Bradford’s most prestigious women awards opens nominations for fourth year.

Nominations for Bradford’s fourth Annual Inspirational Women Awards (BIWA) 2014 are now open.

The awards, which highlight the district’s inspirational women, is now its fourth year and continues to go from strength to strength with a new category added each year.

This year members of the public can vote for Woman in teaching, as well as previous categories such as Business Woman, Woman in Sport, Community Star and Woman of the Year.

Suzanne Johns, a previous winner of Woman of the Year, and enjoyed a trip to New York courtesy British Airways said: “It is a fantastic concept and is the type of thing where you go ‘why was this not done sooner?’. There are so many women who have achieved so much, whether that is in business, being mothers or just members of the community.  I think it is a fantastic accolade and recognition of the good work that goes on in our community and further afield.”

Last year’s winner of the Woman of the year award Dawn Williams Urch was elated when her name was announced as the winner. Tearful and humbled she collected her award to a packed out audience and will be taking advantage of her fantastic prize to New York (courtesy BA) later this year.

BIWA allows the public to nominate truly inspirational women, who may or may not have been recognised for their vital work and achievements in the past.  The awards recognise inspirational women from all spheres of life, be it at home, in the community, in the workplace or in business.

Once nominations will stay open till midnight 31 December and will then be verified and shortlisted by Jane Vincent and Fatima Patel founders of the Inspirational Women Foundation.

The short lists will then be passed to a panel of independent judges who will then choose the final winners.

Last year’s panel of judges consisted of Bradford East MP David Ward,  Adeeba Malik of QED and Susan Jones HR and Operations Director of Freeman Grattan Holdings.

The ceremony, which has sold out every year, will also highlight the stories of these inspirational women to guests, councillors, MPs and VIPs.

Principle founder Fatima Patel said “I am delighted that the Inspirational Women Awards is going from strength to strength each year. Last year I was unable to get involved due to my illness, however I am immensely proud of the Inspirational women awards volunteers and my co-founder Jane Vincent who had done a marvellous job of executing a hugely successful event. Now that the awards are part of the Inspirational Women Foundation, it can only get better. But we need your support and your help to help us find those unsung inspirations, so please get nominating.”

The star studded evening will be held on Saturday March 28, 2015.

Know an inspirational woman? Nominate her now by clicking here

 

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