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Winners announced at East Midlands Chamber’s inaugural Generation Next Awards

The most promising young business talent in the East Midlands has been celebrated in the first ever Generation Next Awards.

Kate Walker, a Loughborough University graduate who founded ExpHand Prosthetics to make affordable and bespoke 3D-printed prosthetic arms for children in 2018, was crowned the Generation Next Future Leader at a virtual awards ceremony hosted by Avit Media director Ash Stanley on Friday 16 July.

She was one of seven award winners at the inaugural event, part of East Midlands Chamber’s new Generation Next network for young professionals and business leaders aged under 35. It was held in conjunction with headline partner the University of Derby.

Other honours included Apprentice of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, a Breakthrough Award, Excellence in Innovation and Technology Award, Community Award and Customer Service Award.

The University of Derby, along with Chamber representatives, chose Kate, who graduated in product design engineering in 2019, for the Generation Next Future Leader Award after recognising how she took a risk to translate her “knowledge and specialist skillset” into a strong start-up business, which is based at the Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park.

Other winners included an Entrepreneur of the Year title for the three founders of Project D, an artisan doughnut bakery based in Derby that has grown rapidly during the pandemic by pivoting its business model to a delivery service with a strong online presence.

The Excellence in Innovation and Technology Award was given to Tony Buck, who has led Chesterfield-based creative design studio Oasis Studio’s EyeSiteView team, which is aiming to transform how residential property is traded by using virtual and immersive technology.

Fraser Stretton Estate Agents, GBS Apprenticeships, Hardy Signs, Loughborough College and Nottingham University Business School were partners of the Generation Next Awards and the Generation Next network, alongside the University of Derby.


Generation Next Awards 2021 winners

Breakthrough Award (sponsored by Nottingham University Business School)


Daniel Jones – Professional Heating Solutions



Holly Daulby – Honest Communications

Max Poynton, Jacob Watts and Matthew Bond – Project D

Kate Johnson – Rate Social

Junyi Xiao – W&W Trading and Consulting


Excellence in Innovation & Technology Award (sponsored by GBS Apprenticeships)


Tony Buck – EyeSiteView (Division of Oasis Studio)



Rikan Patel and Tanrik Patel – Business 2 Business


The Community Award (sponsored by Hardy Signs)


Charlotte Robey Turner – Leicestershire Cares



George Hanvere and Elliot Dipper – Paragon Law

Nisha Pahuja – Charnwood Regency Guesthouse Limited

Katie Gilbert – TTK Confectionery


Apprentice of the Year (sponsored by Loughborough College)


Coral Guard – GBS Limited



Chloe Newton – BEDE Events

Chris Guard – GBS Limited

Chloe Deville – Hardy Signs

Olly Torrence – Purpose Media


Entrepreneur of the Year (sponsored by Fraser Stretton)


Max Poynton, Jacob Watts and Matthew Bond – Project D



Trent Peek – CCM Group

Holly Daulby – Honest Communications

Jordana Chin – Nutri2Go Ltd

Aaron Gent – Aroment



Customer Service Award (sponsored by East Midlands Chamber)


Jenna Hadfield – Banner Jones Solicitors



Beth Bearder – Keebles

Rob Spence – Paragon Sales Solutions

Emily Marriott – Order Blinds Online

Evie Margetts – Corporate Architecture


Generation Next Future Leader Award (sponsored by the University of Derby)


Kate Walker – ExpHand Prosthetics



Edward Morley – Rise & Recline

Harry Dodge – Far-UK

Leah Binney – TTK Confectionery

Theo Kirk – Express Recruitment

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