Burton kebab firm Veli's scoops top national award
A BURTON-BASED kebab business is celebrating after it scooped a national award.
Veli's Kebabs, in Hawkins Lane, scooped the 'Best Related Business' prize at the British Kebab Awards, which were held at the Park Plaza Hotel in London.
The company, which exports its products across Europe, as well as throughout the UK, was honoured as 'highly recommended' at the ceremony.
The awards, which are now in their third year, have become a fixture in the annual food awards calendar.
Burton MP Andrew Griffiths was in attendance and voiced his support for the business, stating that it was a success story for the town.
He told the Mail: "There were eight other businesses nominated in the category but Veli's was chosen as the winner. It's the third year that the wards have been going and the second time the company has won.
"It's a great story for the town. Apparently they produce enough each week for around 250,000 doner kebabs, which is a staggering amount."
Mr Griffiths, who admits that he does occasionally indulge in a doner kebab with chili sauce, said that it is the perfect accompaniment to one of the town's other booming trades.
He said: "Let's be honest, it's great because a Burton beer and a Burton kebab go side by side with one another and together they are lighting up the world."
More than 1,200 people attended the ceremony and the panel of judges included MPs Nadhim Zahawi, Jonathan Reynolds, Andy Love and Keith Vaz, as well as Baroness Hussein-Ece.
It is estimated that the kebab industry contributes around £2.2 billion to the British economy each year and helps to support around 200,000 jobs in restaurants, suppliers and the food industry.
There are around 200 doner kebab manufacturers in the UK with a turnover in excess of £750 million.
Ibrahim Dogus, director founder of the British Kebab Awards, said: "Many congratulations to Veli's Doner Kebab Manufacturers for being honoured in the Best Related Business category.
"These awards are a true celebration of kebabs as a Great British institution, and recognise the contribution of the industry throughout the country.
"There was a very high standard of nominees for every category.
" I am delighted that we have been able to honour some of the leaders in the industry."
The first kebab outlet opened in London in 1966 and it is estimated that there are more than 200,000 throughout the UK, with around 1.3 million kebabs sold every day.