WE'RE launching our search for the strong, inspirational women of Colchester and Tendring.

International Women's Day is looming on March 8 and we want to shine the spotlight on the cream of north Essex.

First we need your help.

Would you like to nominate someone who makes you proud - perhaps a wife, mum, aunt or sister who has climbed the corporate ladder or set up their own successful business?Chelmsford Weekly News: .

If so, we'd love to hear their story and find out how they're not only surviving but thriving during these challenging times.

Perhaps you have an inspirational lady in your life who holds a position of authority, like a business leader or headteacher.

Maybe you want to tell us about a special mum or grandparent or it might be that your nominee selflessly gives their time to help others, championing and supporting a certain charity.

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Whatever the story, we want to hear about it.

Drop us a line using the form below, outlining why this special person deserves to be in the spotlight.

We'd also love to see a picture and we'll print as many as we can in our papers and online in the run-up to International Women's Day.