Velis Doner Kebab Manufacturers aiming to win 'best related business' in the 2015 British Kebab Awards

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PEOPLE are being urged to 'get voting' to help a Burton kebab company be named one of the best in the country.

Veli's Doner Kebab Manufacturers, off Hawkins Lane, is in the running to be named 'best related business' at the 2015 British Kebab Award.

The firm is hoping to piggyback on its success at the inaugural awards last year when it scooped 'best retail business within the catering industry' following a public vote.

The bid to be named as 'top of the doners' is being backed by the town's MP Andrew Griffiths who is urging people to head online to vote.

He said: "It will not be a surprise to learn that I am no stranger to a large doner with extra chilli sauce.

"I am delighted that a great Burton business has received national recognition and I am supporting their bid to win.

"Veli's has brought pleasure to kebab lovers across Britain and I hope they win the crown when the results are announced."

Established in 1989, Veli's was among the first purpose-built kebab factories in the UK.

It was also the first in the country to be fully-automated and the first to gain a licence from the European Union.

Now understood to have a turnover running into millions of pounds, it produces 40 tonnes of kebab meat a week, employs up to 40 staff and sells to firms as far afield as Edinburgh and Southampton.

The British Kebab Awards, now in their third year, have become a fixture in the annual food awards calendar.

Nominations were sought across a variety of categories including best value restaurant, best takeaway, best new restaurant and chef of the year.

The awards honour the classic takeaway through to the growing number of family restaurants serving kebab-style food.

The awards will be held next month.

The kebab industry contributes £1.5 billion to the British economy each year and employs more than 150,000 people.

Voters are being urged to head online http://britishkebabawards.co.uk/british-kebab-awards-2015

 

YOUR VIEWS: Is Burton the UK's kebab capital?

Soph Johnson, 24, Burton

"They're a real guilty pleasure of mine, but only ever after a good night out. I go for the top end of the kebab market."

James Surgeon, 26, Swadlincote

"I like to stay healthy so I try not to eat them too often. I'd be lying if I said I'd never crumbled though."

Zoë Clarkson, 24, Cheadle

"I'm a full- on kebab addict to be honest, I can't get enough. l eat them whatever the weather or time of day."

Laura Taylor, 18, Burton

"I'm glad a local company is doing well but I'll never buy their products because I'm a vegetarian!"

Rob Stevenson, 27, Draycott

"There are some great kebab shops in town. I'm always partial to a good doner, with heaps of mayo."

First published in Burton Mail; by Rob Smyth

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