NORTH-EAST business woman Jeanette Forbes has been named Entrepreneur of the Year in the prestigious 2018 Elevator Awards.

The Aberdeen-based event recognised Forbes, CEO of PCL Group, for her ingenuity and entrepreneurship and for successfully diversifying her business interests in response to the oil and gas downturn.

She was also praised for her support of many charities, community and government initiatives across Scotland.

Forbes founded PCL Group, providing data cabling, telecoms and computer systems to the offshore, marine, commercial, industrial and renewables sectors in 2000. In 2009 she set up Thistle Cleaning and Property Maintenance Services. In 2017, she diversified her business interests and opened the award-winning Grape and Grain wine bar in Aberdeen’s Thistle Street.

She is also managing director of GoHawk, a flight route planner firm which has developed the world’s fastest flight-route algorithm.