Awards to honour Derbyshire's young business talent

Young talent in businesses across Derbyshire will be celebrated in the first ever Generation Next Awards.

Thursday, 25th March 2021, 11:38 am
Updated Thursday, 25th March 2021, 11:42 am
Lucy Robinson

Entries can now be made for the inaugural awards, which are delivered in partnership with the University of Derby and form part of East Midlands Chamber’s new Generation Next network for professionals and business owners aged under 35.

There are seven categories, covering a broad spectrum of people in organisations – from apprentices to business leaders – as well as an award for a fast-growing start-up.

The deadline for entries – which can be made by either employers or their employees – is 26 April, with finalists to be announced on 17 May. Winners will be crowned at a virtual awards ceremony on 16 July.

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Lucy Robinson, East Midlands Chamber’s director of resources and Generation Next lead, said: “Generation Next is a really exciting new initiative from the Chamber and these awards promise to be a fantastic celebration of the amazing young talent we have across the East Midlands.

“Young people don’t always receive the recognition they deserve but this is now their chance to tell their stories and showcase their successes.

“It’s also a great opportunity for employers to shout about the great work and innovation coming out of their businesses thanks to the contributions that young employees make every day, who we know are a great asset in ensuring organisations remain fresh and relevant in today’s world."

The University of Derby is the headline partner for Generation Next, with GBS Apprenticeships, Nottingham University Business School and The Lettings & Sales Business signed up as sponsors.

To enter the Generation Next Awards 2021, visit