
Attending the awards ceremony were Hunter Stoves Group Managing Directors Paul Grimes and Steve Clatworthy, along with marketeers Francisco Fonseca and Hannah Leary. We caught up with them for the lowdown on the evening’s events …
Following a warm prosecco welcome, we enjoyed a fabulous three-course dinner in the very glamorously-dressed Exeter Suite. After a talk from the Met Office’s David Underwood about Exeter’s ambitions and success, it was time for the ceremony to begin. There was a wonderful celebratory atmosphere as the winners took to the stage to collect their awards - it really was great to be in the company of so many inspiring businesses and get a chance to celebrate everyone’s hard work and success. There was even time to take a trip to the magic selfie mirror, where, adorned with all manner of fun and funky props and accessories, we posed for some commemorative photos that have already taken pride of place back in the office.
Overall, we had a fabulous evening representing Hunter Stoves Group at the awards ceremony. We feel very proud to have been named finalists, and to have had the hard work that the whole team at Hunter Stoves puts in recognised by the judges. Congratulations to all the winners and finalists!
To see photos and a full list of winners from the awards ceremony, check out the Devon Live site.