THERE’S just one week left to join the Solihull News’ Local Business Accelerators campaign.
The scheme, which is backed by the Prime Minister, offers firms aged between one and five years the chance to win a free advertising campaign in the Solihull News as well as mentoring support from business leaders in the region.
The campaign, organised by the Newspaper Society, is being replicated by more than 500 newspapers across the UK and the value of the advertising prize across all titles is calculated to be £15m.
Not only that but the CBI, ICAEW and Freeagent have come on board to bolster the overall winner’s prize package.
Now, the overall winner will receive free membership of the CBI for a year, free business advice from the ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales) valued at £2,000, and an iPad from Freeagent, which is also offering a year’s free access to its accountancy software to each of the national finalists, valued at £300 per finalist.
That’s in addition to the campaign’s main prize of mentoring from the campaign’s national ambassador Deborah Meaden, of Dragons’ Den, and a free ad campaign in the Solihull News. The Business Growth Fund has also contributed with a £10,000 cash sum for the overall winner.
According to research from Toluna and the NS, 60 per cent of small business owners agree that advertising in their local newspaper is the best way to attract customers in their area but only 22 per cent said they had actually used local newspapers to advertise their business.
Michael Fallon, Minister for Business and Enterprise, said: “The Government is proud to support the Local Business Accelerators initiative which highlights the important role that local papers can play in working with businesses in their area.”
For more information and to apply, visit www.newspapersoc.org.uk/accelerate-me.
You can also follow the campaign on Twitter @acceleratelocal.