A LAUNCH party for an awards ceremony recognising businesswomen in the region is taking place on Tuesday.

The NatWest Venus Awards for Southampton 2014 praises the achievements of women in business in a range of categories across the region.

Sponsored by the Daily Echo, the event will take place at the Grand Cafe in South Western House on Terminus Terrace from 5.30pm to 8.30pm.

Last year the awards saw 14 women heralded for their hard work with their business, either assisting managers or starting up their own companies.