The Belper News is offering a substantial free advertising package to the town’s most dynamic fledgling businesses after signing up to the Business Accelerators campaign.
The package of free advertising is part of a national campaign by the newspaper industry and industry chiefs aimed at helping new firms.
The initiative, backed by Dragons’ Den judge Deborah Meaden, is called Local Business Accelerators (LBA) and is being spearheaded by the voice of local media, the Newspaper Society.
As part of the Business Accelerators campaign, hundreds of local newspapers, including the Belper News, are joining forces to back local companies and their communities.
Since the launch, the Business Growth Fund (BGF), an independent business established to help the UK’s fast growing smaller and medium-sized businesses, has come forward to add a £10,000 cash sum to the prize package for the overall winner.
The winners of the Belper News competition will go forward into a regional contest and eventually there will be a national competition to find the country’s most promising young businesses and help them ‘accelerate’ their success with top professional advice from business mentors, including input from business guru Deborah Meaden.
The lucky business to eventually be picked from the hundreds of regional winners will get individual mentoring sessions from the LBA national ambassador Deborah, who will become a consultant and mentor to the firm for one year.
Local Business Accelerators is open to all businesses that are active in the local Belper community, which are between one and three years old and full of potential.
They may have a great idea or product, or even have found a new market.
They’re the kind of businesses that will create new jobs and individually they will create pride in the community.
If you run such a business, or know anyone who does, and want the chance to receive invaluable business support and advertising space in the Belper News then visit www.accelerateme.co.uk for more information on the scheme and how to enter.
Entries close on November 16, 2012.
Belper News Editor Julie Crouch said: “We know there are firms out there in the Belper News’ area that fit the bill perfectly to take part in the Business Accelerators competition and would benefit greatly from some all important free advertising.
“We have also just launched our business page because there is so much happening in the Belper area - get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.”