Generation Next awards best talents in the East Midlands at their inaugural awards ceremony. [Find the full list of winners below]

Generation Next is a membership service for young business owners and employees aged between 18 and 35. They believe in building futures by connecting like-minded professionals and helping them thrive through our programme of monthly events.

Hardy Signs is one of the 7 partner organisations and is delighted to have been involved with the awards. Supporting young talents is one of our guiding principles at Hardy Signs, and we are always looking for young entrepreneurs to join our growing team.

We were delighted to sponsor The Community Awards, a category that required the nominees to demonstrate how their volunteering and campaigning initiatives positively impacted their local communities key social and environmental issues. Charlotte Robey-Turner from Leicestershire Cares was selected as the winner, with George Hanvere and Elliot Dipper from Paragon Law finishing as runners up. Nisha Pahuja from Charnwood Regency and Katie Gilbert from TTK Confectionery and a board member of Generation next were among the finalists, too.


Interviewed during the awards ceremony [minute 17:30], Nik Hardy, managing director of Hardy Signs, said, “Charlotte is a passionate and inspiring young person who has the local community at the forefront of her mind and this shone through during the application and the interview. To show that she can support young people to develop power within, power with and power to. She’s a leader in every sense of the word and has delivered a number of employment, educational, diversity and inclusion, environmental training, and support projects during a tough period.

These include tackling youth employment and even linking this to green jobs providing essential items to homeless young people and providing a safe place for asylum-seeking children. Research on yes we can which lead to strong links with new work being developed with a wide range of African, Afro Caribbean and Eastern European community organisations, all of which made her a deserving winner.

Huge commendation to the runners up George and Elliot at Paragon Law who showed exemplary dedication to a project delivering pro bono advice on the EU settlement scheme to the local derby community.

Our Digital Marketing Assistant, Chloe Deville was a finalist in the ‘Apprentice of the Year’ category. Having recently finished her apprenticeship with Distinction and joining the team on a full-time basis, this nomination was a testament to her hard work over the last 18 months.

Chloe said: “It was great to be involved, and an absolute pleasure to be shortlisted for ‘Apprentice of the Year’, after the last year we’ve all had. Congratulations to all the finalists and winners!

100% biodegradable awards for all winners

We were pleased to manufacture the awards for the Generation Next team. Their clear brief and designs made the work of our workshop team easier. Seven clear acrylic plaques mounted to a white supporting panel were produced in-house at our facilities in Burton-Upon-Trent. The plaques were manufactured from 100% biodegradable material, in line with our 5-year green vision.

Generation Next Plaque Awards

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