2021 Inspiring Women Awards: The Highlights

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Nominations for the 30th annual Inspiring Women Awards (2022) are now open and close on 31/12/2021. The shortlist will be published in February 2022 and the winners announced at the Awards lunch on 20th May 2022.

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 2020/2021 winners

We are delighted to announce the 2021 winners across 7 categories:
Business, Community, Entrepreneur, Inspiring Young Woman, Manchester Bee, Here Come the Girls, and Extraordinary People in Extraordinary Times.

Professor Denise Barratt-Baxendale
Business Award

Claire-Marie Boggiano
Manchester Bee Award

Emma Buckley
Entrepreneur Award

Karen Campbell-Williams
Business Award

Lucy Danger
Extraordinary People in Extraordinary Times Award

Sarwat Jaleel
Entrepreneur Award

Jade Kilduff
Inspiring Young Woman Award

Marie McCourt
Community Award

Maggie Oliver
Here Come the Girls Award

Grace Vella
Inspiring Young Woman Award

Detective Chief Inspector Allison Woods
Here Come the Girls 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

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

View past 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 2022 sponsors


Our recent tweets


Couldn’t listen live but @BBCRadioManc is sending me link to listen. Sure @cottam_jayne was fantastic - look forward to it

Contacting Nominees over next few days to let them know someone thought enough of them to take the trouble to nominate. Some lovely responses back - 2022 Awards are looking good http://www.inspiringawards.Co.uk

Thank you @BBCRadioManc for featuring three stories this week to highlight nominations for 2022 on morning show. Today was the effervescent Jenna from the #Kioskonlapwing Later in week:Miss Kick founder @gracevella8 and Warrington based Assura #MikeSweeny http://www.inspiringawards.co.uk

Our 2021 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

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