The South West Tourism Excellence Awards programme offers sponsors and partners a range of year-round benefits, including web links, media coverage, industry profile, communications with business, networking and business development opportunities with Services for Tourism Ltd. Benefits start when we launch each spring, continuing for 12 months until the following spring.
There are a range of options ranging from £500 to £5000. For more information please contact Robin Barker, Services for Tourism Ltd, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07870 397438
Sponsors & Partners to date are:
Quality in Tourismwww.qualityintourism.com
Quality in Tourism has been relaunched as an independent accreditation service, offering grading, mystery shopping and specialist tourism and hospitality expertise.
Our experienced team have worked in various tourism and hospitality roles, giving them a true empathy and understanding of the issues within the industry. From mystery customer visits and website reviews to RevPAR and marketing analysis, we work with our members to offer practical help and assistance, with the aim of driving additional sales and increasing profit.
Our assessor team can star rate your property without the prescriptive standards of other schemes, recognising your quality and its appeal to customers, without insisting on outdated physical measures irrelevant to your customers. Our entry level scheme gives assurances to your customers, it is appropriately named Safe Clean & Legal TM. We offer special accolades to help you promote your properties to customers looking for your particular offerings.
Our experience, expertise and insight into the industry allows us to respond to current trends and assist members to deliver what the customer actually wants.
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South West Waterwww.southwestwater.co.uk
South West Water is proud to sponsor this year’s Devon Tourism Awards.
In our beautiful region we want to lead the way to a sustainable water future for us all and to ensure that we can keep our rivers and streams flowing and nature thriving in our precious environment. With population growth and climate change there’s less water to go around. We’re doing everything we can to make sure there’s enough water for everyone, and we are pleased to collaborate with Tourism businesses within the South West to promote water efficiency initiatives to reduce water consumption within the tourism sector.
We would welcome any bids for funding to deliver water efficiency within the Non-Household (NHH) sector – specifically Tourism, within our region. southwestwater.co.uk/commercial-services/bioresources/water-resources-market-opportunities/
Clockwork Marketing has spent a quarter of a century fuelling the growth of hospitality businesses, with a focus on independent hotels and holiday parks. They understand the critical aspects of hospitality marketing, unfamiliar to industry outsiders, such as:
- How customers use hotel websites
- Current hospitality marketing trends
- Room yield and other industry KPIs
- Channel Managers & booking engines
- Google Analytics relating to hotels and holiday parks
- Shoulder months
Clockwork fuses this inside knowledge with ever creative marketing and unique growth strategies. The result? Businesses with strong personalities, clear voices and the right tools to convert interest into direct revenue.
In the digital world, Online Travel Agents are giants. Clockwork helps properties take bookings back and strengthen their independence from the OTAs.
They are the marketing force behind some nationally respected tourism brands, and provide a complete service, including – web design, SEO, digital marketing, direct mail, email marketing, branding, marketing management (inc social media) and copywriting.
MiHi Digital has worked with more than 150 award winning tourism businesses from across the country over the past four years and built a proven track record when it comes to increasing website visitors, conversions and bookings for a wide range of accommodation providers.
They work with all tourism business on website design, search engine optimistation and social media management, as well as offering a wide range of training to business owners.
Plymouth Business Schoolwww.plymouth.ac.uk
Plymouth Business School’s Department of Tourism and Hospitality delivers teaching across a number of programmes, including Tourism Management and Hospitality Management, as well as more specialist courses such as Events Management and Cruise Management.
Staff within the Department also undertake exciting and innovative research covering such subjects as: genocide heritage; tourism and crime prevention; tourism employability; and the development of tourism and heritage related narratives. Plymouth staff have also published articles in top-rated tourism journals such as the Annals of Tourism Research and Tourism Management.
The department has strong links with industry, reflected in part by the Plymouth University Hotel School, and boasts a number of opportunities for students to study a foreign language alongside their degree, thus equipping them for the exciting world of international tourism and hospitality.
Tourism is the largest revenue generator in Devon. 90% of visitors to the county are domestic visitors, with the majority being independent and not coming through the travel trade. More than 465,000 visits were made to Devon by international visitors alone in 2015 – more than a 5% rise over 2014. This resulted in a total expenditure of nearly £164m, with an average spend per visit of £352. Around 25% of the workforce in the county relies on tourism in some way. Tourism is crucial to the economy and prosperity of Devon. Visit Devon CIC exists as the destination marketing organization for Devon, with the aim of making Devon the place to visit.
Owens love coffee, especially sustainably sourced coffee. We started roasting in 2010 and from day one we have insisted on using the finest, 100% organic and Fair trade beans. Since then we have been perfecting our technique in our dedicated roastery in South Devon.
Our award winning coffee is always roasted to order in our Loring Roaster and we are meticulous about the freshness and flavour of each and every bean.
We love to work with businesses who care about fresh, sustainable produce, Owens are delighted to be sponsoring this years awards for Best Cafe category!
Westward M S Ltdwww.westwardmarketing.co.uk
With over 40 years experience and a passion to promote the region, Westward is the leading marketing distribution company. Providing a bespoke, in-depth service across Devon and into the neighbouring counties, we work our absolute hardest to promote the attractions, activities and events that make this part of the country so unique.We provide unrivalled experience and offer friendly, specialist advice.
Whether you require a widespread campaign, a more targeted promotion, would like to appear in one of our publications, or on the App we can help.
Soundview creates marketing videos and Virtual Reality experiences for South West destination and tourism businesses using the latest cutting edge video, immersive, VR/360 and drone technology. We deliver award-winning promotional films that reach millions of global viewers. Whether for websites, television advertising campaigns, social media, events or immersive tours, we connect you with your customers.
By working closely with our clients, we ensure each film tells a unique story that reflects the quality of what`s on offer. We combine excellent storytelling, the latest innovations and the highest production values, to turn viewers into visitors.
"It was your video that made Tree Top Escapes a success in the first year...100% occupancy." Tree Top Escape, Millbrook Estate, North Devon.
"Thank you for a great job that has without a doubt has seen our bookings increase this year and been a very worthwhile investment." Petruth Paddocks,Campsite, Cheddar, Somerset.
To find out more contact Gareth on 01752 516038 07831548604 email@example.com
Bays Brewery is a multiple award winning, family run business based in Torbay, on the Devon coast. Our passion is to brew premium products using the finest local ingredients whilst supporting the community and protecting the environment.
Our products are delivered to pubs, restaurants and shops all over the South West and further afield which firmly establish us as one of the region’s top breweries.
A true spirit of discovery, Plymouth gin is a connoisseur’s gin boasting complex flavours and smooth texture underpinned by a rich and vibrant history. Hand-crafted and batch-made using the same recipe since 1793, the artisanal gin has continually been favoured amongst the world’s best bartenders as well as the British Royal Navy.
With a history dating back to the early 15th Century, encompassing the old Black Friar monks, the renowned Mayflower voyage to the New World and the iconic birth of the cocktail era, Plymouth gin is a historic spirit waiting to be discovered.
Anytime is an innovative online booking and management software, powering the outdoor holiday market around the clock. We support hundreds of campsites, holiday parks, glamping sites, motorhome hire businesses and holiday let agencies all around the UK. Our multi-accommodation focus is one of our key differentiators in this market, along with our reputation for having the fastest and highest quality support.
Save precious time with automation, live availability and payments, intuitive dashboard and reporting, and integrated guest services. Drive up sales using our carefully selected partnerships with leading distributors like campsites.co.uk, Cool Camping, Pitch Up, TXGB and Rentals United. If you need a new website, create one with our new drag and drop website builder - beautiful results with no need to code! Fully supported from our HQ in Cornwall, our cloud-based platform is mobile-friendly and is racked, stacked and packed with all the tools a busy holiday business needs to stand out and thrive
Pear has existed for a number of years and from our humble beginnings, we slowly became the largest print distribution agency in the UK. We connected 1000’s of brands to new audiences, help them reach the local market both during and post-covid, and engaged their visitors on multiple levels.
Pear expanded into several partner companies - giving multiple branches for our clients’ marketing needs.
Now, all of the brands you knew and loved are coming under one Pear-tree to make Pear Marketing. A full-service, multi-disciplinary marketing powerhouse that offers a full range of in-house offline and online marketing services.
Visit Exmoor works on behalf of businesses and partners to promote the Greater Exmoor area to visitors. It is the guardian of the Exmoor brand and works to promote the area including Exmoor National Park and North Devon.
Visit Exmoor represents 100+ businesses in North Devon and is thrilled to be a sponsor, believing passionately in the delivery of high-quality visitor experiences, showcasing the incredible tourism and hospitality businesses across the area. Visit Exmoor's key objective is to attract visitors year-round throughout the seasons, delivering marketing communications and building strategic partnerships to support tourism businesses.
Lovetovisit.com is the revolutionary new way for people to discover and book things to do. Using the latest cutting-edge technology and industry insight, the platform promotes attractions, theatres, events, tours, destinations, and experiences to millions of monthly users.
Brimming with curated content, the user journey on Lovetovisit.com is simple: inspire, book, experience. Written by a team of in-house journalists, this content is engaging and inclusive – in turn, driving visitor numbers and ticket sales across the UK.
Operating a results-based model for partners and an on-booking experience for consumers, Lovetovisit.com ensures that everyone wins.
South West Coast Path Associationwww.southwestcoastpath.org.uk
For almost half a century, the South West Coast Path Association has been helping to protect, care for and champion the South West Coast Path as one of the world’s greatest trails and one of the region’s most important environmental and tourism assets. The Path now attracts over 9 million visitors a year and brings over £520 million into the local tourism economy.
As a charity, our mission is to help people access, enjoy and share in the amazing health-giving benefits and spectacular wildlife which our 630 mile National Trail offers. We work with businesses along the Path (Way Makers), volunteers and members to raise funds to improve and care for the Trail – a task which is becoming increasingly important in light of current climate change.
The Eco Laundrywww.ecolaundry.co.uk/
As the UK’s first eco-friendly laundry service, we have worked hard to develop a process that delivers affordable and sustainable results. We are committed to providing our clients with clean, fresh and professionally-finished laundry and exceptional customer service. We ensure that laundry is delivered on time, smells beautiful and is always immaculately presented in a way that doesn’t cost the earth, meaning plastic free, minimal packaging.
We are so confident in the exceptional service we provide that if you are not entirely satisfied, we are more than happy to provide you with a full refund. No questions asked.
ADA Cosmetics Internationalwww.ada-cosmetics.com
ADA Cosmetics International is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of hotel cosmetics. For over 40 years we have been setting standards by manufacturing and selling high-quality body care products for hotels and their discerning guests. Our aim is to make hotel cosmetics an experience for hotel guests with collections for innovative, sophisticated, hearty and mindful hotels.
ADA Cosmetics International offers hotels a unique and wide range of body care products and accessories. From collaborating with luxury retail brands like Elemis, The White Company and Penhaligon’s, to creating individualised lifestyle brands.
Innovative development such as practical and eco-friendly dispenser solutions is at the forefront of what we do. ADA’s quality driven thinking and pioneering role in issues like sustainability, has earnt us a reputation as a visionary and technological leader.
Sandridge Barton vineyard on the edge of the River Dart in Devon is located in the perfect terroir for growing grapes and thanks to a limestone ridge, is adding a hint of Burgundy to the production of their fine quality English wines.
The vineyard and winery has four decades of history and wine making knowledge and experience, however the name Sandridge Barton marks a new era for the celebrated Dart Valley winery & Sharpham Wine, which has moved across the river Dart to a new state of the art winery adjacent to the 32acre Sandridge Barton vineyard which has been producing grapes for Sharpham Wines for over a decade.
The award winning team already produces natural and vegan wines but they can now implement even more eco-friendly methods and have also converted the former dairy farm into a visitors centre, retail shop and café to attract wine lovers to the region. Visitors are welcome at the existing Sharpham Wine visitor centre and café throughout 2021. From April 2022 visitors will also be welcome to enjoy wine tastings, tours and other events.
Devon Life magazine is THE guide to the best of the county – giving you an unsurpassed package of features, columnists and news stories all about the UK’s biggest county.
Published 13 times a year – including an extra Summer Special issue – Devon Life offers unrivalled coverage of all there is to see and do in Devon. Our comprehensive Food & Drink and What’s On sections offer fantastic insider tips on the best places to visit each month and our Property & Homes supplement is invaluable for those seeking to buy a property in the county or planning improvements to their existing home.
A warm welcome from PayDough.me, proud to be sponsoring these outstanding awards this year.
Whatever you concept is around “Card Payments” think again. Think of me as your Outsourced Card Payment Specialist, someone who is on your side, together we do payments. I can help you navigate the payments industry, avoiding some of the pitfalls you may have experienced. I can help make sense of what’s possible, throw in a few new ideas and take the hassle out of securing a good deal.
I work collaboratively with you and an extensive range of payment providers and partners to ensure the package I mould is always the optimum fit. I have options for businesses small, large and everything in between.
Once you are up and running the service doesn’t stop there either, I will manage and monitor what was agreed.
Dartington Crystal is the major private employer in Torrington and surrounding rural areas, which is very important to the South West and UK economy. All hand-made crystal items are still produced at Dartington Crystal in Torrington meaning the factory is the only working hand-made tableware producing crystal factory left in the UK.
Hedgerow Marketing provides full outsourced marketing and PR for busy, ambitious businesses in the South West. We work as part of your team to keep your profile up, generate enquiries and help you keep leads and sales rolling in.
Our activities are wide ranging, depending on what you need. As a guide, they include providing content for social media and your website, running adverts on Google, Facebook and Instagram, SEO, website design and build, rebranding projects, and creating and implementing marketing campaigns. We love print and you can’t beat good design.
Mews is an innovative hospitality management cloud that empowers the modern hotelier to improve performance, maximize revenue, and provide remarkable guest experiences.
A fully integrated ecosystem of six key products – Operations, Payments, Guest Journey, Business Intelligence, Marketplace and an Open API – harnesses the power of smart automation to make a real difference for properties and chains of all sizes.
With over 600 integrations and hospitality tech partners, Mews is the most connected solution on the market. It's also the easiest to use, with a clean, intuitive interface and outstanding support should you need it.
It’s our mutuality which sets us apart. We’re owned by and run for you, over 900,000 members, and we work hard to protect your interests. From our 300 local agent offices offering personal service to our tailored quotes you can’t get on price comparison sites, your needs are at the heart of everything we do.
Gaining accolades is one way of being recognised for the high standards of customer service and cover which we provide. We take pride in the fact that many of our general insurance products have received recognition from third parties, demonstrating our commitment to providing a comprehensive level of cover.
But we’re not standing still. Supporting our communities is very important to us. We’re committed to helping protect the environment, championing rural communities through events and initiatives, and continuing to offer the best care possible.
South West-based Stephens Scown LLP is an award-winning legal firm with offices in Exeter, Truro and St Austell, and was the first large law firm to become employee owned. It has over 300 people, including more than 50 partners, and is one of the largest law firms in Devon and Cornwall, offering a broad range of expert business and personal legal services, as well as expertise in a number of key market sectors, including holiday parks, food and drink, leisure and tourism.
Founded in 1938, Stephens Scown is consistently ranked highly in the UK’s top two independent legal guides, Chambers and Legal 500. It has also been ranked for seven consecutive years in the UK’s 100 Best Companies to Work For List (formerly Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies To Work For List). The firm also won UK Law Firm of the Year at the British Legal Awards 2016. Clients range from individuals to SMEs, FTSE and international companies.
For more information visit stephens-scown.co.uk
As one of the most established and well respected firms of Surveyors, Vickery Holman deliver property consultancy services across the South West. With offices in Truro, Plymouth, Exeter and Bristol they deliver local expertise within the region to their regional and national clients. Regulated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors their local experts offer a full range of services and specialise within the leisure industry to provide:-
Commercial sales, acquisitions as well as business rates consultancy for hotels, holiday parks and self-catering complexes;
Service charge administration and management for commercial property and holiday parks;
Valuation for secured lending, accounting and tax purposes;
Building surveying services including surveys for purchase, project management and planned maintenance and new developments.