A Solihull internet boutique selling special-occasion gifts, a Birmingham company making smoked humous, and a digital media business have all been chosen as winners of the Local Business Accelerators (LBA) 2012 competition.
The three winners were chosen by a panel of industry experts and senior figures from BPM Media and they will all now receive a series of mentoring sessions and thousands of pounds-worth of advertising in the Birmingham Mail and Solihull News.
The winning companies were Dorothy & Theodore, Moorish Smoked Humous, and Sixth Story.
Dorothy & Theodore is based in Solihull and was founded by Lapworth mum Sally Hall. The online store sells a range of artisan gifts and keepsakes sourced from local craftsmen.
Moorish Smoked Humous is based in Erdington and was founded in October 2011 by businesswoman Julie Waddell. Ms Waddell’s range of smoked chilled foods has already attracted interest from leading supermarket chain Waitrose.
Sixth Story is a Jewellery Quarter-based digital marketing services company founded in 2010 by Sian Lenegan.
The winners were chosen after making a presentation to a panel that included Birmingham Mail executive editor Stacey Barnfield, BPM Media advertising director Simon Howard, Aston Reinvestment Trust chief executive Dr Steve Walker, and Jenny Stokes from Bournville College.
The nationwide Newspaper Society initiative is backed by regional newspapers including the Birmingham Mail and Solihull News and is fronted by the Dragons’ Den’s Deborah Meaden and supported by the Business in You.
Last year’s campaign saw 1,500 firms receive £15 million of free advertising to help boost their businesses across the country.
Mr Howard said: “It was an absolute pleasure to meet so many entrepreneurial people from our area.
“We were presented to by applicants from all walks of life with a variety of business models all with a real passion to make a difference from themselves, the local economy and jobs. An uplifting experience.”
See the Birmingham Mail and the Solihull News in the coming weeks for more details on the winning companies.