After 28 uninterrupted years of promoting the work of our Inspiring Women and recognising them at the Inspiring Women Awards Lunch, the Awards paused in 2020 due to the Pandemic. Nominations for 2020 were carried forward to the 2020/2021 Awards and a new category was introduced to recognise those extraordinary people who rose to the challenge in these extraordinary times.

The 28th Inspiring Women Awards Lunch takes place online on Friday 14th May 2021, where we will be using technology to its best advantage whilst losing none of the heartwarming and entertaining stories at the heart of the Awards. We promise it will still be an uplifting event with a little indulgence thrown in.

About the Inspiring Women Awards 2020/2021 event

“Winning the award was a massive surprise and shock, just being nominated was an honour in itself.  The award has been a platform that has already created a number of opportunities which wouldn’t have been possible otherwise.  It was also a great event to attend and I’m already looking forward to going next year!”

Jennifer Bailey, Founder, Calla Ltd (Entrepreneur Award winner 2018)

The 28th annual Inspiring Women Awards Lunch takes place on 14th May 2021. Those attending will enjoy an afternoon celebrating with the women whose inspiring stories will be taking centre stage. Corporate packages with complimentary adverts in the programme and individual tickets are available.

Finalists will be interviewed at the lunch by BBC  presenter, Michelle Daniel,  allowing these inspiring women to tell their own stories in their own words.

“That’s such wonderful news and I’m thrilled to bits to be shortlisted for one of these brilliant awards. It makes all the struggles feel worth it, and is a bit of light in what is often a very dark world listening to and helping survivors of the most terrible abuse and fighting their corners.”

Maggie Oliver 2020/2021 shortlisted nominee.

The 2020/2021 categories are:

Recognising women in business whose talents and passion influence and inspire others
(This Award is only open to businesses that have been established over 5 years)

Recognising those women whose contribution to society make a substantial difference to the lives of others

Recognising those women who take that leap of faith and develop businesses which benefit the economy
(This Award is only open to newly established businesses)

Inspiring Young Woman
Recognising those young women whose examples serve to inspire our next generation
(This Award is only open to those aged between 16-25 year olds)

Here Come the Girls
Recognising those men, women or organisations who are challenging systems that don’t work for women, promoting gender informed products, services or role models.

The Manchester Bee Award
To recognise those women who work to make Manchester the great City it is. These nominees may have developed projects that have promoted the City; or shown great courage. They may have made their mark locally, nationally or internationally

The Constance Award
This is a special award commemorating those women who quietly make a difference. This is a Judge’s award with no nominations take.

The Extraordinary People in Extraordinary Times Award
Open to men and women who have demonstrated acts of selflessness, inspiration and determination during 2020. Please note these should be community based nominations rather than career based nominations.

The 2020/2021 Inspiring Women Awards Lunch


Online from wherever you happen to be.


14th May 2021

Click below to book your corporate packages or individual tickets.


“Absolutely delighted that we are once again supporting the Inspiring Women Awards. We are very proud of our relationship with Jacqueline. There are quite a lot of strong links between what we are trying to do as a Business School and The Inspiring Women Awards.”

Professor Chris Pyke, Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise.

Our 2020/2021 sponsors