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10 years …celebrating excellence & achievements across our rich, diverse ethnic communities…

 

….thank you for your fantastic response over the last 10 years…

WHEN YOU DECIDE YOU’RE GOING TO WIN, WINNING IS NOT ABOUT LUCK… IT’S ABOUT MAKING THAT DECISION.

Diversity is acceptance, respect, and understanding that each individual is unique.  We understand each nominee, embrace and celebrate the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, physical abilities, religious beliefs, or other ideologies.  If ever there was a time to celebrate and elevate the truly staggering diversity of talent the UK has to offer, it is now – opportunities are thin, and deprived communities need motivation and inspiration.

“It’s only when you engage with the Asian, Black & Ethnic Minorities that you realise the challenges they face, the immense potential and talent that goes unnoticed”, #Q

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MTM Awards 10th Anniversary!

We are delighted to offer our stand-out awards night for the MTM Awards 10th Anniversary celebrating the essence of business and culture across our rich and diverse ethnic communities after a challenging year.  2021 was our 10th anniversary,  the Year of the Green Carpet, due to the uncertainty surrounding the country’s (UK) restrictions, the awards could not be held, but we are delighted to announce that the long-awaited MTM  10th Anniversary Awards will now take place on the 26th of November  2022, at the prestigious Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre.

The usual red carpet will be replaced with a green one in respect of nominees that champion the environment, which the South West is well known for. We look forward to hosting you at the MTM Glittering Gala Award Evening, the biggest awards incentive of its kind in the UK.

MTM Glittering Gala Awards ceremony offers you a unique opportunity to network, and celebrate with the top business and community leaders, this black-tie glittering gala evening is a must-attend for anyone that believes in #celebrating #diversity. Unlike any other awards show, the MTM Awards ceremony and after-parties are all held under one roof.

To mark the 10th-anniversary, MTM Awards launched two projects; Period Poverty Action Projects by MTM –  to create awareness, support communities, and provide sanitary towels to deprived communities in Lamu Kenya partnered by HURIS Foundation who have already delivered over 30,000 sanitary pads and underwear to girls’ schools in Pate, Siu, Faza, and Kizingitini of  Lamu Island. This was made possible by friends and partners of the MTM Awards in the UK and in Kenya.

Our second project is  Malaika Foundation by MTM, where we hope to support children from poor communities through education. This project was initiated by our director Junior Sheikh in January 2021 and to date, the Foundation is sponsoring Angel Wanjiru, an MTM Founders Award Winner 2019 with her schooling at St. Lucie Kiriri Girls Secondary School in Kenya. In March of 2022, we have added three more children based in Nairobi Kenya.  Your support and donations will go a long way in achieving our goal, “Education For All” and Free Sanitary Pads For All!

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MTM AWARDS 10TH ANNIVERSARY! …celebrating excellence & achievements across our rich, diverse ethnic communities… ….thank you for your fantastic response over the last 10 years…

…celebrating excellence & achievements across our rich and diverse ethnic communities…

10 years of an amazing 172 awards winners, 78 Special Recognition honours, 4950 welcomes, 6350 nominees, and over 196,500 votes cast since the inaugural awards – we’ve seen a remarkable increase in participation, an immense interest from diverse communities vying for this prestigious award since 2012.

It Doesn’t Get Any Bigger Than This!

 

 

WHO ARE WE

MTM Awards is a leading player in promoting and honouring diverse businesses, community groups, and persons that have excelled. Since its inception in 2012, we have presented grass-root communities, small and medium-sized businesses, and diverse community organisations a platform to exhibit their untapped talent and often unrecognised achievements. We are renowned for pushing boundaries and offering audiences a world-class Glittering Gala Award Evening and nominees an extraordinary experience to showcase their excellence and achievements in business and community work.

Ten years on, we have seen 172 awards winners, 78 Special Recognition honours, 4950 welcomes, 6350 nominees, and over 193,383,000 votes cast since the inaugural awards. The growth has been remarkable, with increased participation and an immense interest from diverse communities striving for this prestigious award.

We have supported a number of charities in the UK and abroad by way of raising awareness for charities and giving them an opportunity to promote their mission.  Through our platforms, many charity organisations have managed to voice their agenda, thus boosting their cause.

The MTM Awards are now one of the biggest awards of its kind in the UK celebrating the excellence & achievements of the Asian, Black & Ethnic Communities.  The Glittering Gala Awards Evening offers a unique opportunity to network, exchange ideas, and celebrate with some of the finest in the South West, in the United Kingdom,  across international waters, and those on our doorstep.

Building on the success of a challenging MTM Awards 2020, we are delighted to be able to continue to offer our stand-out awards night for our 10th anniversary on Saturday, November 26th, 2022, at the Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre,  celebrating the essence of business and culture across our rich diverse ethnic communities.

 

 

 

 

 

WE ARE INCLUSIVE...

MTM Awards is a celebration of excellence & achievements of the Asian, Black & Ethnic communities, but if that celebration excludes diversity across the board, then it isn’t effective for all.

Diversity is acceptance, respect, and understanding that each individual is unique.

We are diverse, as we understand each nominee, embrace and celebrate the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, physical abilities, religious beliefs, or other ideologies.

We work with People With Disabilities in all our activities, encouraging them to have roles similar to their peers who do not have a disability.  This involves more than simply encouraging people; we raise our voice making sure that adequate policies and practices are in effect in the community, organisations, and local businesses.

Our programme of social events aims to encourage various communities by bringing together and introducing people from a range of backgrounds and experiences. We’re proud of all our diverse guests, performers, and promoters and know how lucky we are to have such amazing people join our events. We actively encourage individuals irrespective of their race, gender, or sexual orientation because there is still inequality in the community that needs to be addressed.

We also work with all ethnic communities and since 2014 we have had active participation by the Romanian, Chinese, East Timor, Philippine, Thai, Nepalese, Portuguese, Brazilian, and recently the Ukrainian community.

Our doors are always welcoming new participation from around the country, across international waters, and those on our doorstep, the South West.

THE CONCEPT

MTM Awards were created to honour the South Asian communities in the South West of England.  Mast The Magazine, a community-based Black Asian & Ethnic publication in the region noticed Asian businesses and community groups were not involved in the local award incentives in Bristol. This was despite these communities playing an active role in the city and running successful businesses and community-based organisations and these individuals deserved to be recognised and appreciated.

Our founder, a career broadcaster from Kenya knew that there was an urgent need for Asian businesses, community-based organisations, and positive role models that inspire and empower diverse communities across the South West and that appreciating them would boost their potential.

This was the spark; the MTM Awards were founded in 2012 by Q Sheikh and Junior Sheikh so as to give the South Asian community in the region a platform to showcase their excellence and achievements. Having worked extensively with a range of grass-root Asian & Black Ethnic communities, businesses, and groups, since 2004, the team behind Radio Ramadhan Bristol, Radio Mast FM, and Mast The Magazine had a great understanding and excellent relationships with these communities across the South West.

“We understood the needs and wants of the Asian, Black & Ethnic communities and that guided us to tailor the MTM Awards to what they are now, inclusive, diverse, and one of the most sought after awards in the UK and beyond.

The inaugural MTM South West Asian Awards were held on Saturday, 1st December 2012. 10  years on, we have seen 172 awards winners, 78 Special Recognition honours, 4950 welcomes, 6350 nominees, and over 193,383,000 votes cast since the inaugural awards.

The 10th-anniversary MTM Glittering Gala Award Evening is on November 26th, 2022 at the Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre, the Red Carpet opens at 6 pm. 

 

 

 

 

 

GLITTERING GALA AWARD EVENING...

The Glittering Gala Award Evening is an experience!

MTM Awards Black-Tie glittering gala award evening provides a perfect setting for networking in a unique cultural environment in the heart of Bristol.  The evening promises a star-studded lineup of entertainment, exquisite dining, and celebrity guests, all present to raise the profile of the event to a global audience.  The award evening is held in the Bristol Suite of the Bristol Marriott Hotel, City Centre which has been the home of the MTM Awards since 2014.

The venue is transformed into a glittering gala award evening with a red carpet welcome, exquisite dining, and diverse entertainment. It is the only awards ceremony of its kind in the United Kingdom, welcoming a multitude of diverse regional, national, and international guests to our doorstep.

In a world in which there are an estimated 7,000 languages, there’s one that is always universal – Food. 

At the MTM Glittering Gala Award Evening, the food is a cultural journey. Every season we share our experience of different cuisine, from the Stone-town of Zanzibar, across beautiful Caribbean Islands to the  River Ganges, the food at the MTM Awards is a diverse experience.

The entertainment is unique, from Mauritian Sega, Cuban Samba, Flamenco, Nepalese and  Romanian dancers to the tender sounds of the Tanbur, a simple musical instrument from the River Nile, and the Sweet Sounds of Honey Out of Somalia, MTM Awards are the Difference. 

MTM Glittering Gala Awards ceremony offers you a unique opportunity to network, and celebrate with the top business and community leaders, this black-tie glittering gala evening is a must-attend for anyone that believes in #celebrating #diversity.  Unlike any other awards show, the MTM Awards ceremony and after-parties are all held under one roof.

MTM Awards Brand Ambassadors.

At the MTM Awards we have seen an incredible increase in nominations across the South West, nationally, and internationally.  This is down to the fantastic team of diverse individuals who year on year, support and engage with one of the UK’s biggest Awards initiatives for diverse communities.

MTM Brand Ambassadors are a key part of this success. This inspiring group of individuals have the opportunity to work with the MTM Awards, develop new networks, and champion diverse communities and organisations.

For more information and details on how to become part of the MTM Awards team contact 

  e: info@mtmawards.co.uk m: +447807802325

WHO ARE OUR BRAND AMBASSADORS?

People that are well placed in business and communities,

  • They are enthusiastic, outgoing individuals with a considerable social media presence and a medium to large-sized network.
  • They promote our brand via personal social media accounts
  • They help to build awareness and sponsorship opportunities.
  • They help spread the word and engage with the award’s vision.
  • They advocate the MTM Awards and spearhead or vision.
  • They encourage and enhance diverse communities through recognition and self-
  • They are our role models across the country spreading our message of; celebrating the excellence & achievements of the Asian, Black & Ethnic communities.

WHY SHOULD I BECOME AN MTM AWARDS AMBASSADOR?

The MTM Awards, develop new networks and champion diverse communities and organisations.

The ambassadors have played a great role in opening new avenues in the smallest of towns in the region.

The choice of MTM Ambassadors is competitive as we grow. 

This coveted title is open to past MTM Award Winners and embodies the crème de la crème who support, engage and create awareness of the MTM Brand in their regions.

For more information and details on how to become part of the MTM Awards team contact 

 e: info@mtmawards.co.uk m: +447807802325

WHAT DO MTM AWARDS AMBASSADORS DO?

WHY SHOULD I BECOME AN BRAND AMBASSADOR?

The MTM Awards develop new networks and champion diverse communities and organisations. The ambassadors have played a great role in opening new avenues in the smallest of towns in the region. The choice of MTM Ambassadors is becoming more competitive as we grow. 

This coveted title is open to past MTM Award Winners and embodies the crème de la crème who support, engage and create awareness of the MTM Brand in their regions.

WHAT DO MTM AWARDS AMBASSADORS DO?

MTM Awards chooses a brand ambassador to be the “face” of the brand. The candidate is a tastemaker in their communities and should plan to use already established networks and relationships to market the brand via word-of-mouth marketing, referring friends, posting about the brand online and will be expected to represent MTM Awards at specific events, where they may give a brand talk or give away brand products. Ambassadors promote our brand via personal social media accounts

  • They help to build awareness and sponsorship opportunities.
  • They help spread the word and engage with the award’s vision.
  • They advocate the MTM Awards and spearhead our vision.
  • They encourage and enhance diverse communities.
  • They are our role models across the country spreading our message of; celebrating the excellence & achievements of the Asian, Black & Ethnic communities.

For more information and details on how to become part of the MTM Awards team contact 

  e: info@mtmawards.co.uk m: +447807802325

HOW DO I BECOME AN MTM BRAND AMBASSADOR?

You must be well versed in the role and the responsibilities that such a position will entail. With the increasing influence of the internet and social media, the role of a brand ambassador has evolved, and there are now even more opportunities for those looking to represent a brand they love. Trust and credibility are decisive in being an outstanding brand ambassador.

Brand ambassadors should anticipate face-to-face interactions being a major part of the position. Whether representing MTM Awards at a formal event or networking, a brand ambassador is constantly expected to engage with their community to generate brand awareness.

 TESTIMONIAL

“As a past winner of the MTM Awards, I am honoured and delighted to have been selected as an Ambassador for this year`s event. This is five in a row and I am humbled to be entrusted with this role. As a role model for many young people, I urge those in business and community work including all companies, community groups, and organisations regardless of size or years of experience, to register for the 2020 MTM Awards,” Georgia Holmes, Best Model Award Winner 2014.

For more information and details on how to become part of the MTM Awards team contact 

  e: info@mtmawards.co.uk m: +447807802325

Testimonials

“As I entered the Bristol Marriott Hotel city centre, the energy in the lobby hit me. They often say your energy introduces you before you speak. Well, this is it, I said to myself, buzzing, empowering, and diverse.  People across communities gathered, shared and networked, it was like the release of a world premiere. Let me say that again, so it sinks in, it was empowering and world-class. The evening created a community spirit; one that bonded every one of us in the room. I can’t wait for more events like this that connect me to a community that is looking to rise together.” Emma Beatty

I have been a part of the MTM Awards now for over 6 years when I was nominated and won the Best Model award back in 2014. Since then, I have seen the achievements of the ethnic and black minorities in the South West of England progress. It is great to see achievers from all ages across the board and I thoroughly enjoy being a part of the MTM Awards and supporting this prestigious event every year. “As a past winner of the MTM Awards, I am honoured and delighted to have been selected as Brand Ambassador for this year`s event. This is six in a row and I am humbled to be entrusted with this role. As a role model for many young people I ask those in business, community groups, organisations, and individuals aspiring to inspire to register for the 2018 MTM Awards,” Georgia Holmes, MTM Best Model Award Winner 2014.#georgia1990

“The love of supporting the MTM awards for me is that in this world there is too much intolerance, ignorance, division, and hate. I hope that being an ambassador allows me to talk to people and show them that with unity and love we can make this world a better place for all, no matter what religion you practice, the country you are born in, your gender, or the colour of your skin, we are all the same, we all want to be happy, safe and our children to grow in a world without judgment just because of who we are. From the platform of MTM, I love that we can show the people of the South West & the rest of the country that they are truly appreciated and valued for what they do. Whether that be from the local shop to years of dedication to charities or our public services. I would like to thank every nominee, winner, and sponsor of the MTM awards for helping me and the team to try and make our home a happy, safe, fun, and tolerant place to live”, Joe Hawkins #joehawkins

“For me, the only way I can describe the #MTMs, Labels are for products, not people. MTM treats everybody as an equal. It boosts confidence in people as well as networking and raising awareness for charitable causes. But mainly because no matter who you are, or where you are from you are treated like family.” # Plymouth-based Nigel of #Hawkeye photography was  #chief #photographer for the MTM Awards, he passed on in 2022.

“When you have to go knocking on doors of mainstream media houses you experience the beauty of diversity. As it’s only when you involve with the Asian, Black & Ethnic Minorities that you realise the challenges they face, the immense potential and talent they have that goes unnoticed.” Cllr. Chaz Singh – Plymouth MTM Community Champion award Winner 2014.

“It is a great honour to be invited and to be part of the event. I express my huge appreciation to all organisers and to all those who work selflessly behind the scene. I salute all the award winners and the community volunteers. MTM Awards is a unique place to celebrate the contributions of all ethnic minorities in South West England. You have been showcasing it elegantly for many years. Let this event grow bigger and reach out to all walks of life. Best wishes and prayers”, Mayor of Bradley Stoke Cllr. Tom Aditya – 2019

“As Mayor of Swindon, I am delighted to be invited to such a prestigious event as the MTM Awards and to be able to be a part of it. It is only right that we should recognise and celebrate both the contributions and the high achievements of our Asian and Ethnic Minorities. I’m certain that the evening will be a great success. Every good wish,” Mayor of Swindon, Councillor Eric Shaw 2016

“I congratulate and thank everyone from the Asian & Ethnic Minorities who have enriched our community with their hard work and creativity. I look forward to sharing in the public recognition of their outstanding contributions in our region at the Gala Evening on the 17th of December 2017”, Mayor of Taunton Deane Councillor Hazel Prior-Sankey 2017

‘I am very much looking forward to spending an evening with winners and others celebrating the achievements of our Black, Asian, and Ethnic Minority Communities in the South West, his career has combined international business roles with public service in the region. Born in East Africa he has lived and worked in the Middle East and now lives in South Gloucestershire-Mayor Tim Bowles -Mayor Tim Bowles was elected as the first Metro Mayor for the West of England in May 2017. 

“As First Citizen of Bristol is a great honour to be able to attend and present an award at the 8th Annual MTM Awards. The awards celebrate business and cultural success across our many and varied ethnic minority communities and cultures. The Awards have grown from strength to strength over the last 8 years with new National and International categories introduced in 2016.  I am pleased to see that this year’s nominations have been received from Goa-India, Somaliland, Morocco, Tanzania, and Kenya.  A large part of my role as Lord Mayor is visiting and recognising the hard work and value our communities offer to the City and the MTM Awards go a long way to showcasing how important our Black and Minority Groups Ethnic are to the cultural and professional life of Bristol”. The Lord Mayor of Bristol Cllr Jos Clark 2019 – 2020

“Diversity was never a word in my vocabulary until I became a young adult and both experienced & witnessed the injustice & discrimination that was happening around me. My home city of Bristol is more diverse than when I was at school and we are proud to wear that diversity on our sleeve – 91 languages, 187 countries of birth; 45 religions & faiths practiced. The city and indeed the world is so much more intertwined & we all need to take time out once in a while to appreciate & celebrate our many cultures. The MTM Awards does just that by bringing together an array of worthy nominees from across the South West whose work in this space needs to be shouted about and recognised”, Thank you MTM for raising the bar each year and shining a spotlight on the great work we all do in the name of “diversity”.  Deputy Mayor of Bristol Cllr Asher Craig.

“I am very pleased to be present at the 2019 MTM Awards and happy to support the good work of their chosen charity Dementia UK”. The Right Worshipful The Mayor of Bath (Councillor Gerry Curran) – 2019

“I am looking forward to attending the MTM awards event in Bristol and being able to take part in the celebration with people achieving excellence from Southwest communities, as well as award winners from local, national, and international business.” Calne Town Mayor Cllr Robert Merrick -2019

“Joining friends and colleagues in the BME community for the MTM Awards is undoubtedly a highlight of this time of year.  The event provides us all with a unique opportunity to come together to celebrate entrepreneurship, individual talent, and community spirit as well as learn a little about some of the exciting work that is taking place in our region and beyond.  I am looking forward to joining you all once again for the 2019 Gala Award Evening.” Cllr Ian Boulton, Staple Hill, Bristol – Cllr Boulton has been on our journey since the inaugural MTM South West Asian Awards in 2012.

“What a joy it is for me, having been present at the very first MTM Award Evening, to once again be witnessing a splendid night that showcases the ethnic diversity of the Greater Bristol Region, and I warmly greet and thank all those who have contributed to this very important event”. Cllr Peter Abraham Three Time Lord Mayor of Bristol – Cllr Abraham has been on our journey since the inaugural MTM South West Asian Awards in 2012.

“Dementia UK provides specialist dementia support for families via the Admiral Nurse Service.  When things get difficult our nurses work alongside the entire family giving them one-to-one support, expert guidance, and practical solutions. The expertise and experience our nurses bring are a lifeline to those facing dementia, allowing families to live more positively and to face challenges with more confidence and less fear.  Thank you MTM Awards for giving Dementia a platform to connect with diverse communities. Sophie Hirst Dementia UK

“I am delighted to be attending the MTM awards again this year. It is always wonderful to be part of this fantastic event and celebrate the successes of tonight’s nominees and winners. Congratulations to all involved.” PCC-Sue Mountstevens- Avon & Somerset Constabulary.

“Happy to be part of this great initiative, looking forward to the event”, Stephen Cullen is an Assistant Chief Constable for Avon and Somerset Constabulary.

Steve has spent his working career working for the Police and has held a number of roles as rising through the ranks.  Steve leads Neighbourhood, Partnerships, and Response policing across the diverse communities of Avon and Somerset. Steve is a champion of inclusion and diversity, including adopting the role of Chief Officer Lead for LGBT+, all underpinned by our Force’s values of courage, caring, inclusiveness, and learning.

“Wishing everyone good luck for the forthcoming MTM awards, I am sure it will be a wonderfully glittering event.  Really looking forward to attending”. Mayor of Taunton Cllr. Francesca Smith- 2019

“On behalf of the Members and Officers of Gloucester City Council, I am pleased to offer our congratulations to all the nominees of this prestigious event celebrating the excellence and achievements of the Asian, Black, and Ethnic minority communities.  Thank you to the organisers and sponsors of the MTM Awards for showcasing such an outstanding event.  Gloucester is proud to celebrate the very wide diversity of our people and continues to welcome warmly people of all ethnic origins and backgrounds.  I wish everyone much success.”-The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Gloucester Councillor Joanne Brown – 2018

“I am extremely honoured to be part of the MTM Awards on behalf of Avon Fire and Rescue Service. It recognises some of the best the region has to offer when it comes to diversity in both business and the community, something we are proud to be a part of. As a Service, we have been working tirelessly to ensure we represent the communities we serve, be that through our, Yes You Can campaign, which encourages a diverse workforce, or our risk reduction work in the community with groups across the area. We love the diverse nature of Bristol and surrounding areas and what it offers, such as St Pauls Carnival which celebrated its 50th anniversary and is something we hope to be part of again. But we can always do more, and we will. Our Diversity, Inclusion, Cohesion, and Equality team works extremely hard in making sure we connect with all members of the communities were serve and that we are constantly improving the service we offer,  “finally, congratulations to all the winners; you help make Bristol one of the best cities in the UK.” Simon Shilton was appointed Assistant Chief Fire Officer for service delivery support in January 2017 and is a champion of inclusion. He has been in the fire and rescue service for 25 years working with diverse communities and projects in Bristol and West Midlands.

“Although it has only been going for 7 years the MTM awards are already firmly established as a major prestigious event in the region. So I was honoured to receive the invitation to present an award at this year’s MTM Gala Evening, the more I have found out about the event the more privileged I feel. It is great to be able to join in the celebration of successful individuals, businesses of various sorts, and a wide range of high achievers. Succeeding in business in a time of austerity and all the uncertainty about the future of our country is harder than ever. I congratulate everyone who has been nominated for an award. It will be a very tough task for the judges to decide on the winners.” Kevin Cranston Mayor of Stroud 2018

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