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Deborah Meadon is backing the local business accelerators campaign
Deborah Meadon is backing the local business accelerators campaign
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The Eastwood & Kimberley Advertiser is offering a free advertising package worth hundreds of pounds to the town’s three most dynamic fledgling businesses after signing up to the Business Accelerators campaign.

The package of free advertising is part of a £15m national campaign by the newspaper industry.

The initiative, backed by Dragons’ Den judge Deborah Meaden, is called Local Business Accelerators and is being spearheaded by the voice of local media, the Newspaper Society.

Nearly 500 local press publications, including the Advertiser, are joining forces to promote the strength and value of local newspapers for local businesses and communities.

Together, the local press industry will search for the nation’s most promising young businesses and help them accelerate their success with free advertising space in their local publication.

What’s more, one lucky business picked from the hundreds of regional winners will get individual mentoring sessions from the LBA national ambassador Deborah Meaden, who will become a consultant and mentor to the business for one year.

Since the launch, the Business Growth Fund (BGF) has come forward to add a £10,000 cash sum to the prize package for the country’s overall winner picked from the local winners.

It is open to all businesses that are active in the local community, between one- and three-years-old and full of potential.

They may have a great idea or product, or even have found a new market.

They’re the kind of businesses that will create new jobs and individually they will create pride in the community.