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Nominate Manchester businesses for Be Proud awards

The public can now nominate a Manchester business to win one of the city’s 2017 Be Proud awards.

Manchester City Council is calling for worthy winners to be suggested in a host of categories, which will also include a special accolade to honour an outstanding contribution in the wake of the Manchester Arena attack.

Both the Business in the Community prize and the title recognising a person, project or organisation that helped local communities to pull through after the tragic event will be among a number of awards presented in 2017.

The awards aim to recognise the people and organisations who improve people’s lives through what they do and are passionate about the city.

Manchester residents can nominate their local heroes for each category between now and 10 September, with the likes of Young Achiever of the Year, Creativity in the Community and Recycling Project of the Year among a list of other titles up for grabs.

Three finalists for each category will be invited to a prestigious gala dinner in Manchester Town Hall’s Great Hall on 24 November when the winners will be announced.

One category winner will also be selected by judges as Manchester’s ‘Queen (or King) Bee’ and will receive the overall Pride of Manchester Award for 2017.

Councillor Nigel Murphy, Manchester City Council’s executive member for neighbourhoods, says: “The Be Proud awards are the perfect way of saying a heartfelt thank you to the extraordinary people across Manchester who give their time and talents to make their neighbourhoods better, brighter places for everyone to enjoy.

“We’re asking residents to nominate the people and organisations who they feel deserve recognition for going the extra mile – and this year, we will also be presenting a special award to someone who stepped up to help the city to stay strong and begin to recover after the Manchester Arena attack.”

Nominations can be made online, and should include as much information as possible about why a person, group or organisation deserves an award. For example, letters of support press cuttings and online links can be submitted.