Welcome to our new improved and extended 2018 Inspire Awards format. We thought as this year’s ceremony is to be bigger, brighter and better than ever before that we should make a few changes to the honours bestowed upon the wonderful women of the Bolton area.
While many of our previous popular awards remain within our event, the new programme of categories now enables these awards to recognise the contribution of women from all walks of life in the wider Bolton community, so no woman’s contribution is overlooked.
We hope you like them and that they inspire you to nominate a woman or women you feel would be worthy winners of one or more of these important awards.
The 2018 Inspire Social Awards
Carers are the unsung heroes of our community, quietly putting the needs of others before their own so our relatives, neighbours and friends receive the comfort, compassion and dignity they deserve. This award will recognise an exceptional woman who has displayed dedication, resilience, empathy, kindness and patience among other attributes needed for this selfless role. Relayed on the night, her outstanding story of service and care is sure to move everyone in the room.
Mentors share their wisdom, skills and success simply because they are in a position to help someone with less experience than themselves. They guide, train and advise so another person may thrive and flourish. Their investment is immeasurable and their contribution to our community is invaluable. This award will ensure the positive influence of Bolton’s most exceptional female mentor is appreciated for the life-shaping effect it has had on another.
Teachers continue to face an inordinate and growing amount of challenges in their work. Never have the pressures been greater on them. Yet they continue to deliver the education and guidance our children need no matter how battle-weary and beleaguered they become. This years’ awards will celebrate the work of Bolton’s finest female teachers by highlighting the extraordinary dedication one has shown her school, pupils and fellow staff.
The 2018 Inspire Charity Awards
Charity volunteers sacrifice their time and energy for no personal gain because they’re passionate about improving circumstances for people, animals or places. They put their values and beliefs into action and pour their commitment into causes and projects while using their infectious enthusiasm to encourage others to affect change with them. We will be paying tribute to the highest calibre of volunteer or a team of volunteers working on a charity project in the Bolton area.
Fundraisers need a broad skillset to maintain a strong and steady flow of income for their charity’s beneficiaries. They must understand and harness the passions that surround their charity so donors, staff and volunteers feel compelled to contribute to its success. They must be organised, driven, hard-working, energetic self-starters and team players. The 2018 Inspire Awards will celebrate a female fundraiser who combines all these attributes to contribute to her charity. This award is also open to volunteer fundraisers for a cause close to their hearts.
Faced with more competition and fewer resources, the onus on running a charity well cannot be underestimated. Charity leaders must constantly innovate to sustain and grow their charities. They must retain clear vision, balance business and altruistic dynamics, answer to boards, trustees and public scrutiny while managing volunteers, staff and beneficiaries. Our deserving winner of this 2018 Inspire Award will handle all those pressures to ensure her charity’s mission succeeds.
The 2018 Inspire Sports Awards
A coach gives their all for the success of others and while that success is also a measure of the coach, it takes many more attributes to be a great coach. Whether she works with individuals or a team, we want to find a female coach who has reaped success but also shown in-depth knowledge of her sport, leadership, patience, discipline, communication and people management skills that have combined to inspire a winning attitude in the people she coaches. This is also open to personal trainers.
With sport now fully embracing the ‘women’s side of the game’ across multiple disciplines Bolton now boasts several successful ladies’ and women’s sports teams of its own. Recent years has seen our town’s women victorious on netball and basketball courts, on hockey and football pitches as well as in other sporting arenas. That’s why next May we’ll be celebrating their triumphs by crowning one Bolton ladies’ team our Sports Team of the Year.
Success as an individual sportsperson requires an additional set of characteristics to those found among team players. Mental toughness, self-belief, perfectionism, confidence and emotional control are just a few attributes needed if a woman is to ‘succeed alone’ in a chosen sporting field. That’s why the 2018 Inspire Awards will recognise one outstanding sportswoman who has shown those qualities to reach the pinnacle of her performance and achievements.
The 2018 Inspire Industry Awards*
This award will recognise a woman who has shown exceptional ability and involvement in the local food and farming sector. She may have worked to bring local produce to market through agricultural or food production processes, or campaigned to raise the profile of local foodstuffs or farming issues, developed innovative food production or farming practices in bid to to ensure the wider world experiences a taste of Bolton.
The worthy winner of this industry award will have boosted performance, enhanced quality or added value to customers in the manufacturing industry. Our judges will be keen to recognise on-site improvements, increased productivity, examples of responsibility, significant business gains and improved team motivation when choosing a dedicated female employee that can be highlighted for her outstanding contribution to the manufacturing sector.
Any worthy winner of this 2018 Inspire Award will have demonstrated leadership, innovation or quality in delivering IT solutions for an organisation. Whether through business analysis or growth, security and governance, social media, programme management, support, training, consultancy or another aspect of the IT function, this woman will have delivered tangible benefit to the wider organisation while showing commitment and skill in meeting her objectives.
This award covers many roles filled by women in the housing industry. Its recipient could be from the private or social, owner-occupied or rented housing sectors. Her focus may be on sheltered, regenerated, gated, off-plan or new affordable housing among other property offerings. And her skills may involve architectural design, financial acumen and customer service. Our judges will decide which nominee has made the greatest contribution to housing the people of Bolton.
We want to celebrate women’s achievements, excellence and enterprise in the legal profession. Whether a paralegal, solicitor or barrister, we’re looking for a woman who has demonstrated legal and client service skills, contributed to the success of significant cases and her company, and added value above and beyond that which is typical of a good legal practitioner – whether working on personal injury, criminal, litigation, employment or property law cases.
We’re determined to shine a light on some undeniable value added to the Banking & Finance industry by one inspirational woman. The nominees in this category may work in a retail, commercial, digital, private, investment or Islamic bank and provide community-minded service, excel in wealth management, raise banking standards through governance or affect another aspect of banking positively. Open to women accountants as well.
The hospitality of others plays a vital role in easing us through our daily lives. But those who cater for us rarely get the recognition they deserve. Whether a manageress or waitress, receptionist, chef in a hotel, restaurant, bar or women in catering services, public or private, we’re determined to find the woman who more than goes the extra mile for her customers in this often testing industry – be it through the notable perfection in her product or the care and anticipation in her service.
The UK hair and beauty industry continues to grow at pace with new fashions emerging and demand for the best service and products soaring. And Bolton is no stranger to that trend. Our women, and men, remain the best groomed and turned-out in the region. That’s why this year we will recognise an uber talented lady working in one of our salons, boutiques, brow bars, beauty rooms or other businesses in the industry.
Here’s to the women who work wonders on our well-being. This award celebrates the ladies who give their time, space and techniques to helping us escape the strains of our busy lifestyles – so we unwind, relax and re-energise to fight another day. Whether a professional in acupuncture, aromatherapy, massage, yoga, homeopathy, hypnotherapy or another holistic therapy, this award is for outstanding creative ability that has a lasting restorative effect on clients.
Our comfort, identity, confidence and success can depend on our attire as Bolton, the most stylish of Greater Manchester’s northern towns, certainly knows. From online retail to high couture detail, through magazines, models and events, image and style are part of daily life in our fashionable town. With this award we will savour Bolton’s place in the fashion world by spotlighting the contribution one praiseworthy fashionista working in the industry.
This important award will reflect as much on an outstanding apprentice as her employer too. In highlighting one young woman’s natural aptitude, enthusiasm and commitment to learn on the job we will also be celebrating the spirit of investment that led to her opportunity. Our winning nominee will be chosen from a diverse range of sectors engaged with apprenticeships and will have shown a passion for her work, a hunger to learn and desire for future responsibility.
This award will celebrate a woman entrepreneur who has shown flexibility, originality and a willingness to adapt to challenging and changing economic times – through the conception, launch and founding of her new business. She will be an entrepreneur who has either found a niche area to focus on, brought an innovative new product to market, or has overcome difficulty to achieve success.
This coveted prize will only be awarded to an exceptional businesswoman who has shown immense business acumen to secure her success. She will exhibit every talent required of a brilliant business professional, including sublime creativity, focus and leadership. Her efforts will have achieved remarkable growth and profitability in her organisation – as an employee or owner of a business. And she will also have engaged with the wider Bolton community to a significant degree.
Special Awards, including 2018 Inspire Woman of the Year Award
This special 2018 Inspire Award is reserved for a woman who inspires others because she has defied the odds to overcome significant personal challenge. Whether she has battled external or internal forces, the winner of this award will have transcended her problems and turned her life to good. In the process she may also have achieved new success, eliminated limiting beliefs, found an authentic way to live, while embracing her past, present and future.
Through this special award we are able to celebrate the hard-work, inspiration and dedication of a Bolton lady who has championed the rights of women and girls, whether her work has been focused in the town or on critical issues further afield. Presented to further challenge inequality and injustice experienced by women and advance awareness of a specific concern, this award gives us a unique opportunity to share stories and shine a light on some remarkable achievements.
Renamed in honour of our beloved friend whose untimely passing in 2017 affected all of us involved with these awards, the Anna Kinley Interfaith Award recognises a woman whose tireless efforts have built community cohesion across the Bolton area. This special award will acknowledge our winner’s significant contribution to enhancing engagement, understanding and respect between different faiths within the borough, as it honours the legacy left by our dearly departed colleague.
This special award celebrates and highlights the achievements of a woman over the age of 60-years-old whose incredible and inspirational work has impacted on the wider Bolton community in the last year. Through her knowledge, wisdom and guidance, the winner of this award will have used key attributes afforded to her by experience so she could play an instrumental role in benefitting the lives of others in our rich and diverse town.
Our special lifetime achievement award recognises the contribution of a phenomenal woman who, over the course of her whole career and lifetime, has given her time, energy and gifts to enhance the people and place of Bolton and its surrounding area. The winner of this award will boast a life story that not only shows an immense dedication to our wonderful region but acts as a guiding beacon to inspire others who share it with her.
The pinnacle of our awards and evening is an opportunity to crown one woman with our most prestigious and sought-after prize while recognising the truly special level of personal commitment, care and drive she invests in the Bolton area. Our deserving winner will bring with her an extraordinary story of initiative, participation and accomplishment, irrespective of the nature of her role within our cherished community. And for that she will be truly justified in accepting with pride this most coveted and inspiring award.