North Devon businesses go for gold at South West Tourism Awards

PUBLISHED: 13:24 05 February 2018 | UPDATED: 13:24 05 February 2018

Westward Living won gold in the self-catering holiday provider of the year category.

Westward Living won gold in the self-catering holiday provider of the year category.

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Several North Devon businesses returned from the South West Tourism Awards with gold, silver and bronze awards.

North Devon businesses scooped up several gongs in the South West Tourism Awards.

The glitzy awards took place in a ceremony on Thursday, at the Riviera International Conference Centre in Torquay.

Longlands, near Combe Martin, also got gold in the glamping and alternative accomodation of the year award.

And Westward Ho! based Westward Living won gold in the self-catering holiday provider of the year category.

RHS Garden Rosemoor won bronze for Venue & Business Tourism Award. RHS Garden Rosemoor won bronze for Venue & Business Tourism Award.

It was a double celebration, with owners Kathy and Chris Murdoch celebrating their 10th year in trading.

Kathy said: “What a fantastic way to celebrate our 10th year in business, Westward Living.

“Winning these incredible awards means so much to us.”

Skern Lodge took silver for active and sporting experience of the year, and Millbrook Estate took silver in the sustainable tourism award.

RHS Garden Rosemoor, in Torrington, won bronze in the venue and business tourism award.

Many finalists in the awards were also nominated to represent the region in the VisitEngland awards, the finalists for which will be announced in March.

All entrants in the South West underwent a rigorous short-listing process, with 416 being visited by a team of 45 mystery shoppers.

Entry was free, and all entrants received feedback, giving them useful tips for future success.

Richard Stanbrook, director of title sponsors, South West Water Business, said: “As headline sponsors for the South West Tourism Awards, South West Water Business continues to be fully committed to the prosperity of this important and thriving industry – helping businesses save money, improve their green credentials and capitalise on their long-term sustainability.

“We’re privileged to be sponsoring the Tourism Awards again this year and wish the very best of luck to all the finalists.”

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