Prime Minister backs campaign

Pictured is Prime Minister David Cameron who is backing the Derbyshire Times' Local Business Accelerators competition.
Pictured is Prime Minister David Cameron who is backing the Derbyshire Times' Local Business Accelerators competition.

DAVID Cameron has paid tribute to the Local Business Accelerators campaign which the Derbyshire Times is running, describing it as an “excellent initiative” aimed at giving practical support to small businesses across the UK.

The Derbyshire Times is among a number of newspapers which has launched the competition, offering advertising packages worth thousands of pounds and mentoring deals as prizes for the top three winners, in a bid to raise their profiles and boost business.

The Prime Minister said: “The Local Business Accelerators campaign will help provide the boost that our smaller British businesses need right now. By joining forces to launch this excellent initiative, local newspapers are demonstrating their commitment and providing exactly the sort of practical, hands-on support that will help young local businesses succeed and grow.

“Those that will benefit from the initiative are the very businesses and entrepreneurs that will help to lead Britain’s recovery. I want to thank all those involved for taking part in Local Business Accelerators and to wish you every success with this important campaign.”

How to enter:

The Derbyshire Times’ Local Business Accelerator competition is open to businesses in our local area between one and three years-old with potential, a great idea or product or plans to venture into a new market and a desire to create new jobs.

The Derbyshire Times winner will get an advertising package worth £18,104, the second placed runner-up will get one worth £8,959 and the third-placed runner-up will get one worth £6,779.

All three will receive business mentoring from Derbyshire chamber of commerce chief executive George Cowcher and Clowne Enterprise Centre adviser Paul Davies.

To find out more visit www.accelerateme.co.uk for information about the scheme and details about how to enter.

Entries will be considered until a November 14 deadline. A shortlist will be announced on December 7 and the winners will be announced on January 11, 2012.

The advertising campaign and mentoring will run from January to April, 2012, and the national winners’ event will run between May and June 2012.