Generation Next Awards winner 2022: Taylor Gee

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Posted by: JasmineThompson
Posted on: 10/02/2023

Taylor Gee was awarded the Volunteer Award at the Generation Next Awards last year for his efforts supporting charities and organisations within his local area. Now the awards are back open for entries, the sales executive at 360 Autoleasing East Midlands talks to Generation Next about his tips for applicants this year.

Tell us about your journey from starting out to winning your Generation Next Award?

I was nominated anonymously by a member of our family-run team unbeknownst to me.

I was taking part, training and fundraising for various causes at the time, such as the London Marathon, and contributing my time to other local causes via charity sleepouts and fundraising events.

It was around this time I was pushed internally within the business to attend the finalist reveal event at the Cosy Club in Nottingham – despite a house viewing on the same day!

To my surprise, I found out not only was I nominated but also managed to be considered a finalist in my category.

The awards night itself was full of atmosphere with plenty of food and drink to calm the nerves. I was up against some incredible finalists.

What has been the secret to your success?

We are a family-run local business – therefore it is our mission to offer a personalised service while maintaining a competitive price point.

The motor trade is a very competitive marketplace and to stand out means you have to do something really different. It is our mission to not be “just another broker”, but to be present in our business offerings and give back to the community we live in

What tips would you have for any young person applying for business or industry awards?

I certainly didn’t expect to be nominated, let alone win!

My advice would be to put yourself forward as you never know how incredible your achievements are until they are recognised by others. Recognition is such as important concept not only in our personal lives, but also in business.

How does it feel to win recognition for what you’ve done via the Generation Next Awards and how has that helped you in your career so far?

Generation Next gave me a platform to receive recognition for my contributions to local charity and showcase the difference you can make while still working full-time.

It enabled me to spread an important message that anyone can make a difference.

Mingling with the Generation Next community has assisted in my professional development by further integrating with the  wider East Midlands business community, which hosts a wealth of knowledge.

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