Firms are urged to enter free advertising competition

Deborah Meaden
Deborah Meaden

There is just over one week 
remaining for firms to enter the Ripley & Heanor News’ Business Accelerators 

Applications for the scheme, where three lucky local firms will win comprehensive advertising packages in this newspaper, must be submitted by November 16.

The triumphant companies will also go forward into a national contest in which they could benefit from mentoring from Dragons’ Den star and multi-millionaire businesswoman Deborah Meaden.

And the latest prize to be added to entice managers to put forward their firm is a £10,000 cash sum for the overall winner, donated by the Business Growth Fund (BGF), an independent business established to help the UK’s fast growing smaller and medium sized businesses.

Ripley editor Julie Crouch said: “Time is running out now for people to get online a put forward their business for these fantastic prizes.

“We’re hoping that there will be many firms in 
Ripley & Heanor area that come forward and express an interest in getting involved in this – it really can help to 
accelerate the growth of your business in a unique way.

“The contribution by the BGF is an extra incentive for firms to get involved.

“It would be brilliant to have a firm that goes on from winning an advertising campaign in the News succeed in the national competiton.”

BGF’s chief executive Stephen Welton will once again sit on the judging panel for national winners.

He said: “Local Business Accelerators is an excellent initiative by the local press industry which recognises and rewards the most promising young businesses. It is a much needed boost to UK entrepreneurship.

The winner of the Ripley Local Business Accelerator 
title will receive a quarter page advert, which is sure to help land them new customers, that will run for 13 weeks and is worth £3,700-plus.

The second place firm will get adverts worth more than £2,700-plus and our third placed company will get adverts worth £2,000-plus.

To enter visit before the November 16 deadline. A shortlist will be announced by February 6, 2013. Firms must be between one and three years old.