Nominations for the 2025 Inspiring Women Awards are now open and will close on 31/12/2024.

These Awards seek to recognise the inspiring work and accomplishments of women in the North West of England and North Wales, with the addition of a national and international category.

The 33rd annual Inspiring Women Awards Lunch will take place on 16th May 2025.

About the Inspiring Women Awards 2025

The 33rd annual Inspiring Women Awards Lunch will take place on 16th May 2025. 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 before the winners are announced, allowing the women to tell their own stories in their own words.

“An award is an affirmation of the work of many, and never for an individual alone. This one is for my country, my colleagues,  and the beautiful children we work for and with”.

Basarat Kazim, 2023 Women Making Waves award winner.

The 2025 categories are:

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 in developing their own 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
This is a UK wide award aimed at recognising those women or organisations who are challenging systems that don’t work for women, or promoting gender informed products, services or act as role models.

Sustainable Award for Women Making an Impact
Recognising those women who are making a positive impact on all our lives. Whether it’s environmental, digital or educational transformation or through the circular economy or supply chain transparency. The list is not exhaustive.

Women Making Waves
This is a global award aimed at recognising the work of women worldwide. Their work may be involved in community, sustainability, education, business models or acting as role models to our girls and young women.

The Closing Date

Nominations for the 2025 Awards are open and close on 31/12/2024

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2025 Award winners will be announced at the Inspiring Women Awards lunch

When: 16th May 2025

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Terms & Conditions

  • The closing date for 2025 nominations is 31st December 2024.

  • Nominees must live or work in the North West of England or North Wales for all Awards except the Here come the Girls Award, which covers the UK and the Women Making Waves Award, which is a global award.

  • Nominations for previous finalists will not be considered for a period of two years after recognition.

  • 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 a commemorative award.

  • Nominees for the Inspiring Young Women Award must be aged between 16-25 by 16h May 2025.

  • The winner of the Inspiring Young Women Award will receive a commemorative award & 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 will receive two discounted 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