David Cameron has thrown his weight behind the Business Accelerators scheme – in which three lucky winners will receive free advertising in the Belper News.
The Premier said he hoped for a good crop of entries in the competition being run by more than 500 newspapers across the UK.
Businesses aged between one and five years old can enter LBA for the chance to win a campaign.
The most promising businesses will go forward to the national stage of the competition to win a year’s mentoring fromDeborah Meaden and a local advertising campaign devised by a top London creative ad agency.
Mr Cameron said: “The Local Business Accelerators campaign has provided tremendous support to fledgling businesses across the country and I am delighted that it will be running for a second year.
“Local newspapers play a vital role in their communities and are uniquely placed to support small businesses, giving them the boost that they need to grow, which is good for local areas and good for the economy as a whole.
“I hope more young businesses put themselves forward over the coming months and get involved with this innovative scheme, which rewards entrepreneurship and creative thinking in business.”
Our winner of the Belper News Local Business Accelerator title will receive a quarter page advert, which is sure to help land them new customers, that will run for 13 weeks and is worth £3,500-plus.
The second place firm will get a run of adverts worth more than £2,500-plus and our third placed company will get a serries of all important adverts in a package worth almost £2,000.
The most promising Belper businesses will go forward to the national stage of the competition to win a year’s worth of mentoring from Dragons Den star Deborah Meaden and a local advertising campaign devised by a top London creative ad agency.
Last year’s overall LBA winner, Ilkley Brewery in Yorkshire, which is currently receiving mentoring support from Deborah, saw its orders in Leeds double as a result of the free LBA ad campaign in its local paper and the business expanded to take on two new employees since taking part in the initiative.
If wish to enter the competition, 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.