2024 Award Categories

This Is Manchester have 22 prestigious award categories and take place on 14th November at AO Arena.

The awards

Award categories include: Hospitality, Live Events & Entertainment, Arts & Culture, Fashion, Technology, Business, Well-being, and Sport.

Please ensure your entry is based on the previous 12 months unless otherwise stated. Once you have completed your nominations, you can save and amend your entry until our official entry deadline midnight Sunday 1st September

For support with writing nominations, please see our Nomination Toolkit

Entries must be submitted by companies themselves. If you are submitting an entry or nominating a third party, please make them aware. Individuals and Organisation can enter multiple categories.

This Is Manchester may merge or split categories depending on entries. We also reserve the right to move entries into a different category should we consider it a better fit, however, we will consult organisations & individuals before doing so.

All recipients and shortlisted are carefully selected by our expert industry judging panel. All shortlisted will be contacted directly and announced after the official deadline has closed.

Please ensure all information submitted is accurate and checked, if your entry is shortlisted, this will be announced across This Is Manchester Awards event marketing, and across regional and some national media outlets.

Thank you to all our brand partners for supporting This Is Manchester 2024: AO Arena, JMW, together money, St James's Place, Mistoria Estate Agents.

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If you have any queries, please contact us directly enquiries@thisismanchesterawards.com

Leading Restaurant Award (Formal)


Restaurant of The Year Award (Formal) is open to any restaurant or food outlet (group or independent operator) of any market size within Greater Manchester and Cheshire area.

Leading Restaurant Award (Casual)


Leading Restaurant Award (Casual) is open to any restaurant or food outlet (group or independent operator) of any market size within Greater Manchester and Cheshire.

Leading Chef Of The Year Award


Leading Chef Of The Year Award is open to any chef within a (group or independent) restaurant, bar, or hotel, and also private chefs who make an outstanding contribution across the region and industry.

Leading Bar / Club Of The Year Award


Leading Bar / Club Of The Year Award is open to bars & pubs individuals and / or organisations who run own, manage a bar either with or without a food element.

Leading Hotel Of The Year Award


Leading Hotel Of The Year Award is open to any hotel (group or independent) of any market size within Greater Manchester and Cheshire area.

Outstanding Debut Of The Year Award


The Outstanding Debut Award recognises the promising new achievements of an establishment which has opened in the past year, celebrating their success, development, and significant contributions to the region.

Leading Live Event Award


The category aims to recognise any event staged over the previous 12 months and is open to sports, entertainment, music, live events, cultural events, festival operators, exhibition organisers or one-off experiences – live, virtual and hybrid events can be nominated.

Leading Live Event Venue Award


Manchester has always been at the forefront of the UK’s live entertainment scene and is recognised across the world for its star-studded music & live events history.

Leading Arts & Culture Venue


This award shines a light on the arts & culture sectors contribution to Greater Manchester’s cultural offering and showcases both established and emerging destinations and attractions.

Force of Fashion Awards


The Force Of Fashion award will be presented to a talented individual or organisation that has made a major contribution across the Fashion Industry, and also consumers purchasing habits. Someone who is synonymous with innovation.

Leading Technology / Digital Innovator


This award aims to recognise individuals, companies, and institutions from across tech and digital industries – the innovators, enablers, change makers and wealth creators, from both the private and public sectors.

Individuals and/or Organisations Promoting Well-Being


This Award was introduced in 2022 to recognise and reward organisations or individuals within the health and care sector that support mental and physical wellbeing as a provider or within an organisation’s culture

Organisation Making A Difference In The Community


This award acknowledges organisations that have significantly improved the wellbeing of others, and communities, socially, culturally & economically.

The Dianne Oxberry – Special Impact Award


In recognition of Dianne Oxberry’s longstanding career and values, This Is Manchester Awards have come together with Dianne’s family, friends, and trustees of The Dianne Oxberry Trust to create a legacy award, which will reward an individual from the region who embodies Dianne’s incredible spirit, a reflection of all that Dianne stood for, her values, and her DNA.

Outstanding Contribution To Music Industry


The Outstanding Contribution To Music Award is a new award recognising the unparalleled contribution of an individual or organisation to the music – entertainment industry, including contributing to the cultural life of the industry, and made a visible difference to the community.

Best Grassroots Venue of The Year


The Grassroots Venue Of The Year is a new award which aims to recognise the important contributions the regions grassroot venues make across the live events – music industry.

Entrepreneur Of The Year Award


We want to recognise the unstoppable talent and achievements amongst Greater Manchester individuals and companies that have shown real leadership and ultimate success within their chosen field, and the positive impact on the consumers.

Outstanding Business Of The Year Award


We want to hear from the innovators, change-makers, visionaries, and creative forces who have developed ideas into success. Recognising exemplary businesses / brands who have shown sustained growth, adapted to changes and supported consumers.

Woman Of The Year Award


The Woman Of The Year is a new award aiming to recognise an individual who epitomises the values of TIMA and represents the best of who we are as women and leaders.

Hospitality Personality Of The Year Award


Manchester has a hugely talented, eclectic, and diverse hospitality scene. At the heartbeat of it all are individuals, leaders, personalities who constantly strive to make a difference for the greater good of everyone.

Outstanding Contribution To Sport


This award aims to recognise commitment to sport, whether that is through participation, leadership, or volunteering.

Manchester Supernova Award

MANCHESTER SUPERNOVA AWARD – This Category Does Not Require Any Submissions & Shall Be Determined By Our Expert Panel Of Judges With Official Announcement Of The Recipient @ This Is Manchester Awards 2024!

Any personal data relating to entries for the awards will be used solely in accordance with the current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to any third parties.