The awards took place at a glittering ceremony at Plymouth Pavilions on Thursday 23rd April, and RIO was faced with some tough competition in both categories. Other winners included Princess Yachts, Applied Automantion, Plymouth City Council, Larry Speare and many more.
The awards recognise all of the efforts and achievements of businesses and entrepreneurs from right across Plymouth.
RIO is proud to add these accomplishments to its growing list of achievements and awards. RIO originally won the Social Enterprise of the Year award in 2011, and it’s great to see our Plymouth Social Entprise Hub pick up the award just 4 years later. It’s also not the first award for Column Bakehouse, as it won Best Business Start Up at the 2014 Western Morning News Business Awards and Best Local Food Product from Food Plymouth a year earlier for its fresh artisan bread.
Lindsey Hall, CEO of RIO, said, “Winning both Social Enterprise of the Year for Devonport Guildhall and Best Start Up for Column Bakehouse is an accomplishment we are very proud of. Just to have been nominated was a real honour, but actually walking away with both awards is more than we could have imagined. We’d like to pay tribute to all the remarkable organisations shortlisted alongside us, they are all magnificent examples of the success start ups and social enterprises are having across Plymouth. We’d also like to thank the Herald and the judges for honouring us with not one, but two awards, we are just thrilled and will be displaying our awards with pride!”
Find out more about the awards and its winners here. You can follow exciting updates from Devonport Guildhall on their website and read more about RIO’s popular artisan bakery, Column Bakehouse situated in Devonport Guildhall, here.