WE HAVE joined a major campaign to inject £15 million into the private sector, helping emerging enterprises to grow our economy.
Now, we are appealing for fledgling companies to come forward and bid for our free support as part of Local Business Accelerators, a scheme devised by the Newspaper Society.
The initiative is backed by Prime Minister David Cameron, who praised the plans to offer young companies a chance to win three months of free advertising, plus mentoring from established entrepreneurs and industry specialists.
Mr Cameron 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.”
During the next month, we are asking for your nominations on which new businesses (between one and three years old) should be selected to benefit from Local Business Accelerators.
Not only will the winning firms receive free promotion and guidance, but they could also be mentored by Dragon’s Den star Deborah Meaden for one year.
Deborah said: “I’ve seen the unique contribution that local press makes to the success of local businesses time and again with my own ventures.
“In this age of enterprise it has never been more important to drive awareness about the value of local marketing for a fledgling business, which is why I’m so proud to support Local Business Accelerators and help build thriving and industrious communities.”
Mr Cameron added: “In towns and cities across the country, local and regional newspapers are helping to build stronger local communities and contributing to growth by supporting local businesses.
“They have a major role to play in championing growth.”
n For full details on how to nominate a new fledgling firm for Local Business Accelerators buy this week’s paper.