After 28 uninterrupted years of promoting the work of our Inspiring Women and recognising them at the Inspiring Women Awards Lunch, the Awards are pausing this year. Nominations will remain open until 31/12/2020 and a new category will be announced in the summer. 

The 28th Inspiring Women Awards Lunch will now take place on 14th May 2021 at The Lowry Hotel.

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 with winners announced by celebrity guests. Corporate packages with complimentary adverts in the programme and individual tickets are available.

Finalists will be interviewed at the lunch by BBC Radio Stoke presenter, Michelle Daniel, before the winners are announced, allowing the women to tell their own stories in their own words.

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 Closing Date

Nominations for the Inspiring Women Awards 2021 close on the 31st December 2020.


The Lowry Hotel, 50 Dearmans Place, Chapel Wharf, Manchester M3 5LH


14th May 2021

Click below to nominate for the 2020/2021 awards and book your individual tickets or corporate tables.


“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