The 30th Anniversary of the Inspiring Women Awards was always going to be special, and it didn’t disappoint.

After two years of cancelled events and zoom fatigue, everyone was ready to celebrate, and they had plenty of reasons why.

Manchester icon Rowetta opened the awards with a spine-tingling performance before fifteen Finalists shared their stories; inspiring interviews with inspiring women.

“The event last week was amazing, “inspiring” it definitely was! I was in bits by the time it got to the lovely Kath’s award, I can’t believe my mascara stayed in place! All of our guests had a lovely time & I am sure we will be in attendance again next year.”  Kelly Andreasson

Winners were announced by special guests: Sally Dynevor MBE, Baroness Williams of Trafford, Jane Luca and Rowetta alongside sponsors Claire Reid (Hall Brown), Katie Wray (Deloitte), Kate Squire (BBC Radio Manchester) and Joanne Goodwin (Cheshire Life).

“Financielle were delighted to be recognised as The Entrepreneur Winners at The Inspiring Women Awards. The ambition, determination and purpose driven missions were inspiring to witness and we were in awe of some the incredible women driving change forward in business, society and their wider communities. Our mission at Financielle is to help millions of people to be financially well through the help of our content, tools and community and winning awards like this means more women will find us and therefore be financially well.We were extremely happy to receive our award to coincide with the team celebrating 30 years as it made the celebrations that extra bit special. We can’t wait to come back next year to support other finalists and cheer them on. Thank you again for a great day!” Holly & Laura

Finalists and Winners taking centre stage with Founder, Jacqueline Hughes-Lundy .

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Our 2022 winners

We are delighted to announce the 2022 winners across 8 categories:
Business, Community, Constance, Digital & Tech Innovators, Entrepreneur, Extraordinary People in Extraordinary Times, Here Come the Girls and Inspiring Young Woman.

Victoria Knight
Business Award

Ema Wikes
Community Award

Kath Robinson DL
Constance Award

Beckie Taylor
Digital & Tech Innovators

Holly Holland & Laura Pomfret
Entrepreneur Award

Extraordinary People in Extraordinary Times (Business) Award

Sahira Irshad
Here Come the Girls Award

Amanda Kelly
Inspiring Young Woman Award

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Nominations for the 31st annual Inspiring Women Awards (2023) are now open and close on 31/12/2022. The shortlist will be published in February 2023 and the winners announced at the Awards lunch on 19th May 2023.

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Founded in 1992, the Inspiring Women Awards have, over the past 30 years, publicly recognised and promoted the achievements of 100’s women who live or work in the North West of England, North Wales and in 2022, nationally and internationally. Many of the Award winners have gone on to receive further recognition through our Honours system and in 2018, 3 more were honoured: Diane Modahl MBE (Sports Award winner 2003); Marnie Millard OBE (Business Award winner 2016) and Britain’s most decorated Winter Paralympian Menna Fitzpatrick MBE (Inspiring Young Woman Award winner 2017).

These evolving Awards have stood the test of time because at their heart is the desire to continue finding and recognising those women who inspire us.

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The Inspiring Young Woman Foundation

The Foundation was established in 2010 to fund a bursary for the Inspiring Young Woman Award winners and fund local projects that concentrate on the wellbeing of our young women.

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Over the past 30 years we have had some fantastic guest speakers but none quite so gracious as @Rowetta who would have cancelled a paid gig to honour her commitment to attend with no fee and then suggest singing a Capella to save us money #wesaluteyou #InspWomenAwards22

Our 2022 programme

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“The Inspiring Women Awards shine a light on hundreds of inspirational women from all walks of life in the North West of England and North Wales. Publicly celebrating and promoting the achievements of women in business and the community is critical to ensuring the impact they are having is recognised, and it also provides a cadre of visible role models to inspire the next generation of leaders. I am honoured and humbled to have received the 2019 Constance Award, and am determined to continue quietly making a difference in all that I do.“

Sharon Thorne, Deloitte

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