The search is under way to find the very best of the business world

The Institute of Directors in Yorkshire and the Humber has launched the 2011 Director of the Year Awards and is calling for entries.

The awards, in their seventh year, celebrate the achievements of the region's business leaders and are open to anyone of director level or equivalent status.

The awards are free to enter and open to non-members.

The 2010 winners included Graeme Hall, managing director of Leeds-based Brandon Medical, who was named IoD Yorkshire Director of the Year and Amar Latif, founder and managing director of Traveleyes, who received a Lifetime Achievement Award in acknowledgement of his company's contribution to the lives of people who are blind or partially sighted.

The complete list of categories for the 2011 awards are: Entrepreneur of the Year; Business Adviser of the Year; Not for Profit and Voluntary Sector Director of the Year; Young Director of the Year; Non-Executive Director of the Year; Lifetime Achievement Award; Judges' Special Award; SME Director of the Year; and Director of the Year.

Entries can be submitted online up until midnight on Wednesday May 27. To enter or for further information visit

John Thompson, regional director of the IoD in Yorkshire and the Humber, said: "The awards are always hotly contested."

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