Karen Johnston, Barclays Head of Larger Business in the North West said: “Women from all sectors across the North West are securing key roles in businesses and we wanted to recognise exceptional achievements for the contribution they are making.

“The applications were all exceptionally good and the judges had a tough job drawing up the short list and selecting the finalists.

“Congratulations for all our finalists today who are role models for business women and have significantly contributed to the North West economy.