Our three winning firms are revealed

Experts:  Roger Harvey, Barbara Harbinson and Steven Leigh will mentor our three winning firms
Experts: Roger Harvey, Barbara Harbinson and Steven Leigh will mentor our three winning firms

The three promising businesses to win the Local Business Accelerator competition have been revealed.

The Oven Door Shield Company, Lippylicious and Sushi Tuesday have been crowned Calderdale winners of the contest, which is being run by local and national newspapers across the country.

Backed by Prime Minister David Cameron and Dragon’s Den star Deborah Meaden, the competition will see 1,500 firms receive free advertising to help boost their businesses in 2012.

Not only will the winning Calderdale businesses get a substantial allocation of free advertising space in the Courier, they will also receive expert advice from experienced members of the Calderdale business community Roger Harvey, Steven Leigh and Barbara Harbinson.

Jamie O’Connor, of The Oven Door Shield Company Ltd, said: “It’s absolutely fantastic, it really is the icing on the cake.

“It’s fantastic to be recognised for all the hard efforts and the late nights I’ve spent sat up working when other people are asleep.”

Helen Moles, of Lippylicious, said: “The last 12 months have been extremely hard trying to make sure the business survived 2011.

“It was a fantastic boost to hear that Lippylicious won.

“My family have been incredibly supportive and I hope winning the Local Business Accelerator shows them their support was worth while. I look forward to meeting the mentors and working with the Courier to drive Lippylicious forward in 2012.”

Kate Wheadon, of Sushi Tuesday, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled. It’s going to be really helpful in our push to expand into Halifax.”

David Cameron extended his congratulations to the winning businesses.

The Prime Minister said: “Congratulations to all the winners of the Local Business Accelerators scheme. It’s brilliant that so many promising young companies, from such a wide range of sectors, are benefiting from this excellent initiative.

“Entrepreneurship, creativity and ambition are essential for our economic recovery and through Local Business Accelerators, newspapers such as the Halifax Courier are supporting some great new British businesses to grow, and helping to boost their local economy.

“I wish the newspapers, businesses and their mentors every success over the coming months.”

Later in the year, one business will go on to be crowned the overall Local Business Accelerators winner and receive mentoring from the campaign’s national ambassador Deborah Meaden, of TV’s Dragon’s Den.