Nominate now for ‘Making a Difference in the Community’ Award plus other special Manchester categories


This is Manchester Awards will showcase the incredible talent Greater Manchester has at its heart – “the best of the best” they say.

The inaugural awards aim to champion and recognise individuals and organisations in fashion, entertainment, sports, hospitality, food and drink and the night time economy as well as individuals and organisations who have contributed to the community.

Nominations are open until 30th August 2018 for individuals and businesses across 13 categories, are free to enter, and will be judged by a hand-picked panel of industry experts.

I Love MCR have partnered with the Making a Difference in the Community Award – an award for a Manchester based individual or organisation that has significantly improved the wellbeing of an individual or community.

So, if you know of someone, or a group, who deserves to be noticed, tell them now. You can even nominate yourself if you think you have done some good work in the community.

Judges will be looking to recognise dedication to volunteering efforts, those who have organised fundraising initiatives, supported individuals or communities through challenging situations, and/or given back via various initiatives such as community based projects or services that have supported the region’s communities.

To submit a nomination for the Outstanding Community Contribution Award aka Making a Difference in the Community Award, which ensures that those thriving to make a difference in their local communities are properly recognised, your nomination must include the following: a description of how the nominee demonstrated their commitment to making a significant difference to the wellbeing of individuals or groups; a case study of exemplary services and/or support the nominee has provided; and finally, why the nominee should win the award.

Kate Squire, Ged Doherty, Ziara Siddique, Howard Tattersall

Other categories include Leading Bar/Restaurant/Chef/Hotel, Leading Live Event/Music Venue/Cultural Venue, Force for Fashion/Business and Community Awards, plus special awards for Centenary Woman and Manchester Supernova.

Key influencers already signed up as ambassadors and judges include Ged Doherty (chairman of the British Phonographic Industry and BRIT Awards and co-founder of Raindog Films); Joleon Lescott (retired Manchester City footballer, TV pundit and DJ); and Kate Squire (managing editor, BBC Radio Manchester). For a full list of judges, click here.

Britain’s second city, the capital of the north and the world’s first industrial city, Manchester has continued to develop with the times and is a city at the heart of progress and productivity, not just at home but globally.

The most linguistically diverse city in western Europe with 200 spoken languages, Manchester is also renowned for its music scene, as a footballing mecca, a live events capital, and as a hotbed of creative talent in fashion and industry – not forgetting our envied sense of pride and community.

Nominations are open until 31st August, after which there will be a published shortlist and period of reflection for the judges. The winners will be announced at an awards event at the Hilton Hotel Deansgate on 8th November 2018 with organisers promising a fantastic headline act which will be announced nearer the event. Monies raised on the night will all be donated to the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Homelessness Fund.



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