The pro-manchester Made in Manchester Awards return bigger and better than ever

4th February 2022, 8:00 am

On Thursday 3rd February 2022, the ninth annual Made in Manchester awards celebrated the best and brightest of Manchester’s young professional talent, live and in person from the city’s Kimpton Clocktower Hotel.

Returning to the big stage after a virtual event in 2021, the event was hosted by radio and TV personality Jenny Powell and celebrated excellence in innovation, entrepreneurial spirit, training and development and leadership. This year also saw the introduction of new categories such as Hospitality Professional of the Year, Sustainability Champion and Diversity & Inclusivity Champion. These additional categories along with the inclusion of The Manchester Community Hero award created the biggest award line up in the event’s history, attracting a record number of attendees.

Guests for the evening were entertained by vocalist Anita Ryan alongside violinist Richard Sanderson and danced the night away to The DeadBeats. The nominated charity for the evening was Forever Manchester.

Proud sponsors of the event included Gold Sponsor: Together and Silver Sponsor Squire Patton Boggs along with category sponsors Sharp, Hall Brown Family Law, Latitude Marketing, Vision Events, Rupee, Manchester Metropolitan University, William James Recruitment, Addleshaw Goddard and after party sponsor Open Money.

Speaking about the event, Chair of future pro-manchester, Laura Guillon, Senior Associate at Hall Brown said

“It has been amazing to see a record number of applicants this year but even better than that to see a jam-packed room of people ready to celebrate that fantastic talent in-person. Despite taking the chair of future pro-manchester role back in 2020 this has been my first ‘live’ Made in Manchester Awards and it was worth the wait. It has been the most challenging eighteen months some of us may ever experience in our careers and the quality of applicants and sheer talent on stage this evening has been the ultimate testament to the resilience of Manchester’s business community and leaders of tomorrow”

The full list of winners:

Apprentice of the Year – Kieran Wilkinson, Koderly

Business Development/Sales Professional of the Year: – Joseph Venables, Bruntwood SciTech

Business Owner/Entrepreneur of the Year – Duane Cormell, Realm Recruitment

Business Support Professional of the Year – Samuel Bafunso, GC Business Growth Hub

Diversity and Inclusivity Champion – Emily Hopkins, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Finance Professional of the Year – Andrew Kilheeney, NatWest

Graduate of the Year – Thomas Felton, BNY Mellon

Hospitality Professional of the Year – Becky Wilkes, D&D London

HR Professional of the Year – Hollie Ward, Creative Support

Lawyer of the Year – Megan Christie-Copeland, JMW

Manager of the Year – Toni Rollinson, Creative Support

Manchester Community Hero – Robert Philip Jones, Thales

Marketing, Advertising or Creative Professional of the Year – Lily Shepherd, Dakota Hotels

Recruitment/Talent Professional of the Year – Ruby Melling, IN4 Talent

Sustainability Champion – Fatima Mohammed, All + Management

Team of the Year – Legacy Pets Cremation Services

Technology/Innovation Professional of the Year – Ben Grubert, INEVITABLE

Chairman’s Rising Star Award – Megan Christie-Copeland, JMW

View photos from the event here 

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