The awards include: Woman of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Outstanding Entrepreneur, Mentor of the Year (male and female nominees accepted), Rising Star, Small Business and Large Business.
A new category has also been launched - Stepping Up - which is open to women who are progressing through the ranks of middle management and have shown real commitment to their roles.
Jill Stein, director of The Seafood Restaurant and winner of the Lifetime Achievement award at the 2012 Women 1st Shine Awards, said: “The awards are a great opportunity to celebrate and showcase the achievements of women.
I was thrilled to have been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 and to receive recognition in my industry is something that I only dreamed about. I would encourage all women to get involved with these awards to receive the recognition they deserve.”
It is free to enter the awards and details of how to nominate are available at www.women1st.co.uk/awards. Entries close on 28 March 2013.