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Hundreds of businesses and individuals have submitted nominations for the second annual This is Manchester Awards, which will take place at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate on 11th November.

The shortlist reads like a who’s who from the region andincludes Boohoo, JD Williams and Boda Skins in the fashion category, Manchester Central, Victoria Warehouse and Great Northern Warehouse have bee nominated for the best event venue award, and Foodinate, Henshaw’s and Manchester International Festival are amongst the nominees for one of the community awards.

Top accolade the Supernova award will again be presented on the night.

“Winning the Supernova award was a huge surprise, hugely humbling and brilliant,” said  John Roberts, founder and chairman of AO.com, who won the award last year for his charity work developing youth zones in the north west and providing safe places for young people to go across the country.

“We were in a room of such amazing companies, and to be recognised for such an award by your peers was just fantastic.  Really it should shine and reflect on everybody that is around me, both at OnSide with everything we are doing there, and at AO. I couldn’t wish to work with better people”.

The nominations will be judged by a panel which includes BRIT Awards’ Ged Doherty and former Manchester City footballer Joleon Lescott.

Last year, the event was attended by over 400 people, including Vincent and Carla Kompany, Andy Burnham, Mohammed and Umar Kamani and Ilkay Gündogan.

“I’d like to congratulate all the nominated individuals and businesses and wish them luck with the next round of judging which thankfully is out of my hands,” said This is Manchester Awards founder and organiser Ziara Siddique, MD of Elite Profile Agency.

“We’re also delighted to confirm our support to OnSide Youth Zones. We’ll be raising money on the night for the new development Hide Out under construction in Gorton.”

The awards will be sponsored for the second year by Rochdale-based footwear retailer Footasylum.

“In our region, we have amazing businesses and we have amazing talent and, we have a huge amount to celebrate,” said John Roberts.  “But, as is tradition, with a ‘bit of northern grit, spit and determination’, we don’t want to talk about that.  We want to be humble and quiet about it.

“Well that’s not what this night is about, it’s about celebrating Manchester and the surrounding area.  To do that, everyone needs to step forward and to shine a light to inspire others.”

A full shortlist can be seen here.

For limited ticket and table availability please email enquiries@thisismanchesterawards.com or call 0161 6670898. Priority will be given to representatives from award nominees.

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