New East Midlands business awards will celebrate young professionals and entrepreneurs

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

By Tim Cunningham
Friday, 26th March 2021, 3:41 pm

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 April 26, with finalists to be announced on May 17.

Generation Next Awards 2021: East Midlands Chamber has launched new awards to celebrate the region’s young professionals and entrepreneurs

Winners will be crowned at a virtual awards ceremony on July 16.

Lucy Robinson, East Midlands Chamber’s director of resources and Generation Next lead, said: “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.

“We have carefully crafted a broad range of categories, and there’s an award to suit every young professional and entrepreneur at each stage of their career.”

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

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