Welcome to 2021

Welcome to 2021 and whatever happens this year, the 28th annual Inspiring Women Awards will be going ahead.

We have planned for all eventualities but hopefully it will be Plan A,  so on the 14th May 2021 we will be at The Lowry Hotel celebrating those extraordinary and inspiring achievements of our region’s women.

The 2020/2021 Inspiring Women Awards nominations closed on 31/12/2021

 Judging is now underway and the shortlist will be published in February 2021

Finalists will be sharing their stories at the Awards Lunch on 14/05/2021 where the winners will be announced.


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After 28 uninterrupted years of promoting the work of our Inspiring Women and recognising them at the Inspiring Women Awards Lunch, the Awards were forced to pause in 2020. Nominations from 2020 have been carried forward to 2021 and the closing date extended to 31/12/2020. A new category was announced in the summer. 

Be inspired

Founded in 1992, the Inspiring Women Awards have, over the past 28 years, publically recognised and promoted the achievements of 100’s women who live or work in the North West and North Wales. 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.

Our 2019 winners

We are delighted to announce the 2019 winners across 6 categories:
Business, Community, Entrepreneur, Inspiring Young Woman, Manchester Bee and Here Come the Girls.

The winners of the 27th annual Inspiring Women Awards were announced at The Lowry Hotel on 10th May 2019. These were:

Dr Shikha Pitalia
Business Award

Anita Birchall
Here come the Girls Award

Sally-Ann Wilkinson
Manchester BEE Award

Kat Demarchelier Du Bois
Inspiring Young Woman Award

Sharon Thorne
Constance Award

Christine Ditchfield

Sinead Collins
Community Award

About Us
History of our winners
Learn about our 2020/2021 Event

Nominate here

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

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Attend the awards

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

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Our awards videos

View the 2019 awards videos here.

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.

Read more here

Our 2020/2021 sponsors


Our recent tweets

Jacq’s Journal: Here’s a shout out to the inspirers who haven’t given up or given in https://www.thebestlifeproject.co.uk/jacqs-journal-heres-a-shout-out-to-the-inspirers-who-havent-given-up-or-given-in/ via @TheBestLifePro1 @JacqHL

This is a fantastic offer especially if you have never tried coaching but think you may need a bit of direction #youdon’tknowuntilyoutry https://twitter.com/TheBestLifePro1/status/1347100503382102017

Shed chic: How Louise’s lockdown project created a social media storm https://www.thebestlifeproject.co.uk/shed-chic-how-louises-lockdown-project-created-a-social-media-storm/ via @TheBestLifePro1 #shedchic

Thank you for all your support this year - https://mailchi.mp/32a3b7a21706/nominations-remain-open-until-december-4751266

Our 2019 programme

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

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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

Latest News

Jacqueline Hughes Lundy Awarded the WIN Manchester Inspiring Women Worldwide Award

July 2nd, 2020|News|

In its third year recognising outstanding women at the Annual WIN Manchester Event, the WIN Manchester Inspiring Women Worldwide Award was this year granted to Jacqueline Hughes Lundy. Each year, WIN honours distinguished women for [...]

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