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Awards

The Generation Next Awards celebrate young talent from across the East Midlands business community. Our finalists will be announced at Cosy Club in Nottingham on 25 May. Visit our events page to book tickets.

Generation Next Future Leader

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Our headline award recognises an influential young professional who has significantly contributed to their industry during their career to date. Entrants will demonstrate how they have made a significant difference to their business’ growth.
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Breakthrough Award

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The Breakthrough Award recognises new businesses - established in the past three years - which have achieved consistent growth backed by strong financial performance under the leadership of a young professional. Entrants will also be able to demonstrate current activity to grow market share and the effect this is having on business performance.
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Excellence in Innovation and Technology Award

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This award recognises individuals that have integrated innovative technology and processes to boost performance within their organisation. Entrants must demonstrate how technology has helped the business - their colleagues and staff alike - to enhance the ability to meet customer needs.
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Customer Service Award

This award recognises individuals that are dedicated to continuously improving customer service, exceeding expectations, and reacting appropriately to ensure customer satisfaction. Entrants will also demonstrate excellence in resolving conflicts when faced with challenges.
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The Volunteer Award

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This award recognises an individual in business, who goes above and beyond their role within the company, to support local communities and charitable organisations by volunteering. Activities can include volunteering at a school, supporting local charities and sharing expertise and knowledge to make a positive impact on the community.
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Entrepreneur of the Year

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This award recognises a dynamic, creative, and visionary young business leader. It seeks to award a successful entrepreneur with the drive and ambition to carry innovative strategies which contribute to the growth of their business. Entrants will be able to demonstrate the development of their business from clear vision and planning through to successful growth.
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Apprentice of the Year

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Open to apprentices aged under 35, who are working towards or has recently completed their apprenticeship in the last 12 months. This award will acknowledge an apprentice’s commitment and ability to make a difference within the organisation they work in, and who show potential to become a leader of tomorrow.
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Sustainability Award

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This award celebrates individuals who have worked on, or created, a project, product, or service, that has or will make a positive impact on the environment. The winning individual must demonstrate a measurable commitment to making such an impact. The award is a chance to position yourself or a colleague as a leader in the green revolution.
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The Creative Award

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This award recognises the rising stars within the East Midlands creative industry, in fields such as music, media, theatre, art, film and entertainment. Young professionals who work in the creative industry which have made a positive contribution to the sector should apply for this award. The individual must also demonstrate how their activities through their role support the local arts activities within their communities.
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Diversity and Inclusion Award

This award recognises young individuals who work to embed diversity and inclusion within business, going above and beyond to ensure everyone is equally involved and represented. Their actions are changing the culture within the workplace and instilling the values of equality, diversity, and inclusion into the foundations of their company.
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