Entry deadline is looming for our free advertising package

Mentors: from the left, Roger Harvey, Barbara Harbinson and Steven Leigh
Mentors: from the left, Roger Harvey, Barbara Harbinson and Steven Leigh

Time is running out for small firms to win a fantastic free advertising package with the Courier.

Entry for the scheme, which will boost Calderdale business by offering help to three of the area’s most dynamic fledgling enterprises, closes on Monday.

The new competition will see three small firms earn a fantastic free advertising package with the Courier and this will be backed up by a series of mentoring sessions with three of the district’s leading business figures .

The Courier has joined newspapers across the country in delivering an unprecedented £15m of free advertising across the nation to help firms progress.

The bold initiative, backed by Dragons’ Den judge Deborah Meaden, is called Local Business Accelerators. Nearly 500 local press publications, including the Courier, are joining forces to promote the strength and value of local newspapers for local businesses and communities.

The Courier is searching for Calderdale’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.

What’s more, one lucky business picked from the hundreds of regional winners across the country 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.

Deborah Meaden said: “Local Business Accelerators is the perfect opportunity to drive your business to success. With little time before entries close I’m calling on businesses to get involved.

“I’ve got a simple message for businesses – don’t miss this great opportunity! Free advertising in and invaluable mentoring advice to kick start your business is not to be thrown away.

“So if you’re a business that’s between one and three years old, with a great idea that wants to succeed, enter to be in with a chance of building a better future for both your business and the local 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. Entries close November 14, 2011.

We have recruited three prominent and experienced members of the local business community Roger Harvey, Steven Leigh and Barbara Harbinson.

They’ll also be looking out for that one overall star business to put forward to be in with a chance to gain Deborah Meaden as a mentor during 2012.