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Following over a thousand valid nominations and months of preparations, the final shortlist of The Bristol Diversity Awards 2019 has been announced. The ceremony will be on 18 May.

The first Bristol Diversity Awards were launched as part of BCfm Radio’s 10th anniversary celebrations in March 2017 and have subsequently been organised and staged independently by ethical PR & broadcast organisation E-Com Media.

This year saw a 70% increase in public nominations which will now be sent to a panel of specially selected diversity judges who will assess the candidates before casting their votes. The judges’ names will be kept under wraps until the awards night when they will be revealed to the nominees. All of the nominees will be provided with a complimentary place.

Organiser Victoria Tiley from E-Com Media said: “I wish we were able to give our nominees an additional ticket each but it would be impossible from a funding perspective. These awards have really taken off and in reality have become a serious logistical challenge to fund and supply over 130 free places to our amazing nominees and special guests. Local business organisations Hargreaves Lansdown, Creative Youth Network and St Peters Hospice have all supported some of the award categories alongside UWE Bristol who are our headline sponsors this year”.

Professor Jane Harrington, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at UWE Bristol, said: “We are delighted to be sponsoring the Bristol Diversity Awards this year, as part of our commitment to inclusion across our University and the wider Bristol community. It’s vital that we have a workforce that reflects the diversity of our society, and our Equity programme has been developed to address how best we can help BAME students and graduates break through any barriers they face.

“The Bristol Diversity Awards are a testament to the passion and commitment across Bristol to creating a truly inclusive city that celebrates and benefits from its diversity. I would like to pass on our congratulations to the nominees, and I look forward to hearing more about their inspirational stories.”

This year’s ceremony will give out around 30 awards covering all aspects of diversity and shortlisted nominees including one of last year’s winners, TV Presenter Alex Beresford whose unscheduled speech on Good Morning Britain on knife crime went viral. Other nominees include businesses GapSquare and Bank Of Ireland alongside Bristol City Council’s Stepping Up programme. Others nominated include disability champions, sporting organisations and LGBT+ organisations & role models. Even politicians, media organisations and online broadcasters have been included. (A full list of the 2019 nominees is included at the foot of this release).

Bristol 24/7 and Bristol Live (The Post) are also on board as media partners this year, in an effort to expand the reach of the awards into as many communities as possible. ITV West Country are supporting with a short series of features on some of the nominees to be aired prior to the event.

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For further information, contact Victoria: Call 07920 027417

The Nominee Shortlist – Bristol Diversity Awards 2019

We all need positive role models. they inspire us to achieve our goals and to work hard to gain success. A role model can be a community leader, colleague, family member, friend, sports coach/mentor, teacher, or a neighbour.


Positive Role Model Award for Age:   George Moss (elders)  – Derek Scale (Young People) – Steve England (All ages)


Positive Role Model Award for Disability:   Andeloris Chacon – Briony May Williams – Gina Hopkins


Positive Role Model Award for Gender: Dadcast with the Man Dem – Mehala Osbourne  – Zara Nanu – Shiren Goush


Positive Role Model Award for LGBT+ : Stephen Jenkins  – Berkley Wilde – Pete Daw


Positive Role Model Award for Race/Ethnicity:  Aisha Thomas –  Silas Adekunle – Yassin Mohamud


Positive Role Model Award for Faith/Religion: – Sally Patterson – Stellah Nantezza – Team Bristol Durga Puja


The Organisation Awards recognise any non-profit group or organisation who have made an outstanding contribution to Bristol in the field of equality and diversity.


Organisation Award for Age: Bristol Central Youth F.C. – Off The Record – Envision (Bristol)


Organisation Award for Disability: WECIL –  Adaptive Martial Arts – Stepping UP BCC


Organisation Award for Gender: In Between Time  – Hargreaves Lansdown – Bristol Women’s Voice


Organisation Award for LGBT+: Kiki  – Inter Engineering – PRISM (Bristol Drugs Project)


Organisation Award for Race/Ethnicity: BCC Stepping Up Diversity Leadership Experience – Breathing Fire – Empire Fighting Chance


The Business Awards recognise any small or large business who have made an outstanding contribution to Bristol in the field of equality and diversity.


Business Award for Age: Rayan Wilson – Aspiration Creative Elevation – Buzz Lockleaze


Business Award for LGBT+: Hargreaves Lansdown – Bristol Bear Bar – University of Bristol LGBT+ Staff Network


Business Award for Race/Ethnicity: Nite vision – ACH & First West of England – Azir Razzak MD A2Z Technologies


Business Award for Disability  AMA – Mahad of Magan’s Taxis –


Business Award for Gender: Bank of Ireland – Barcan + Kirby – Gapsquare


Wherever we go and whatever we do, our opinions (and prejudices) on so many issues are based largely on what see and hear on TV, radio and online. The Diverse Broadcaster Award is to reward individuals or organisations in TV & Radio (including online broadcasters) who strive to give a balance in their coverage of news, issues and current affairs across all diversity categories.


Diverse TV Broadcaster Award:  Alex Beresford – Sabet Choudhury  – Drummer TV

Sponsored by St Peters Hospice


Diverse Radio Broadcaster Award:  Dadcast With the Man Dem – Steffi Barnett  – Miranda Rae


Diverse Podcast/Online Broadcaster Award: Dadcast  – Epigram – GuBerry Media


Diverse Production Award: – Raise The Bar – Ace Brown – PatchWork Productions


The Diverse Publication Award is to reward individuals or organisations who strive to give a balance in their coverage of news, issues and current affairs across all diversity categories in both physical print and online.


Diverse Publication Award: Up Our Street Magazine – Bristol 247 – The Bristol Cable


Our young people are inspired by us but all inspire their peers in a way that is often more powerful than we can imagine. This next award seeks to recognise a young person under 18 who appears to have grasped the importance of equality and diversity within their work at school, college, team or other organisation that they may be active.


Young People’s Inspiration Award: Sponsored By Creative Youth Network

Suliman Aqueel – Siena Jackson-Wolfe & India Garrett-Cox  – Joel Cassar (UK Tae Kwon Do Champ & World Silver Medalist)


Education is at the core of Diversity and Inclusion for both our young people and adults. The Diversity in Education award is open to schools, academies and other educational establishments who show real leadership in promoting and owning the diversity agenda. Nominations should include an example of how the nominee does this.

Diversity in Education Award: Cabot Learning Federation – Equity Bristol (UWE) – LPW (Independent School Network)

The Sporting Diversity Awards recognise any sporting group or organisation who have made an outstanding contribution to Bristol in the field of equality, diversity and Inclusion.


The Sporting Diversity Award for Age, Disability & Gender:  Alex Rotas – UOB Badminton Club – UOB Boxing Club


The Sporting Diversity Award for LGBT+:  Bristol Bisons RFC – Bristol Panthers FC – Bristol Women’s Badminton Group


The Sporting Diversity Award for Race/Ethnicity: Bristol Central Youth FC – Bristol Rovers Community Trust –  Lebeq United FC

Volunteers are the lifeblood of our city. Across all areas of diversity we see dedicated individuals working tirelessly for no financial reward just trying to improve the opportunities and situations of others. Our Volunteer Award is intended to recognise those that have tried to include equality and diversity in their volunteer work.


Volunteer Award: Hayley Jennings – Amjid Ali – Set Squared Bristol Mentors

Sponsored by Hargreaves Lansdown

We trust those in power, especially those that we vote for! So this next award is for elected officials who go above and beyond to ensure that inclusion & diversity are a major part of their civic work. Councillors, the elected mayor, MP’s, Metro Mayor, Police & Crime Commissioner are all elected by us and anyone who serves in whole or in part the Greater Bristol area are eligible.


Diverse Politician: Asher Craig – Carla Denyer – Afzal Shah

The following special awards will also be made by on the night.

E-Com Media  – Broadcast Inspiration Award – The Ross Barnett Show

E-Com Media  –  Outstanding Contribution Award  – Jasper Thompson  – HBH

E-Com Media –  Outstanding services to the Community Lloyd Russell

Paul Stephenson –  Special Recognition Award  – Cleo Lake

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