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.

Complete the form below to nominate an individual for the 2020/2021 Awards

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 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 2020 close on the 31st December 2020.

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Please note: All nominees must live or work in the North West or North Wales, UK

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Award winners will be announced at the Inspiring Women Awards lunch


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


14th May 2021

Terms & Conditions

  • The closing date for nominations is 31st December 2020.

  • Nominees must live or work in the North West or North Wales.

  • Previous finalists cannot be nominated again for a period of one year.

  • The Judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

  • The Judges reserve the right to check the information contained in the nomination.

  • Judges reserve the right to re-categorise nominations if appropriate.

  • The winner of each category will receive commemorative glassware.

  • Nominees for the Inspiring Young Women Award must be aged between 16-25 by 14th May 2021.

  • The winner of the Inspiring Young Women Award will receive commemorative glassware & a bursary.

  • The benefiting charity of the Inspiring Women Awards will be The Inspiring Young Woman Foundation.

  • Finalists must be available to attend the lunch in Manchester.

  • Each finalist plus one guest will receive complimentary tickets to attend the Awards Lunch.

  • The organisers reserve the right to retain entries, photographs & film from the Inspiring Women Awards Lunch for subsequent publication or exhibition in relation to Inspiring Women Awards and its publications.

“Winning this award means that all my hard work, sweat & tears have all been worthwhile, it truly amazing that my peers have recognised me as a true Entrepreneur. Four years ago critics said we would never supply the supermarkets but we did it, I hope this award will inspire other women to go into business and not be knocked down by thoughtless people”

Clippy McKenna, Clippys Apples. 2012 Entrepreneur Award winner