Forever Manchester is proud to announce our First Friday networking event has been shortlisted for an Inclusive Network Award.

The unique awards celebrate and reward the work and positive impact of network groups from all diversity strands and sectors.

The awards are put on by Inclusive Networks, the UK’s network group hub celebrating diversity and inclusion, which works as part of OUTintheUK First Friday was shortlisted by a whole host of judges who are influential in the LGBT community.

First Friday has been shortlisted due to its inclusive nature. When First Friday first came about, we wanted it to be a great opportunity for people across Greater Manchester to come together in a relaxed environment over a pint. Both community projects we’ve funded and businesses that support and wish to support Forever Manchester come together on a monthly basis, and create a real buzz.

Like Forever Manchester, First Friday doesn’t place people in categories. The event is inclusive to all and is a great opportunity for the people of Greater Manchester to network and create new contacts.

First Friday began at The Town Hall Tavern in October 2013 and has gone from strength to strength ever since. Originally started to bring Forever Manchester supporters together to network and meet one another, the event is now a regular fixture on most people’s calendars across Greater Manchester.

Since its conception, as the event has grown, we have had to accommodate the growing number of people attending each month by changing the venue. We’ve also been able to give local arts groups and artists a stage to showcase their talents. Artists such as Tony Walsh, MaD Theatre Company and other talented local acts have graced the First Friday stage and we look forward to seeing many more as the months go on.

Attendees have benefited from attending First Friday on a regular basis, by meeting people who have been able to help their businesses or community projects to grow by making new contacts in a unique, relaxed networking environment.

First Friday has also been beneficial to Forever Manchester as it’s been a great opportunity for us to spread the word to our supporters about upcoming events, fundraising opportunities and more.

The awards will take place at Band on the Wall on 19th November, so keep your eyes peeled on our website to see whether we’ve been successful.

Forever Manchester would like to thank the judges and Inclusive Networks for nominating us for this award.

Tonight’s First Friday event will be held at The Deansgate Pub, which is next to The Hilton Hotel and you can sign up until 3pm today. If you’d like to attend our unique networking event, you can do so by signing up for free using the below ticketing form.