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The 2018 Manchester PA Awards have officially Launched


On Thursday January 25th, The Manchester PA Network, in partnership with Make Events, held the launch of the annual Manchester PA Awards at The Tunnel Club, Manchester City.


Over 80 support professionals representing Manchester’s Business Community came together to learn more about this year’s awards.   


This year will be a year of change, as the Network introduced not only a new identity but also new categories, a new venue, a new website and new headline sponsor, UKFast.


Amanda Hargreaves co-founder of the Manchester PA Network said:


“We believe in adapting and changing so we continue to deliver the best awards in the region. This year will be the first time we have run the awards independently and we look forward to introducing our new look as well as exciting new categories such as, the Social Media Champion and Fundraiser of the Year   The Awards will also be opening up a category to outside Manchester and announced the External PA Network award.


“The high standard of entries is testament to the fantastic talent we have in the region and these awards are about celebrating these achievements and thanking these individuals for all their dedication, enthusiasm and professionalism over the year.”


UKFast CEO Lawrence Jones said:


“PAs and EAs play an incredibly important role in any business and are often the unsung heroes, so it’s fantastic to be able to pay tribute to them and the work they do.


“We’re looking forward to celebrating success and helping to shine a light on the leading talent.”


The 2018 Manchester PA Awards will take place on Thursday November 1st, at The Point, Emirates Old Trafford, Lancashire County Cricket Club. The awards seek to celebrate and reward the incredible talent of PAs, EAs, VAs and support professionals across the Manchester business community.


Now run independently by the Manchester PA Network alongside event partner Make Events the awards will be run on a not-for-profit basis, with all sponsorship funds contributing to making the awards a night to remember.


Entries will open on Monday 26th February and entrants can be nominated for the following 13 categories:


UKFast Excellence Award
Fundraiser of the Year
Lifetime Achievement Award,
Best Event Organised by a Support Professional
Leader of the Year
Team of the Year
Brand Ambassador Award
Rising Star Award
Business Leader of the Year
Virtual Assistant Award
Internal PA Network Award
External PA Network Award
Social Media Champion Award


Alongside Headline sponsor UKFast this year’s awards will be supported by Lilly Shippen, The Adam Fidler Academy, Addison Lee, The Crowne Plaza and Staybridge Suites Manchester Oxford Road, DGOS, PZ Cussons, The Executive & Personal Assistants Association, INNSIDE by Melia Manchester, Lancashire County Cricket Club, Make Events, Revolucion de Cuba and Savills.


For more information about the awards visit or contact Amy Beresford on 

The Christie Goal

In December 2016 we set our network a fundraising challenge of raising £100,000 by 2020 we were delighted in November 2017 to reach this big milestone 3 years ahead of schedule.


It was an honour for our Board to meet the Christie Chief Exec, Roger Spencer and present a cheque for just over £100,000


For all those asking - yes we have a new goal............................£200,000 by 2020.


We would love as many of our members to get behind us and go out and complete personal challenges.  Please let us know what you have planned by emailing us and we can ensure your funds raised go towards that goal.


New Look Manchester PA Awards

Now the biggest PA network in the City with over 750 members on its database they are proud to announce that they will be bringing a new look Manchester PA of the Year Awards to the City in 2018. 


Melanie Sheehy, co-founder said ‘it is really important to us as the network continues to grow that we refresh the awards and make it bigger and better than previous years.  Every year we have seen the number of nominations grow and the demand for tickets to the awards ceremony increase going from 178 guests in 2015 to 670 guests this year.  We feel the time is right to take the awards to the next level.’


The awards have been refreshed with the help of Simon Hancock – Triple Seven.  Holly Moore said ‘the awards have grown beyond our wildest dreams and felt important that the rebrand reflected that’.


The awards will officially launch in association with Fabulous Fan Fayre on 25th January 2018 at the exclusive Tunnel Club in Manchester City’s football stadium.  The Manchester PA Network will also reveal a brand-new look at the event as well as the award categories, the date and the location.


Amanda Hargreaves said ‘we have been lucky enough each year to work with some incredible brands who support us year on year, and 2018 is no exception with sponsorship already confirmed by Alma Mater Resourcing, Make Events, Addison Lee, Eclectic Hotels, EPAA and PZ Cussons'.



2017 Manchester PA Award Winners Announced

The 2017 Manchester PA of the Year Awards winners were recognised at an exclusive awards ceremony held at Victoria Warehouse.


Nearly 700 professionals from across the region gathered to celebrate the top business support professionals in several categories.


Matt Johnson hosted the evening, with a special guest appearance from Manchester poet Tony Walsh who recited ‘This Is The Place’, in tribute to the victims and those affected by the Manchester Arena bombing.


The evening's live entertainment came from the RPJ Band.



What a team!!

In May 2016 our Manchester PA Network 10K team completed their fourth Manchester 10K run.


A very difficult an emotional day as Manchester was hit by an unspeakable act of terrorism a week before the event.


The team were determined to carry on and with the amazing help of Gemma Boyle and Lesley Ward everyone took part.


This years Manchester 10K was also our largest fundraising event to date raising over £12,500


We could not be prouder.

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