Win free advertising package in the News

George Cowcher Chamber of commerce
George Cowcher Chamber of commerce

THE Belper News is offering a free advertising package worth more than £13,000 to the town’s three most dynamic fledgling businesses after signing up to the Business Accelerators campaign.

The unprecedented package of free advertising also includes free mentoring help from business experts as part of a £15 million national campaign by the newspaper industry.

There are three fantastic prizes up for grabs which are sure to help any up and coming dynamic business reach its customers. Our first prize will see the News give away a free advertising package spanning 12 weeks worth a total of almost £7,000.

Our second prize winner will also receive 12 weeks’ of free advertising worth more than £3,600 and our third firm will get a package worth more than £2,900.

All will receive mentoring from business experts.

The bold initiative, backed by Dragons’ Den judge Deborah Meaden, is called Local Business Accelerators and is being spearheaded by the voice of local media, the Newspaper Society. Nearly 500 local press publications, including the Belper News, are joining forces to promote the strength and value of local newspapers for local businesses and communities.

Together, the local press industry will search for the nation’s most promising young businesses and help them accelerate their success with top professional advice from local business mentors, plus the substantial allocation of free advertising space in their local publication. What’s more, one lucky business picked from the hundreds of regional winners will get individual mentoring sessions from the LBA national ambassador Deborah Meaden, who will become a consultant and mentor to the business for one year.

It is open to all businesses that are active in the local community, 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 for more information on the scheme and how to enter.

Entries close on November 14, 2011.

The judges will also be looking out for that one overall star business to put forward to be in with a chance to gain Dragons’ Den star Deborah Meaden as their business mentor during 2012.