Nominations for the 32nd annual Inspiring Women Awards close at midnight on 31st December 2023. This leaves you just 6 weeks to get those nominations in and remember that includes the festivities!

We have been featuring stories from past finalists on what being nominated meant to them (click here). So for all those women you have thought “she deserves a medal”, now is your chance to make that thought a step closer to reality.

And if that’s not enough – our guest speaker, Liz Taylor, has a message for you.

Our 2023 Winners

Community Award

Marcella Turner
Can-Survive UK

Here Come the Girls Award

Kerry Daynes
Criminal Psychologist

Sustainable Award for Women Making an Impact

Gaynor Thomasson
Heelz & Toez

Entrepreneur Award

Jennie Johnson
My First Five Years

Women Making Waves Award

Nana Adjoa Amponsah
Female Agribusiness Founders (Africa)

Basarat Kazim
Alif Laila Book Bus Society (Pakistan)

 Winners celebrating at The Lowry Hotel 

31 years and still going strong

Over the past 31 years, the Inspiring Women Awards lunch has become known for giving a platform to the finalists to share their stories in their own words. Guests always comment that they don’t know how we find these remarkable women year on year, but are glad we do and so are we. The Awards exist to share these stories and shine a light on these inspiring women and 2023 was another good year for doing just that.

Everyone had a lovely day, laughter, tears, and came away very inspired. We will be back next year                                   Vicky Laight, Revolution Bars Group.

This year we had two additional speakers, Awards sponsor and previous award winner, Dr Shikha Pitalia who shared her own NHS and private practice experiences and Viv Barclay, who at 59 aims to become the oldest female to cross the Atlantic solo. (you can catch both of these on the 2023 videos).

“I’m so proud to have won the Here Come The Girls award and stand alongside the talented and passionate women nominated in the other categories. It meant a great deal to have my work and causes recognised, surrounded by so many phenomenal and diverse women working to make the world a better and more equitable place. I haven’t stopped smiling since the awards lunch, it’s an experience I know will keep me boosted, and stoke the fire in my belly as I continue to move forward. I hope my story connects with and inspires other women to stand up for themselves and each other”. Kerry Daynes  Consultant & Forensic Psychologist / Here come the Girls award winner 2023

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Nominations for the 32nd annual Inspiring Women Awards (2024) are now open and close on 31/12/2023. The shortlist will be published in February 2024 and the winners announced at the Awards lunch on 17th May 2024.

Be inspired

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 our award winners have gone on to receive further recognition through our Honours system and in 2023, three more were honoured: Dr Gee Walker MBE; Marie McCourt MBE and Dee Drake BEM.

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.

Nominate here

Click here to nominate who you think deserves recognition for her hard work.

Attend the awards

Click here to book your table or reservation at next years award ceremony.

Our awards videos

You can view all of our previous event videos here, and see the winners for each year.

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.

Our recent tweets

Our 2023 programme

View this year’s programme here for an overview of the day.

“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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