Business leaders have been congratulating Derek Phillips this week, who has been crowned this year's Exeter Champion at the Exeter Business Awards last Friday.
Nicknamed Mr Exeter, the Vice President of Exeter Chamber of Commerce has been praised for his years of dedicated work for the good of the city.
Derek Phillips has been at the centre of Exeter’s business community for 20 years, working tirelessly for the benefit of Exeter. Following over 30 years’ service at the University of Exeter as Director of Campus Services and Managing Director of its four spin off companies, Derek now holds 14 Company Directorships both local and national.
He has been a driving force for growth in Exeter, for the benefit of its businesses and residents and was influential in securing inward investment in the city, including John Lewis, Ikea and the Met Office, was a founder of the Exeter Business Improvement District which has generated £2.4 million over five years for the city and is a founder of the Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink.
Derek said: “Surprised and honoured to receive this award. Great to see the role of the Chamber being recognised as an essential element in the greater Exeter amazing success story.
Would like the thank the Chamber council members for their support and most importantly Lisa Vanstone and her team in the Chamber office / One Voice Media for their outstanding work to enable both the city and Chamber to flourish.”
As well as his role as Vice President for Exeter Chamber, Derek also sits on the boards of Exeter Cathedral School, Exeter Phoenix and the Devon Hotels & Restaurants Association.