Awards with a difference

Women who are working hard to make a positive difference to their workplaces or communities often don’t get the recognition they deserve.

They work so tirelessly that they rarely stop to reflect on the impact that they’ve made on the people around them. They’re also reluctant to put themselves forward for awards, because they don’t feel they’re doing anything special.

That’s why we will showcase the work of every woman whose story is shared with us. Nobody loses out in these first awards in the UK to focus exclusively on women making social change.

Celebration event: 23rd Nov at The Opportunity Centre, Bradford. 

Why Igniting Inspiration was created

We love creating connections between people and projects and raising awareness of the positive social change being made in businesses and communities.

We hate awards events that are so big that it’s hard to make conversation or meet new connections.

We don’t like shortlists, because the process is too long and often feels unfair. Anticipation is built, but those who don’t win leave feeling disappointed.

We’ve had enough of dinners with melon and dry chicken and limited options for people with special dietary needs.

It’s not about the winning, it’s the taking part that counts.

So we’ve created Igniting Inspiration! Instead of shortlists, on the night we will simply showcase one individual or organisation from each of the five categories.

We’ve taken this approach because we feel there’s more value in raising awareness of your social impact initiatives and helping you to make the right connections before, during and after the event.

That’s why we’re asking you to nominate a woman who deserves recognition or share your story – from today!

On the night, there will be storytelling, entertainment and meaningful conversations over a tapas-style menu devised by young people from aspire-igen. 

The Categories

  • Heart of Gold Award

    for an individual who has made a huge difference to someone’s life. Sponsored by aspire-igen.

  • Community Champion Award

    for an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to their local community. Sponsored by Clarion Solicitors.

  • Social Impact Star Award

    for an individual who has made scalable change in their workplace or community.

  • Sustainability Savvy Business Award

    for an organisation that has implemented sustainable business practices. Sponsored by Not Just an FD.

  • Diversity-Driven Business Award

    for an organisation that is committed to diversity and inclusivity.