Pinnacle Youth Award

Open to young people aged between 18 and 27 who live, work or study in the Greater Exmoor area, the Pinnacle Award offers £3,000 to an individual or group who has an Exmoor-based business start-up or development plan.

The Award was set up in 2011 by The Exmoor Society for young entrepreneurs who wish to live and work on Exmoor.  As a conservation body, we fully recognise the importance of providing opportunities for young people to remain on the moor when they enter the world of work.  We want to show that beautiful landscapes and livelihoods can go together to keep the very essence of Exmoor alive.

Closing date for applications: 30 June each year.
To apply, download and complete the forms below.

2018 Pinnacle Award received applications for three outstanding young people that it was impossible to select a winner.  As it is the Society’s 60th anniversary, the trustee decided to extend the funding and award £3,000 to each one.  For more details, please see the press release here.

The Society is pleased to announce the winner of the 2017 Pinnacle Award is Nick Hosegood.

Nick Hosegood is an arborist from Luxborough. With the £3,000 award he plans to offer a portable milling service to Exmoor, his vision being to use mill felled Exmoor-grown timber on site  in structures, fencing or as building materials. The venture will allow him to extend his efforts in woodland. For more details, please see the press release here.

The winner of the 2016 Pinnacle Award was Tom Lile. Tom has established a business for himself in Bicknoller, working in traditional ironwork and wants to branch out into steel fabrication to widen his scope to meet the modern market. The award will help him invest in some of the equipment required in order to expand.  He shares his workshop with his ‘mentor’ Ben Horrobin but sees the potential to progress into adjacent premises on his own and is anticipating taking on an apprentice.