The 14th Annual North East Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Awards brings together high-flying women from sectors across the North East in November.
Judges this year have shortlisted those who have excelled at providing focused, clear leadership abilities in running or playing a key role in business.
The judges say the standard of entries has eclipsed previous years with numbers of entries reaching a record high, according to Women into the Network (WIN).
WIN Nickie Gott, of events company She’s Gott It! said: “This is our favourite time of year when we get to call the finalists to break the news to them that they’re up for one of these prestigious awards. The standard this year is better than any previous year and the award ceremony should be a fantastic event to celebrate the achievements of these women.”