The MPA Inspiration Awards have grown significantly over the past 8 years from its early success back in 2013, which was the first ever awards from the MPA. The awards were created by the industry for the industry when the MPA asked their members what they wanted to see in terms of recognition of Manchester based businesses in the Media, Digital and Creative sector.

Speaking about the announcement, Cindy Simmons, MPA managing director, said: “It was our aim in 2013 to create a ceremony that would capture the best work in the region and allow us to really showcase the exceptional talent from across the entire Media, Digital and Creative landscape. We are delighted to announce that the awards takes place this year at a new venue; the Hilton Hotel Deansgate – and for the 3rd year running, we’ll be working with our event partner Clear Presentations Ltd, Caroline Moran and the team really bring the awards to life and are a vital part of the MPA team”

The MPA is the North West’s leading Media, Digital and Creative, not-for-profit organisation representing over 2000 members.  The awards are designed to celebrate the core values of the MPA since it’s re-launch back in 2010 – inspiration and collaboration. They cover a variety of sectors and also consist of people-focused awards such as Rising star, Student and Apprentice and standout categories such as Big Bang.  This year will see new categories added based on feedback from the market and reflective of the changing structure of the industry, these include Best Podcast, Best Integrated Campaign, Integrated Agency of the year as well as an award to recognise the importance of the freelance community.

Taking feedback from their members the MPA have built on the success of specialist categories including The Martyn Hett Inspiring Manchester award, and one category demonstrating Collaboration between different companies and channels within Greater Manchester.

A stellar line up of judges has been confirmed and an announcement will be made confirming the Chair of Judges in the coming weeks.

Christian James MD of The if agency and Chair of the MPA said, “Now, more than ever, it’s essential that we celebrate the vision, passion and creativity of Manchester agencies. The MPA Awards is a unique platform to showcase the best original and innovative work coming out of this city – just what we need to respond the brutal hand that 2020 has dealt and inspire us all for the challenges ahead”.

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Shortlisted entries will be announced in June and the ceremony will be held on Thursday 14th October at the Hilton Hotel Manchester.