Local Business Accelerators are back!

The Local Business Accelerators mentors from last year - Roger Harvey, Barbara Harbison and Stephen Leigh, at The Elsie Whiteley Centre
The Local Business Accelerators mentors from last year - Roger Harvey, Barbara Harbison and Stephen Leigh, at The Elsie Whiteley Centre

The Courier this week launches a scheme to boost the district economy by offering support to three of the area’s most promising businesses.

Local Business Accelerators will see small firms earn a fantastic free advertising package with the Courier and support from leading business figures including Dragons’ Den judge Deborah Meaden - plus a £10,000 cash prize

The bold initiative, now in its second year, will see local press publications, including the Courier, join forces to promote the strength and value of local newspapers for local businesses and communities.

We’re looking for Halifax’s most promising young businesses and will help them accelerate their success with top professional advice from local business mentors, plus a substantial allocation of free advertising space.

It’s 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 have even found anew market.

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

If you run such a business, or know anyone who does, and want the chance to receive invaluable business support and advertising space in the Courier visit www.accelerateme.co.uk for more information on the scheme and how to enter.

The closing date is Friday, November 16.

Last years three Courier winners were Mytholmroyd based food retailer Sushi Tuesday, Helen Moles’ shop Lippylicious in Elland, and Jaime O’Connor of Halifax, who founded of the Oven Door Shield.

Courier editor John Kenealy said the scheme was a huge success.

“Last year’s winning businesses reaped the benefit of a free advertising campaign and also some help from three of the district’s key players in economic terms.

“It proved a great opportunity for fledgling businesses to showcase their ambition and we want to find more,” he said.

LBA national ambassador and Dragon’s Den star Deborah Meaden said: “With last year’s LBA having demonstrated the unique power of local and regional press to provide a meaningful boost to promising young businesses,

“I am delighted to be supporting the initiative once again,” she said.