Welcome to our 2019 Inspire Awards Categories. 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,Greater Manchester & Lancashire.
Each category will have a shortlist of maximum six or less, with one winner and one highly commended revealed on the night of Awards.
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.
2019 Inspire Pinnacle - Woman of the Year Award
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 North West. 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.
The 2019 Inspire Awards Nominations are Now Open
Faced with more competition and fewer resources, the onus on running an organisation well cannot be underestimated. Women leaders must constantly innovate to sustain and grow their organisations. A true leader inspires! Whether in private or public sector, charity, business or education, they must lead and inspire their team and take them to greater heights. They must retain clear vision, balance business and altruistic dynamics, answer to boards, governors, trustees and public scrutiny while managing volunteers, staff and beneficiaries. Our deserving winner of this 2019 Inspire Award will handle all those pressures to ensure her organisation’s mission succeeds.
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 growth. Her efforts will have achieved remarkable growth and profitability in her organisation – as an owner of a business. And she will also have engaged with the wider community to a significant degree.
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 finest female teachers, teaching assistants or pastoral by highlighting the extraordinary dedication one has shown her school, pupils and fellow staff.
With sport now fully embracing the ‘women’s side of the game’ across multiple disciplines, we now can boast of several successful women in sports. 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 2019 Inspire Awards will recognise one outstanding sportswoman who has has not only inspired herself to reach the pinnacle of her performance but in doing so, has inspired others too We want to hear about those women who flourish within the sporting industry as coaches, athletes, physical therapists, and motivators.
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.
Our special region produces more than its fair share of talented individuals and groups across a range of artistic fields. Many have left lasting impressions on the world with their gifts. We can boast of female Oscar and BAFTA winners. Whether an actress, dancer, musician, singer, painter, photographer, poet, author, screenwriter, playwright or comedienne, we’re going to use this year’s awards ceremony revel in the outstanding talents of an artist through a single piece of her work or a showcase of her talents.
This award will celebrate a woman founder of CIC or a social enterprise 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 can truly demonstrate and communicate an impact with her stakeholders, genuinely engaged her employees, and traded for the benefit of the community.
This award is for a woman who has shown excellence in management of real estate, infrastructure or improved the outcome of a construction project. It may reflect how she tackled a specific construction challenge in an innovative way, at design stage or on site. Or it may recognise her community engagement initiatives, improvements to workforce health and safety, or use of new technology. But no matter the task, her excellence on the job will make her this awards’ deserving winner.
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.
We’re determined to shine a light on some undeniable value added to the 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, accountants, raise financial/banking standards through governance or affect another aspect of banking positively.
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 are looking to celebrate an inspirational woman in STEM who could be a role model to show women what they can achieve. This Award is designed to identify and share women who are passionate about STEM and good at what they do – she could be a young woman just starting out working to change the image of girls and women working in STEM, , a technician, female inventor, sparking inspiration for other women to innovate in any STEM business, start-up, academic setting or non-profit organisation, large or small. She will inspire others by showing what it is possible to achieve and demonstrate to the wider industry the contributions women are making.
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 community. We will be paying tribute to the highest calibre of volunteer or a team of volunteers.
Please Note: This needs to be an unpaid position
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 one exceptional female mentor is appreciated for the life-shaping effect it has had on another.
This important award will shine a light on an outstanding young person. It will celebrate and highlight one young woman’s natural aptitude, enthusiasm and commitment to help others, excel and contribute. Nominees for this category can be chosen from either school, college, workplace or community. Contributions can be diverse and vary from helping mom at home, being a carer, buddy at school/college, volunteering or fundraising. Open to young apprentices as well.
Please Note: Nominees must to be 18 years or less at time of nomination. 10th of January 2019.
This award is designed for companies to nominate that one outstanding woman who goes above and beyond her call of duty– someone that doesn’t touch strategy or the boardroom but inspires others and is an example of how to perform. It could be a line manager, a customer service representative or an HR Manager. There are no limitations – just inspiration. This is your chance to give that person the recognition they rarely receive or expect to receive.
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.
This special 2019 Inspire Award is reserved for a woman who inspires others just being herself. She would have made positive contribution to the community, workplace, family or just her own life, despite her disability. 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.