TV star urges firms to cash in

Local Business Accelerator ambassador Deborah Meaden from BBC TV's Dragon's Den.
Local Business Accelerator ambassador Deborah Meaden from BBC TV's Dragon's Den.
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TOP BUSINESSWOMAN and TV celebrity Deborah Meaden is urging firms to grab a last chance to cash in on thousands of pounds of free advertising and mentoring advice by taking part in the Derbyshire Times’ and Eckington Leader’s newspaper competitions.

Fledgling companies from manufacturing, retail, catering, IT and other fields from the DT readership area and the Eckington Leader patch have recognised the importance of newspaper advertising by entering our sister newspapers’ Local Business Accelerator competitions.

Deborah Meaden, star of BBC TV’s Dragon’s Den, said: “Local Business Accelerators is the perfect opportunity to drive your business to success. I’m calling on businesses in the Derbyshire Times and Eckington Leader areas to get involved.

“I’ve got a simple message for businesses in Derbyshire and Eckington – don’t miss this great opportunity! Free advertising in the Derbyshire Times and Eckington Leader and invaluable mentoring advice to kick start your business is not to be thrown away.

“So if you’re a business that’s between one and three years old, with a great idea that wants to succeed, enter to be in with a chance of building a better future for both your business and the local community.”

The DT winner will get an advertising package worth £18,104, the second placed runner-up will get one worth £8,959 and the third place will get one worth £6,779 and all three will get business mentoring.

The Eckington Leader winner will get an advertising package worth £9,168, the second placed runner-up will get one worth £4,686 and the third placed runner-up will get one worth £3,689 and all three will receive business mentoring.

Companies based in the readership area of the Derbyshire Times can enter its competition and those in the readership area of the Eckington Leader can enter its competition.

The Newspaper Society-backed LBA competitions are open to businesses in different newspaper readership areas between one and three years-old with potential, a great idea, product or plans to venture into a new market and a desire to create jobs.

Those who fit the criteria can enter by visiting www,accelerateme.co.uk for information about the scheme.

Entries will be considered until a November 14 deadline. A shortlist will be announced on December 7 and the winners will be announced by January 11, 2012. The advertising and mentoring will run from January to April 2012.

Outstanding first-placed regional winners will qualify for the national LBA contest with a chance of getting Deborah Meaden as a mentor during 2012.