I Love MCR Awards


I Love Manchester Awards 2024


The official Manchester awards event

The official I Love Manchester Awards event champions people and celebrates civic pride with a contemporary show and ceremony that evokes our brand values.

23 November 2023 saw the launch of the inaugural I Love Manchester awards show hosted at the brand-new entertainment destination, DieCast Manchester.

While the brand continues to promote culture, community projects and spotlight the good people in Greater Manchester across the World Wide Web, we have a strong desire to celebrate these people with a premium live event.

I Love MCR is a platform that has championed our fair city for over a decade, and has built up enough reputation and credibility to award remarkable people, it really mean something to them and make enough noise to resonate around the world.

What’s more, every penny donated towards the event and raised through the raffle goes directly to the I Love MCR Foundation.

The I Love MCR Awards is the biggest Manchester awards event the city has ever seen. A night that will live forever.

Speakers and special guests

Will Mellor


Gemma Atkinson


Andy Burnham

Mayor of Greater Manchester

Yasmine Dar

Lord Mayor of Manchester

Bev Craig

Leader of Manchester City Council

The venue

DieCast Manchester

I Love Manchester Awards
I Love Manchester Awards

The inaugaral I Love Manchester Awards was hosted at DieCast, a brand-new 5,000 (standing) capacity entertainment destination in Piccadilly. Located between Store Street and Ducie Street – just behind Piccadilly Train Station – it’s the latest creative concept from the team behind Ramona and the Firehouse. 

Taking over Manchester’s largest city centre factory, which is over 250,000 square feet, the original building dates back to 1870 and forms part of the fabric of the industrial city’s history.

51 Ducie Street, Manchester, M1 2JQ

I Love Manchester Awards

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Buy Tickets /Tables

From £195 (+VAT)

Welcome cocktail(s)

Feasting menu

Live entertainment

Souvenir awards programme

Take-home gifts

Donation towards Foundation

Table upgrades and discounted drinks packages available upon request




From £1800 (+VAT)

Table of 10

Welcome cocktails

Feasting menu

Live entertainment

Souvenir awards programmes

Take-home gifts

Donation towards Foundation

Table upgrades and discounted drinks packages available upon request



From £2100 (+VAT)

Table of 10

Welcome cocktails

Feasting menu

Bucket of beers and 5 bottles of wine

Live entertainment

Souvenir awards programmes

1/2 page advert in souvenir programmes

Take-home gifts

Donation towards Foundation

Additional discounted drinks packages available upon request

Dress code: Black Tie*

*Black tie dress code is preferable, however I Love MCR award is an inclusive event and open for all. If black tie is not an option due to circumstances, then please attend in smart attire.

Free tickets available

This is an inclusive community-led event and because of the support of our sponsors we are able to offer complimentary tickets for registered charities, community organisations, disabled people and carers who may not otherwise be able to afford to attend.

While it would be a special honour for the winners to be formally acknowledged and celebrated on stage at the live event, we appreciate that not everyone is able to afford the ticket prices to attend.

Sticking to our brand values whatever the cost, we have a provision in place to offer all shortlisted charities, community organisations, disabled people and carers complimentary tickets* and discount on tables** to attend including dinner, souvenirs and live entertainment.

Terms and conditions
*One free ticket per registered charity, registered community interest company (CIC), registered disabled person and carer (under the Equality Act).
**10% discount and Zero VAT invoices apply to registered charities only.
If you are shortlisted and wish to claim your free ticket, you must declare your registration details via email to: [email protected]

Shortlist & Winners

I Love Manchester Awards is an inclusive initiative for the city region of Greater Manchester. Each and every nomination is assessed on criteria and brand values – they’re not judged on how many followers or reach they have.

Congratulations to our 2023 winners!

A local project or group that demonstrates I Love Manchester’s brand values including community, inclusivity at grass-roots level and the desire to promote the welfare of human beings collectively.

2023 Winner! Sober Gay Socials

Endeavour Project

FareShare Greater Manchester

Foundation 92

Hideout Youth Zone

Manchester Laces

The Christie Hospital

Work for Smile Foundation

An individual who demonstrates a big personality, strong leadership skills and social values, leading a certain community to new heights and making a real difference in their collective space.

2023 Winner! Steve Hill MBE

Adam Farricker

Judith Vickers

Mike Hurst

Mohammad Khairuzzaman

Myroslava Coates

Victoria Holden

Simon Naylor

A cafe, centre or communal space in the community that promotes humanity and the same rights, resources, and opportunities no matter where its inhabitants come from.

2023 Winner! Hope Mill Theatre


BQ Bitesize

Feel Good Club

Manchester Youth Zone

Moss Side Millennium Powerhouse

Station South Levenshulme


The Most Loved Charity Award recognises the outstanding efforts of an organisation that is making a positive difference across Greater Manchester.  The Most Loved Charity Award recognises the profound impact that the charity has had on countless lives. They should be a shining example of the power of compassion, dedication, and hard work shown from the charity of improving lives for the people of Greater Manchester and beyond.

2023 Winner! Mustard Tree

Cash For Kids

Coffee 4 Craig

George House Trust

Girls Out Loud

Once Upon a Smile

The Natalie Kate Moss Trust


The Young Person of the Year award should recognise a remarkable young person from Greater Manchester looking at their exceptional achievements, extraordinary efforts and have made a significant impact on their community and inspired others to follow in their footsteps. In short the awards will be recognising an exceptional individual who is a true role model for young people everywhere, inspiring others to dream big, work hard, and give back to their communities.

2023 Winner! Hannah Payton

Alex Bridgeman

Evelina Dubynska

Hadisa Afzaly

Ibrahim Yousaf BEM BCyA

Jessica Picton

Josh Thomas

Ryan Bromley

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The most-loved marketing & PR agency award recognises organisations who can demonstrate exceptional work in executing a successful campaign that has resonated with clients and target audiences.

2023 Winner! Tangerine


Roland Dransfield


SH Comms


Truth PR

We Are Indigo

The Most Loved Restaurant (Smart) Award recognises the restaurant that goes above and beyond in creating a memorable dining experience for their customers. The winning restaurant must showcase exceptional food, have an inviting atmosphere, and provide excellent customer service.

2023 Winner! Hawksmoor Manchester

El Gato Negro

James Martin Manchester

Masons Restaurant & Bar

Sapporo Teppanyaki

Tattu Restaurant & Bar

The Refuge

Wood Manchester

Award sponsored by

The Most Loved Restaurant (Casual) Award recognises the restaurant that goes above and beyond in creating a casual and accessible eatery for their customers. 

2023 Winner! Hip Hop Chip Shop

California Coffee and Wine

Hampton & Vouis

The Jane Eyre

Northern Soul Grilled Cheese

Ramona & The Firehouse

SUD Pasta

The Laundrette

The Most Loved Chef Award seeks to recognise the outstanding achievements and contributions of the most beloved and innovative chefs in the city region. Greater Manchester is home to many talented chefs who have elevated the local culinary scene through their inventive and flavourful dishes. This is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate their contributions to the community. The award acknowledges the importance of culinary excellence, innovation, consistency, customer service, and community involvement. 

2023 Winner! Simon Wood

Danielle Heron

Dave Ashton

James ‘Jimmy’ Williams

Jason Latham

Mary-Ellen McTague

Sam Karle

Will Taplin

Award sponsored by

The Most Loved Pub Award is awarded to the pub that is loved and cherished by locals and visitors alike. This award recognises the pub that has created an inviting and welcoming ambiance that people can enjoy, be it for a few drinks with friends or a cosy evening out with loved ones. The pub that wins this award will have an extensive selection of drinks, a diverse menu of hearty helms, excellent customer service, and an overall friendly atmosphere.

2023 Winner! The Black Friar

Britons Protection

The Deansgate

Fox & Pine

The Met Didsbury

The Old Nags Head

The Peveril of the Peak

Sam’s Chop House

The Most Loved Bar Award for the Greater Manchester area recognises a bar that goes above and beyond in providing exceptional service, atmosphere, and drinks to its patrons. The winning bar will have a strong reputation within the community and be celebrated for its quality, consistency, and hospitality. Judges will be looking for a bar that has a unique selling point, that offers something special to its customers, and has genuine warmth and charisma that keeps people coming back. The winning bar should also demonstrate a dedication to the local community and have a commitment to environmental sustainability. 

2023 Winner! Albert’s Schloss

20 Stories

Atlas Bar

Speak In Code

The Washhouse

Petersgate Tap

New York New York

The Liquor Store

Award sponsored by

The Most Loved Hotel Award will be given to a hotel that has consistently provided exceptional service to its guests. The winner should be recognised for their high standards of quality, professionalism, and customer satisfaction. This award is open to all hotels, from boutique hotels to international chains, that operate within the Greater Manchester area. Hotels that provide unique and personalised customer experiences, distinctive amenities, and world-class quality services are encouraged to apply.

2023 Winner! The Lowry Hotel

Dakota Hotel

Innside by Melia

Hotel Brooklyn

Hyatt Regency Manchester

Kimpton Clocktower

Moxy Manchester

Whitworth Locke Aparthotel

Award sponsored by

The Most-Loved Entertainment Hub Award is an exceptional and remarkable recognition that has been thoughtfully designed to celebrate extraordinary and secure venues or complexes that offer top-notch and regularly scheduled events and entertainment programs, or an idyllic oasis of catering and retail options that embody and promote our brand’s core values. 

2023 Winner! Depot Mayfield

Great Northern Warehouse


Planet Ice Altrincham

New Century Hall

Trafford Palazzo

The Printworks

Victoria Warehouse

A family-friendly experience or attraction that promotes education, imagination, creativity and fun for young people and their support network.

2023 Winner! Science and Industry Museum

Breakout Manchester

Dinosaurs in the Park

DNA VR Manchester

Hale Barns Carnival

Food Sorcery – Cooking Together Experience

Our Kids Social


Award sponsored by

The Most Loved Cultural/Arts Venue award aims to recognise and celebrate an outstanding cultural or arts venue that has made a significant contribution to the Greater Manchester area. The award will be given to a venue that has created a positive impact and fostered a sense of community by providing an exceptional cultural and arts experience. The winner of this award will be a venue that has demonstrated excellence in programming, audience engagement, and overall customer experience.

2023 Winner! The Lowry


GFFDamian Dance Studio

Hope Mill Theatre


People’s History Museum

Royal Northern College of Music

The Palace Theatre & Opera House

The Most Loved Live Event Award recognises a public event or live activation that has demonstrated excellence in events coordination through concession, organisation, sustainability, economic prosperity and execution to the target audience…

2023 Winner! Bolton Food & Drink Festival

Great Manchester Run



Manchester International Festival

Manchester Pride Festival

Rain Dance Colour Festival

You, Me and the Balloons

The Most Loved Property Developer Award recognises a company or individual who has demonstrated excellence in property development through exceptional dedication, innovation, quality of design, sustainability, and successful delivery of projects in the city region of Greater Manchester.

2023 Winner! Hive Homes




Step Places


Scarborough Group International

Select Property

Award sponsored by

The Most Loved Fashion Influencer can be an icon/brand that have influenced the fashion industry significantly, inspiring new trends and setting the standard for excellence.

2023 Winner! Beaumont Organic

Joe & Co Denim

July Child Jewellery

Miss Kick

Nadine Merabi

Native Youth

Represent Clo


The Innovator of the Year award honours an individual or organisation that has demonstrated exceptional innovation and creativity. This award recognises individuals or organisations who have made significant contributions to their field through unique approaches and solutions.

2023 Winner! Tap Donate

Catalina Ionita, Chapman Taylor


Brood Magazine

Grace Ubawuchi

Ian Waring

Lee Chambers

Stephen Hobson

The Emmeline Pankhurst Award should be given to an individual or group who has made significant contributions to advancing gender equality, women’s rights and empowerment, and women’s political participation throughout the Greater Manchester area and beyond.

2023 Winner! Jane Kenyon

Aimie Lawlor-Skillen & Kiera Lawlor-Skillen

Amanda Naylor OBE

Helen Hardy

Lauren Irlam

Lee Chambers

Rhiannah Balcombe

Victoria Evans

The final category aims to award an inspirational worker bee who has grafted their way to the top of their chosen field of work and left a permanent mark on their specific industry in the city region of Greater Manchester.

2023 Winner! Lisa Morton

Benjamin Hall

Gemma Krysko

Jane Dowler

Mike George

Nicole Broad

Sandy Lindsay MBE

Joseph Houston and William Whelton

Award sponsored by

How the voting and shortlisting works

We will collect nominations until 11:59pm on 1 September 2023.

The final shortlist will be determined and issued to the public on 18 September 2023 to cast your votes online meanwhile an independent judging panel of experts will assess all nominations and supporting documents.

Deadline for voting is 11:59pm on 9 October 2023.

The winners are determined through a 50/50 combination of a ranking based on a public vote and one based on the judges’ scores.

The winner of each award category will be announced at the live awards show on 23 November 2023

Every penny donated towards the night and raised through the raffle will go directly to the I Love MCR Foundation which raises vital funds to help improve the lives and prospects of people across Greater Manchester. The I Love Manchester Foundation (the Fund) is working in partnership with Forever Manchester who manage the fund to make sure that all the money raised reaches grass root community projects throughout Greater Manchester.
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The Judge Panel

These extraordinary individuals are experts in their chosen field, and have earned the right to judge the award categories. They’re here to make sure that every nomination and vote are aligned with our brand values.


Tom Bloxham


Emma McBeath The Pankhurst Centre here in Manchester

Emma McBeath

The Pankhurst Centre

Paul Shannon Co CEO & Founder at OBT advisory

Paul Shannon

CEO & Founder at OBT Advisory

Gwenno Jones Chair Women In Property NW

Gwenno Jones

Chair Women In Property NW

Jenny Osbourne Chief Exec Tpas

Jenny Osbourne

Chief Exec Tpas


Dave Haslam

DJ / Author


Diane Modahl

Chair, Commonwealth Games England

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Carl Austin-Behan

LGBTQ+ Ambassador

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David Scott

Poet & Author

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Terry Christian

Presenter & Author

Stanley Chow

Stanley Chow


Ric Moylan Performance Coach Salford Manchester

Ric Moylan

Performance Coach

The Michael Josephson MBE Summer Ball 2019 at The Hilton, Deansgate

Darren Proctor

Radio Host and Presenter

Michelle Eagleton ILoveMCR theatre reviewer (1)

Michelle Eagleton


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Jacqueline Hughes-Lundy

Founder, Inspiring Women Awards

Emma Richman Housing Professional

Emma Richman

Housing Professional

Partners & Sponsors

See how you can be part of the biggest legacy awards and fundraising event the city has ever seen…

Why Sponsor?

Over a decade in the making, this will be the biggest awards event the city has ever seen and will be a big part of the conversation in Manchester all year round.

Our heart’s in the right place. By becoming a sponsor of this event, your company will be associated with our brand, its core values and harness the reach to a wider audience. The only sponsorship package that offers an advertising campaign as added value.

Reach millions marketing online before, during and after event;

Circa. 800 people attending the evening;

Brand new ‘creative neighbourhood’ venue;

Contemporary awards show with a twist on a traditional dining experience;

Bespoke advertising campaign;

Affiliate your company with high profiles…

Speak to us about the many more reasons to sponsor this epic event.


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