This is Manchester Awards launch: Sharing the Love

by | Jul 9, 2018 | General, News | 0 comments

Ziara Siddique of Elite Profile Agency had a brainwave. What if there were awards to showcase all the amazing talent and business enterprise happening across Manchester? Following her own motto of “less chat and more action” she has made her idea a reality.

Most of us are well versed in Manchester’s heritage: Industrial revolution. Football. Music. But the UK’s fastest growing city outside of London, has a modern tale to tell. Contributing £62.8 billion to the global economy, the city is an innovative and buzzing place to be.

This is Manchester (TIM) awards will celebrate all that this wonderfully diverse city offers, both now & in the future. The inaugural awards ceremony will take place at the Hilton hotel on the 8th November 2018. In their own words they’ll be “sharing the Manchester love.” With all monies raised on the night going straight into the Mayor’s homeless fund, they truly mean share.

9 leading figures from around the city have pledged their support & will sit on the judging panel ( Led by the official Ambassador & Judge Ged Doherty (Founding Partner Raindog Films & Chairman of the BPI & BRIT Awards), they will judge submissions from industry & individuals, across 13 award categories.

All 13 awards will recognise the best of Manchester’s entertainment, hospitality & culture with a special Manchester Supernova award and a “Centenary woman,” marking 100 years since women got the vote.

We caught up with Ziara, Ged & fellow judge & ex-premier league footballer Joleon Lescott to find out what’s motivated them to be involved.

We asked Ziara what centenary woman means?

“The sentiment is very much about someone who fixes someone else’s crown, rather than their own”. Do we have a modern-day Pankhurst in our Manchester midst? We can’t wait to find out!

Ged will be presenting the “Supernova award” in a BRITS style live finale, with the 4 shortlisted winners being announced live on the night. For a man who grew up on a Wythenshawe council estate, who has since lived in London and New York, what does Ged think about Manchester now?

“It’s great there is so much going on yet it doesn’t have the manic-ness that other leading cities have. We don’t take ourselves too seriously.” He’s genuinely touched by how much his hometown has grown & sees exciting changes every time he comes back to visit his family or watch football. He’s also brought the filming of his latest Raindog Productions film here. Official Secrets, the true story of the British Intelligence whistle blower Katherine Gun & her leak of an NSA memo in the run up to the Iraq war. Due for release in October, it stars Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes and Matt Smith. “The back of the Northern Quarter looks a lot like Shoreditch in London and then we’ve shot scenes around Peter Street and Bowley Square. We also found a warehouse that looks like the Old Bailey.”

With filming cost’s outside of London being far cheaper, we hope to see Ged & his Crew back again soon.

He’s also been working on a 6 month review of Manchester’s music scene with Andy Burnham. Alongside other advisors, they will look to enhance the music eco-system in the north, to bring cultural and economic benefits to the region.  “In my day you had to leave to get a creative career and it’s good to see with over 1,000 new creative jobs in the last year, the younger generation no longer have to go to London.”

And from a City Fan to an Ex City Player……

Having played for Manchester City Joleon Lescott is genuinely excited about the awards & celebrating Manchester’s sport & entertainment scene. What does he love most about Manchester?

“The people are very friendly which has played a massive part in my family feeling settled here.” And one of his favourite restaurants “Australasia”. Of course, we had to ask, who does he think will win the World Cup? “I predicted France before it started so if not England I’d like to be right & see France win it”.

To get tickets to this inspiring event, you need to be quick. With capacity for 46 tables and 26 sold already, get your best Manchester swagger over to enquiries@thisismanchesterawards.comASAP. There’ll be a surprise headline act performing too.

With the passion & creativity on display within the TIM Team, let alone amongst the nominees, we can’t wait until November to share in the seriously good Manchester love.


Words by: By Lindsey Milner

Author : Emily Fitzgibbons

Editor at The Glossy Magazine | Journalist & Office Manager at Salutions Limited

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