Big backing for LBA
THE search continues for the region’s best young businesses with the Selby Times launching this year’s Local Business Accelerator campaign and MP Nigel Adams throwing his full weight behind the scheme.
The scheme, also backed by the Prime Minister is one that offers firms aged between one and five years the chance to win a free advertising campaign in the Selby Times as well as mentoring support from regional business leaders.
The campaign, organised by the Newspaper Society, is being run in more than 500 newspapers across the UK and the value of the advertising prize is calculated to be £15m in total.
Last year’s winner of the LBA award was LRB Trophies, of 2 Old Market Lane, which received a series of business mentoring sessions with the area’s MP Nigel Adams.
The company sells and engraves trophies for the UK and overseas markets, and is rapidly growing as Internet interest and word of mouth spread a positive message on the flourishing firm.
It is a real family affair and success story, as company co-owner, Steve Butler, 33, runs the firm with his brother Andrew, 29, and aunt Janet Corbett. The firm has gone from strength to strength and continues to flourish following the award.
Steve, first to enter again this year, was presented with Selby Times sponsored Local Business Accelerator by Mr Adams and Selby Times content editor Chris Page and confirmed he continues to find the business mentoring sessions a useful tool.
Mr Adams said: “The LBA is a great initiative. I have had the pleasure of working with last year’s winner LRB Trophies and their business has come on in leaps and bounds, which is an excellent reccommendation for the accelerator programme.”
He added: “I recommend as many people as possible to to enter this year’s programme.”
In a letter from the Newspaper Society its president Adrian Jeakings said: “The inaugural Local Business Accelerators campaign was a resounding success and this year it is going to be even bigger and better. LBA demonstrated that local newspapers have a unique ability to deliver a real boost to local businesses, energising and invigorating local economies as they do so.”
LRB co-owner Steve (left with staff and the MP) praised advice given by Nigel Adams and added: “I have already placed my entry for this year’s LBA. Winning last year has helped me tremendously with Nigel Adams giving me sound advice and the business is now booming. I urge as many people as possible to enter.”
Selby Chamber secretary Steve Dunwell said: “This is a great competition that helps start up and fledgling businesses. It’s free to enter and there are great benefits in terms of mentoring sessions from experienced business people.”
David Cameron said: “The Local Business Accelerators campaign has provided tremendous support to fledgling businesses across the country and I am delighted that it will be running for a second year. I hope more young businesses put themselves forward over the coming weeks and get involved with this innovative scheme, which rewards entrepreneurship and creative thinking in business.”
To enter visit www.accelerateme.co.uk, the deadline is November 16.
Local Business Accelerators (LBA) is a nationwide shot in the arm for local businesses; a partnership between the local press and the most successful local businesses title.
Together we aim to find the most promising fledgling businesses, and help them accelerate their success with top professional support from local business mentors.
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