David Cameron supports Local Business Accelerators

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PRIME Minister David Cameron has thrown his weight behind the regional newspaper initiative to help fledgling businesses get a real head start.

The Local Business Accelerators scheme, supported by the Southern Daily Echo, now in its second year, offers new companies the chance to profit from experience and practical advice, as well as winning valuable free local newspaper advertising and even free wi-fi from BT.

“The campaign has provided tremendous support to fledgling businesses across the country and I am delighted that it will be running for a second year,” said Mr Cameron.

“Local newspapers play a vital role in their communities and are uniquely placed to support small businesses, giving them the boost that they need to grow, which is good for local areas and good for the economy as a whole.

“I hope more young businesses put themselves forward over the coming months and get involved with this innovative scheme, which rewards entrepreneurship and creative thinking in business.”

BT announced this week that it will offer free business broadband and wi-fi access for a year, including wireless router and free installation, and the design and management of a website, with e-commerce if required, to the overall winner of the campaign.

The overall prize package now includes:

  • Mentoring from the campaign’s ambassador Deborah Meaden of Dragons’ Den.
  • A free advertising campaign in their local paper designed by a top London agency.
  • £10,000 cash from the Business Growth Fund.
  •  One year’s free membership of the CBI.
  • Free business advice from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales valued at £2,000.
  •  An iPad from Freeagent which is also offering a year’s free access to its accountancy software to each of the national finalists, valued at £300 per finalist.
  •  Free business broadband and wi-fi access for a year from BT for the overall winner, including wireless router and free installation, and the design and management of a website with e-commerce if required.

Even for local winners the prizes are fantastic.

The three businesses chosen by our team of judges at the Daily Echo will receive mentoring from a business expert and a free multi-mdeia advertising campaign in the Daily Echo and on line.

Local winners are then considered for the national finals.

The Business in You campaign is supporting LBA based on a shared goal of helping small businesses find the help they need.

The campaign brings together the best advice from government and private partners on everything from finding finance to exporting and employment. Like LBA, the cam-paign also showcases small businesses which have found success despite challenging times as a way to help inspire other entrepreneurs.

HOW TO ENTER

Businesses aged between one and five years can enter the LBA by simply visiting accelerateme.co.uk before the closing date of this Friday.

 

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12:10pm Mon 12 Nov 12

Lone Ranger. says...

As it appears that The Local Business Accelerators has been running for over a year perhaps the Echo could print the list of success stories.
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It would be very interesting to see the type of business and its market success
As it appears that The Local Business Accelerators has been running for over a year perhaps the Echo could print the list of success stories. . It would be very interesting to see the type of business and its market success Lone Ranger.

1:11pm Mon 12 Nov 12

cliffwalker says...

It would be great to hear about the three businesses who have were chosen and how they are getting on.
It would be great to hear about the three businesses who have were chosen and how they are getting on. cliffwalker

1:12pm Mon 12 Nov 12

cliffwalker says...

It would be great to hear about the three businesses who were chosen and how they are getting on.
It would be great to hear about the three businesses who were chosen and how they are getting on. cliffwalker

8:42pm Mon 12 Nov 12

cantthinkofone says...

cliffwalker wrote:
It would be great to hear about the three businesses who were chosen and how they are getting on.
Yep. That would be good to read. What's more, success stories could be an inspiration to others. If some haven't done so well then they could pass on the lessons they've learned, what they would do differently next time.

Could be a nice feature for a young Echo journalist looking to put something distinctive in their portfolio.
[quote][p][bold]cliffwalker[/bold] wrote: It would be great to hear about the three businesses who were chosen and how they are getting on.[/p][/quote]Yep. That would be good to read. What's more, success stories could be an inspiration to others. If some haven't done so well then they could pass on the lessons they've learned, what they would do differently next time. Could be a nice feature for a young Echo journalist looking to put something distinctive in their portfolio. cantthinkofone

12:07am Tue 13 Nov 12

Pikey Pete says...

What a load of Twaddle..First Off.

The business who wins all this. Would be so successful anyway to win it. It wont need any of the prizes. Except the cash.

Second. Help businesses. Help people get started. Entering a comp to see if you can survive id no way forward.

Banks need to lend. But everytime they bailed out to do it. They keep the money and pay bonuses and balance commercial sheets.

Its like giving and alcoholic Drinks vouchers. Tell him never to spend them on drink and go off and have a good life.

Yeah he will...Spending the drinks vouchers on drink. DAHHHH???

HOW THICK ARE GOVERNMENTS?

Now Greece are going to cut 100 off the weekly pay packet of police and nurses. And other workers...Thats really going to help.!!!!

We need spending not cuts. Jobs not redundancies...Cant anyone else see this?

Banks that lend not just accepting loans as handouts....

Come on please. A competition...No we need help not this.
What a load of Twaddle..First Off. The business who wins all this. Would be so successful anyway to win it. It wont need any of the prizes. Except the cash. Second. Help businesses. Help people get started. Entering a comp to see if you can survive id no way forward. Banks need to lend. But everytime they bailed out to do it. They keep the money and pay bonuses and balance commercial sheets. Its like giving and alcoholic Drinks vouchers. Tell him never to spend them on drink and go off and have a good life. Yeah he will...Spending the drinks vouchers on drink. DAHHHH??? HOW THICK ARE GOVERNMENTS? Now Greece are going to cut 100 off the weekly pay packet of police and nurses. And other workers...Thats really going to help.!!!! We need spending not cuts. Jobs not redundancies...Cant anyone else see this? Banks that lend not just accepting loans as handouts.... Come on please. A competition...No we need help not this. Pikey Pete

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