A financial journalist from Hertfordshire who has helped promote women in business has been appointed OBE in the New Year Honours list.
Lisa Buckingham, of St Albans, editor of the Financial Mail on Sunday, is being honoured for her services to journalism and women's issues.
Ms Buckingham told BBC News she was "utterly delighted" and that it was a "great honour".
She has helped entrepreneurs through the Financial Mail Women's Forum.
"We felt women needed more encouragement to fulfil their potential," said Ms Buckingham.
The work includes speaking to female sixth formers and giving talks to people living in women's shelters.
Ms Buckingham has been editor of the Financial Mail on Sunday - one of the best-read business sections in the UK - for eight years.
Other people to receive honours in Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire include Professor Robert James Timothy Wilson, the former vice-chancellor of the University of Hertfordshire.
Prof Wilson, of Letchworth, Hertfordshire, has been knighted for services to higher education and to business.
The former chairman of the Commission for Local Administration, Anthony Redmond, of Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, has also received a knighthood, for services to local government.
Margaret Berry, of Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, a director of quality and executive nurse at NHS Luton Primary Care Trust, has been appointed OBE for services to healthcare.
And Beryl Bennett, of Biddenham, Bedfordshire, deputy chief executive and director of international and corporate affairs at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, has been appointed MBE for services to women's health.