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

The judging panel selection has already started and, key influencers already signed up as ambassadors and judges include: Ged Doherty (Chairman of the British Phonographic Industry and BRIT Awards Limited and the co-founder of Raindog Films), Joleon Lescott (Retired Manchester City, Wolves, Everton, West Brom, Aston Villa, AEK Athens and Sunderland Footballer, TV Pundit & DJ) & Kate Squire (Managing Editor, BBC Radio Manchester).  A full list can be seen HERE

This is Manchester Awards is the brainchild of Ziara Siddique, MD of Elite Profile Agency a proud lifelong Mancunians.  Ziara said; “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. I was surprised then that such a great city didn’t have 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.  I guess it was just time for me to step up and I’ve been overwhelmed by all the support we’ve had so far.”

The 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.

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said; “Across Greater Manchester, organisations and individuals are working together to end the need for rough-sleeping.  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.”

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

Nominations are open now until 31 August 2018, for individuals and businesses across 13 categories (full list HERE), are free to enter and will be judged by a hand-picked panel of industry experts.  Categories include; Leading Bar/ Restaurant/ Chef/ Hotel as well as Leading Live Event/ Music Venue/ Cultural Venue, Force for Fashion/ Business & Community Awards, plus special awards for Centenary Woman and Manchester Supernova


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