FLEDGLING businesses are being asked to come forward and sign up for the Free Press’ Local Business Accelerator campaign.
The search is on for the region’s most promising young firms to take part in the scheme which has been backed by the Prime Minister David Cameron.
The campaign offers firms aged between one and ﬁve years the chance to win a free advertising campaign in the Doncaster Free Press 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 £15 million in total.
Local Business Accelerators national ambassador Deborah Meaden, the entrepreneur and investor who appears on TV’s Dragons’ Den, will provide a year’s mentoring to the overall national winner, chosen from the regional finalists.
It will also receive alocal advertising campaign devised by a top london creative agency.
In the inaugural Local Business Accelerators competition last year, Red Tomato of Thorne Road, got a piz-za the action when it was crowned the local champion of our growth-boosting competition.
Speaking at the time Red Tomato pizza take-away owner Parviz Hayati said the win had made his day before paying a special tribute to sons Darius and Comron.
David Cameron has urged more young businesses to get involved for its second successive year.
He 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 months and get involved with this innovative scheme, which rewards entrepreneurship and creative thinking in business.”
To enter the competition, visit www.accelerateme.co.uk. The deadline is November 16.