Your South West Entrepreneurs’ Team of the Year!

25/10/2019, Marketing, Hannah Leary

Celebrations all round as Swanky is crowned South West Entrepreneurs’ Team of the Year at the 2019 Great British Entrepreneur Awards! Next stop, the Gala Final in London!

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Us Swanky folk are passionate about all-things-ecommerce. Indeed, as leading providers of Shopify Plus growth services in Exeter and beyond, our talented team eat, sleep and breathe ecommerce.


We are therefore thrilled that our team has been recognised for their passion, dedication and ambition by being crowned South West Entrepreneurs’ Team of the Year at the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards (GBEA) – go team!


A few of our wonderful team representing Swanky at the South West Regional Final!

From left to right: Sam Wilkinson (Web Designer), Cherry Shepherd (Office Manager), Dan McIvor (Founder & Director), Jen Caust (Head of Marketing), Hannah Leary (Content Manager), Dave Shaw (Head of Technology), and Ben Homer (Head of Operations).


Speaking of Swanky’s scoop, Dan McIvor, Swanky’s Founder and Director, said:


“Wow. This is incredible for Team Swanky. We’re thrilled to be recognised in this category – it’s a testament to everyone’s enthusiasm, collaboration and entrepreneurial spirit! 


The Swanky team are a talented bunch – all round good eggs. Everyone brings something different to the table, which means we are constantly learning from each other. 


Together, we’re working to secure Swanky as one of the world-leading providers of Shopify Plus-specific growth consultancy. The team are continuously looking for new ways to innovate and improve, which is essential for us to continue moving forward in such a competitive industry.


Congratulations to all our fellow South West finalists!”



GBEA South West Regional Final


We were crowned winners at the South West Regional Final, hosted at Exeter’s Sandy Park by tenor extraordinaire and star of the tv ads, Wynne Evans.



It was a fantastic evening – a real celebration of the extraordinary entrepreneurial talent that our little corner of the world has to offer. There were some incredible tales of entrepreneurship from across the South West, with plenty of success stories from a host of inspiring local entrepreneurs who are working tirelessly to make an impact with their businesses.


Reflecting on the evening, Ben Homer, Swanky’s Head of Operations, said:


“It was a really inspirational evening at Sandy Park – a real privilege to be a part of. We’re feeling very grateful to be part of the GBEA community!


And all topped off with an amazing win by Team Swanky. We’re all feeling very proud to be part of an award-winning team! Thank you to the judges for recognising our commitment and passion for what we do.”


Next up, the National GBEA Final!


We can’t wait to represent the South West at the National GBEA Gala Final next month! 



We’ll be joining other regional winners, judges, sponsors and partners in London to enjoy an evening of celebrations, as we toast to entrepreneurial success and crown the national winners in each category.


Wish us luck!


Swanky’s South West success stories


Whilst we are quickly expanding overseas and putting our Swanky stamp on projects across the globe, the team remains passionate about helping local businesses thrive with our ecommerce expertise. Supporting merchants from across the South West is something that remains very important to us as a team, and we’ve been lucky enough to work on some fantastic local projects.


Read about some of our success stories from the South West, including Saltrock, Time + Space and Spencer Cobby Photography here.


Your South West ecommerce agency


As a leading provider of ecommerce services in Exeter and beyond, we have years of experience migrating, designing, optimising and marketing enterprise level ecommerce stores. We’re on a mission to help local, national and international merchants unlock their ecommerce potential and become leaders in their industries!


To find out how we could help drive digital growth for your brand, please don’t hesitate to contact our team. We love hearing from ambitious merchants who share our passion for ecommerce and website design!



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Swanky is an end-to-end Shopify Plus partner agency, with offices in the UK and Australia. As a leading ecommerce agency for design, development and growth services, we have spent years delivering innovative digital solutions that elevate our clients to the forefront of their industries. We’re committed to accelerating the growth of ambitious brands through the delivery of creative digital solutions and outstanding customer experiences.


About the author

Hannah Leary

Hannah is Swanky's Content Manager and Copywriter. She enjoys researching the exciting world of ecommerce and crafting engaging articles to help ecommerce managers around the world make the most of their presence online. Her blogs specialise in ecommerce strategy, website design and store optimisation.

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