This Is Manchester: new awards will celebrate the talent that the city has at its heart


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 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.

This Is Manchester Awards will champion and recognise individuals and organisations in fashion, entertainment, sports, hospitality, food and drink, the night time economy as well as individuals and organisations who have contributed to the community.

This is Manchester Awards will showcase the incredible talent Greater Manchester has at its heart – the best of the best!

Nominations are open until 31 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.

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 click here.

“I grew up in Wythenshawe surrounded by a big family and have always considered myself from Manchester,” said Ged Doherty. “When I was starting out I had no choice but to move away to pursue my dream but, I’m pleased to say that this wouldn’t be the case today. The city is a hotbed for the arts and alive with creativity and support. I was proud to be asked to contribute to these amazing awards.”

This is Manchester Awards is the brainchild of Ziara Siddique, MD of Elite Profile Agency and proud Mancunian.

“As a proud Mancunian I’ve been lucky to work with many high-profile individuals within sports, music and industry all of whom wax lyrical about how amazing Manchester is and how proud they are to be representing Manchester on a global scale,” said Ziara.

“I wanted to create a multi-sector awards set up to recognise those forward-thinking businesses and individuals.

“This is not a whimsical project, I’ve spoken to literally hundreds of people about the awards, all of whom think it’s a great idea, and I’ve been overwhelmed by all the support we’ve had so far.”

Headline sponsorship for the awards has been snapped up by Rochdale headquartered Footasylum PLC.

“It’s the best city in the world,” said Howard Tattersall from Footasylum. “Manchester’s history of commerce, sport and music mean Footasylum’s heartland couldn’t be anywhere else. Its people represent the UK’s creativity, tenacity and wit – and have built a culture that resonates with communities all over the world. Their down-to-earth optimism is at the heart of the city, and the heart of our brand.”

There are many more opportunities for businesses to get involved. Find out more about sponsorship opportunities here.

Nominations are open until 31 August following 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 8 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.

“Across Greater Manchester, organisations and individuals are working together to end the need for rough sleeping,” said Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham. “We would like to thank the This is Manchester Awards for supporting the fund to do just that and wish all the entrants the very best of luck and recognition they deserve. Anything that champions the amazing talent we have across Greater Manchester is to be celebrated.”

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