The inaugural This is Manchester Awards was created to celebrate the incredible talent Greater Manchester has at its heart.

After all, Manchester has a vibrant music scene, is a sports mecca the world over, capital for live events, and a hotbed of creative talent. When it comes to spirit and grit, no one does it better than this big-hearted region.

Last November, over 400 representatives from the world of fashion, leisure and technology all showed their support entering and supporting various categories to celebrate the best the city has to offer.

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And this year the This Is Manchester Awards will return to the Hilton Deansgate to celebrate Greater Manchester’s talent and influence across entertainment, community and commerce.

I Love MCR will once again sponsor the Making a Difference in the Community category, with CEO Chris Greenhalgh presenting the award to a Manchester based organisation that has significantly improved the wellbeing of an individual or community, socially, culturally and economically.

Last year the award was presented to Mark Fletcher, CEO of Manchester Pride.

Mark Fletcher and Chris Greenhalgh Pic copyright Phil Tragen

“We’re excited to deliver a bigger and better awards this year,” said This is Manchester Awards organiser Ziara Siddique, MD of Elite Profile Agency.

“Overwhelmed by the strength of last year’s nominations, this year will shine a light on those businesses and individuals making a real difference across the region.”

Last Year’s Supernova Award was presented to John Roberts, founder of AO.com, who built a business that went on to become one of the UK’s leading online retailers employing 3000 people in the region.  

The award recognised that John, chair of the executive board at OnSide, a charity which builds and develops Youth Zones in our communities, had chosen to use his platform to directly affect the futures of many thousands of children.

So inspired were the organisers by John’s work, monies raised from the 2019 and any future awards has been pledged to support the latest central Manchester Youth Zone opening in Gorton in 2020.

“In our region, we have amazing businesses and we have amazing talent and we have a huge amount to celebrate,” said John.

“But, as is traditional 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 on your business, or another business to inspire others.”

Nominations are open now until September 2019 for individuals and businesses across 13 categories and are free to enter. 

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