JUST one week remains for fledgling businesses in the Banbury Guardian area to enter a fantastic competition backed by Dragon’s Den star Deborah Meaden and supported by Banbury-based chartered account Ellacotts.
The Local Business Accelerators competition – now in its second year – is open to businesses aged between one and five years and offers a fantastic selection of prizes at both local and national level.
The winning entry in the Banbury Guardian will receive £1,500 of free accountancy advice from Ellacotts, a free advertising campaign in Banbury Guardian and mentoring support from Banbury & District Chamber of Commerce chairman Claire Kingsbury and Hamptons International regional sales director Chris Scott.
The winning businesses will also go forward to the national stage of the competition to secure the chance to win a year’s mentoring from the campaign’s ambassador Deborah Meaden, an advertising campaign devised by a top London creative ad agency and a £10,000 cash prize from the Business Growth Fund.
Banbury Guardian editor Jason Gibbins said: “We have already had a number of excellent entries from businesses in the Banbury area, but there is still time to put forward your business for this fantastic prize. I am delighted with the support from Ellacotts and our two Banbury mentors, so the winning business can look forward to excellent support for its growth plans.”
The Banbury Guardian is among more than 500 newspapers across the UK taking part in the LBA scheme.
l Businesses aged between one and five years can enter via www.accelerateme.co.uk before November 16.