Firms target free advert packages

sp89341  Philip Ward outside Tideswell School of Food Philip is Director of the school
sp89341 Philip Ward outside Tideswell School of Food Philip is Director of the school

THE DERBYSHIRE Times’ Local Business Accelerators competition has been inundated with entries from ambitious young firms bidding to get their hands on a share of £34,000 worth of free advertising packages.

Fledgling companies from manufacturing, retail, catering, IT and other fields have recognised the importance of newspaper advertising and by entering our competition winners will also receive mentoring from top advisors.

But time is running out for others to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity which has received backing from PM David Cameron and business expert Deborah Meaden from the hit BBC TV show Dragon’s Den.

Competition judges and mentors including Derbyshire chamber of commerce chief executive George Cowcher and Clowne Enterprise Centre’s Paul Davies are urging others not to miss out before the competition’s deadline of November 14.

Mr Cowcher said: “I know how vitally important new businesses are to the future of the economy so I’m pleased to support Local Business Accelerators and I urge companies to enter this competition.”

Companies who have entered so far include Remote Keys and More, GB Pest Control and Services, Lidsters of Worksop, Vintagerosecatering, Reduce Reuse WEEECycle, Original Huggyhoundz, Tideswell School of Food and FrancisCo4.

The Derbyshire Times’ competition has been set up as part of the National Newspaper Society’s nationwide LBA scheme with other publications holding similar competitions.

DT’s LBA is open to businesses in our region 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.

Our winner will receive 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 and all three will receive business mentoring.

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 on January 11, 2012. The advertising prizes 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.

PICTURE ATTACHED: Director Philip Ward, of Tideswell School of Food, which is bidding to be a Derbyshire Times’ Local Business Accelerator champion.

ALSO ATTACHED: LBA logo, & for head and shoulders shots if needed - DNCC’s George Cowcher, Deborah Meaden.