Athletics champion Dame Kelly Holmes will be the guest speaker at the Woman of the Year Awards today.
The ceremony, to be held at the NEC in Birmingham, honours the achievements of women in business.
She said she was delighted to be involved in the event.
"I find award ceremonies such as this hugely inspiring because every nominee will have a fantastic story to tell of the obstacles they have had to overcome,” she said.
“I will be talking about my own experiences and encouraging everyone not to be afraid to follow their instincts and to take a chance.
“I am sure it will be a fantastic event with hundreds of businesswomen who are working extremely hard to turn their ambitions into reality. I know I will be inspired further by hearing their own experiences.”
Food and drink lovers from all over the country are flocking to Birmingham to get a taste of Britain's latest produce.
Cakes, chutneys and cheese are just some of the goods available at this year's Good Food Show at the NEC. This year's event has attracted 400 food producers including many from the Midlands. Balvinder Sidhu has been sampling the delights.