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Manchester is set to host the inaugural English Italian Awards this September.

What are the English Italian Awards?The English Italian Awards is an event dedicated to recognising and rewarding Italian communities across England is set to launch in Manchester next week ahead of the gala final set for September 6th.

The English Italian Awards will allow the general public to vote for their favourite Italian businesses across England in 14 categories, ranging from “Italian Chef of the Year” and “Best Pizza” to “Best Multiple Operator”. The top five in each category that receive the most votes will then be visited by an independent judging panel who will declare the winners at the gala final set for The Palace Hotel Ballroom, Manchester this September 6th.

Awards founder and CEO Warren Paul who has now been successfully running the Scottish Italian Awards for two years says he’s “delighted to be bringing the concept to England”.

He added, “We started out in Scotland not knowing what was going to happen, the response has been huge, and were excited to see if the English Italian Community is just as competitive. Voting will open mid May, and we urge all Italian businesses across the country to compete and get their customers to vote”

Voting will be conducted through the English Italian Awards website, and it is free for all venues to compete.

Michael Macfarlane, press and events manager believes the event has “huge potential in England”. “The event in Scotland last year attracted over 50,000 votes from the public and have over 5000 venues up and down the country competed. We give businesses of all sizes the chance to become an award winning venue, and many of our Scottish winners are now reaping the benefits”

“By opening the voting lines to the general public gives all businesses a chance to win, no matter big or small, and it really does make a difference. I’ve seen businesses profits grow considerably as a direct result of winning an award with us, and it’s completely free for anyone to get involved”

Celebrity chef Aldo Zilli will be on hand to help judge the category of “Italian Chef of the Year” after helping the team in Scotland crown Chris Rouse, who will join and compete against the English winner later this year.

The team from organisers Paramount Creative will launch the new venture on April 30th in Manchester with a host of press, media and past winners with voting set to open early May.

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