Short listed firms revealed

FOUR Fenland businesses have made the short list in the Local Business Accelerators competition.

The Citizen can announce today that the businesses in with a chance of winning a campaign of free advertising in this newspaper along with mentoring help from some of Fenland’s top business brains are: DK Reptiles, of Union Street, Wisbech; Lillymays florist, of High Street; Wisbech; Krazy Dayz nursery, of Kirkgate Street, Walsoken; and 2910 Design House, of Welney Road, Lakes End.

The nationwide campaign, which was launched in October by regional and local newspapers across the country and backed by Prime Minister David Cameron and Dragon’s Den star Deborah Meaden, will see 1,500 firms receive £15m of free advertising nationally to help boost their businesses in 2012.

The Fenland judges of Jaqui Fairfax (Commercial Utility Brokers UK Ltd, of March), Keith Giltname (commercial relationship manager for Lloyds TSB), Clive Gibbon (Fenland District Council’s economic development manager), David Dixon (publishing director of Anglia Newspapers) and Sue Irving (Citizen deputy editor) faced a difficult choice from all the entries.

The standard was high with enthusiastic and hard-working local firms recognising the benefits of advertising and mentoring.

The judges want to thank those businesses which have not made the short list and wish them well in their future success.

The judges have spent time visiting the short listed firms to find out more about the businesses before up to three winners are selected.

As well as receiving top professional advice from our local business mentors, their prize also includes free advertising space in the Citizen to help bolster their business in a three-month campaign from next January to April.

In addition, one local business will be chosen to go through to the national final of the promotion, which is being spearheaded by the Newspaper Society.

The national winner, who will be picked from the hundreds of regional winners, will have the benefit of mentoring from Deborah Meaden throughout 2012 to drive their business forward.

The lucky Fenland winners will be announced in the Citizen on January 11.

Two of the finalists are featured this week and the remaining two businesses will be featured in next week’s Citizen..