The search to find Yorkshire’s Director of the Year is under way.

The prestigious awards are run by the Yorkshire Institute of Directors to recognise the region’s top business leaders.

The awards will be presented at a business-focused breakfast on May !, 2014, at the Queen’s Hotel in Leeds – but applications are already welcome. The deadline for entries is Friday, March 7, 2014.

Awards are up for grabs in eight categories – Young Director, Public /Third Sector, Non-exec Director, Entrepreneur, SME Director, Large Company, Lifetime Achievement and Overall Director.

Shortlisted candidates will be able to demonstrate talent, flair, resilience, robust management as well as having contributed to the growth of their organisations and of Yorkshire as well as wealth creation for all in their businesses.

Applicants do not need to be members of the IoD, although as many members as possible are being encouraged to apply.