Hundreds of nominations have flocked for an awards scheme focused on female entrepreneurs backed by the Post.

More than 400 nominations have bene made for the the first NatWest Venus Awards held in the city.

The scheem was founded in 2009 to recognise local women working in business and the deadline for nominations is July 15.

To nominate your clients, colleagues, friends and family visit ahead of the ceremony which takes place at the ICC on November 26.

The categories include:

* Birmingham Post Employee of the Year

* SimkissGuy Recruitment PA of the Year

* Heart Business Mother of the Year

* Niche Magazine Inspirational Woman

* Employer of the Year

* Lifetime Achievement

* Business of the Year

* New Business

* NatWest Small Business

* Home Based Business

* Professional of the Year

* Influential Woman

* Customer Service

* Entrepreneur of the Year

* Networker of the Year.