**Entry to the Burton Mail Business Awards is free; entry form can be downloaded here **

The best and the brightest when it comes to business in Burton and South Derbyshire are being encouraged to compete for a top gong. Burton and South Derbyshire College is once again supporting the Young Employee of the Year at this year's Burton Mail Business Awards.

The award is focused on rewarding an employee or apprentice under the age of 25 who has been working for a company between one and three years. The judges will look for someone who has shown exceptional dedication and who has made an important contribution to the business as a whole.

Sarah Collinson, head of marketing at BSDC, said: "We are committed to supporting local community initiatives and are delighted to sponsor the Burton Mail Business Awards.

"Showcasing and developing young talent is something we are passionate about, so the Young Employee of the Year is the perfect category for us. We are delighted that apprentices are included as they are a valuable part of the team for many organisations."

Jack Richards, from Chameleon School of Construction, scooped the award last year for her efforts in the workplace.

The eighth Burton Mail Business Awards will see 11 different gongs up for grabs, including the prestigious Business of the Year title.

The winners will be announced at a glittering gala awards ceremony on Thursday, October 19, which will again be held at Burton Albion's Pirelli Stadium.

There are several categories in the Business Awards that are aimed at individuals including the Young Employee of the Year award and Employee of the Year award.

This year also sees the introduction of two new awards – Medium Business of the Year (21-100 FTEs) and the Leisure and Hospitality Award, which incorporates everything from retail to restaurants.

Firms have until September 8 to enter and can enter as many categories as they wish.

Burton Mail editor Emma Turton said: "Every year we have great entries in this category and 2017 will be no different. Burton and South Derbyshire firms have so much to offer and those who have just started and experienced success can showcase this by entering this award.

"We cannot wait to shout about all what is good about the best of the best when it comes to business in East Staffordshire.I would now urge all businesses to get involved and be part of the Burton Mail Business Awards 2017."

You can enter this year's Burton Mail Business Awards here

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