We are excited to announce that dBx Acoustics‘ Director, Susan Witterick, has been shortlisted for the Women in Business Awards 2016 in recognition of her work in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) sector.

With a new female prime minister, eight women cabinet ministers, and a new female chair of the Institute of Directors, British politics and businesses are trailblazing for women in leadership. The shortlist for the 2016 National Women in Business Awards, sponsored by HSBC, has attracted the highest number of entries ever received.

In announcing the results for the North West, Wales and Isle of Man, Griselda Togobo, MD of Forward Ladies said: “This has been a fantastic year for women; we continue to start, grow and run high profile successful companies. We have been surprised and delighted by the number and calibre and diversity of the applications we have received, and look forward to celebrating their success. The award categories are a reflection not only of the types of businesses with which women are involved but also industries which need to attract and encourage young women to join for future growth and prosperity.”

Other judges included Ajaz Ahmed, the founder of Freeserve, Helen Samuels from United Utilities and Saha Hashemi, founder of Coffee Republic.

Now in its seventh year, the Awards have grown from being purely regional into one of the most prestigious events in the calendar for professional women. The organisation, founded in 1999, supports women in their professional lives and celebrates and champions the role of women in the workplace.

The shortlisted applicants in each of the categories will be invited to attend the regional final at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel, Manchester, on Friday 21 October. The winners from this and the other regional finals will then be invited to appear before a live judging interview panel in November, followed by the national final in Leeds on 1 December.