Firms could clinch free DT ad packages

sp94553 Business Accelerator award winner Kevin Walker, right with Derbyshire Times Dep Editor Phil Bramley
sp94553 Business Accelerator award winner Kevin Walker, right with Derbyshire Times Dep Editor Phil Bramley

THE DERBYSHIRE Times is once again inviting developing firms to enter our wonderful competition and benefit from a share of free advertising packages worth thousands as well as expert mentoring.

We’re running the challenge as part of the National Newspaper Society’s £15m nationwide Local Business Accelerators scheme which is raising profiles of companies like last year’s LBA DT winner IT firm Reduce, Reuse WEEECycle which won £18,104 of free advertising.

Dep Editor Phil Bramley said: “There will be advertising packages for our top entrants and mentoring from experts.”

The scheme has been praised by the Government, backed by national LBA ambassador Deborah Meaden, of TV’s Dragon’s Den, Derbyshire chamber of commerce and Clowne Enterprise Centre.

Business in the DT’s publication area who are between one and three years-old with potential, a great product or idea with plans to venture into a new market with a view to create new jobs. To enter visit www.accelerateme.co.uk before the November 14 deadline. A shortlist will be announced on November 28 and winners will be announced by February 6, 2013 before being entered into the national LBA contest. National entries will be in with a chance of winning £10,000 from the Business Growth Fund, a top ad campaign and mentoring from Deborah Meaden.