Welcome to our 2019 Inspire Awards format. Keeping in with our tradition of learning and improving, we will strive to make 2019 Award’s ceremony better than before.
While many of our previous popular awards remain within our event, we have consulted, listened and as a consequence have revised a few categories to enable these awards to recognise the contribution of women from all walks of life in Bolton, Lancashire, GMR & Merseyside.
There will be FIVE finalists shortlisted in each category and ONE winner.
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. They put their values and beliefs into action and pour their commitment into causes and projects. They fundraise, organise activities, help run community centres and projects. They must be organised, driven, hard-working, energetic self-starters and team players. The 2019 Inspire Awards will celebrate a female Volunteer/Fundraiser who combines all these attributes to contribute to her charity. We will be paying tribute to the highest calibre of volunteer or a team of volunteers working on a charity project.
Please Note: This needs to be an unpaid position
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
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. 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. 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.
The 2018 Inspire Industry Awards*
Any worthy winner of this 2019 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.
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.
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.
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 2019 Inspire Award is reserved for a woman whose inspires others just being herself. Whether she has battled external or internal forces, defied odds, overcome personal or work challenges, 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.
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 where she lives. 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.
This Award is inspired by UN He4She campaign and is reserved for one remarkable man who through his deeds and efforts has tirelessly We want to hear HISstory of support behind a successful woman. This award will recognise effort, campaign, project, commitment shown by a man or a team of men to advance and support women in business, workplace, home or charity. The deserving winner will bring with him an extraordinary story of support shown by one man or a team of men.