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PEOPLE working in beauty, education, photography, floristry, retail and an innovative recycling project are just some of the enterprising businesses to come forward for the Citizen’s Local Business Accelerators scheme.

Entries are coming in thick and fast for the initiative, which will give away free advertising in this newspaper for up to three of the area’s most promising fledgling businesses.

Local Business Accelerators is being spearheaded by the Newspaper Society with an aim of showing how important advertising locally is to businesses.

We are looking for businesses which are between one and three years-old who would benefit from an advertising boost in the Citizen and help from our top mentoring team.

It doesn’t matter what your line of business or product, we want to hear from you.

The campaign isn’t just about free advertising.

Running hand-in-hand with the promotion is the opportunity for the successful businesses to benefit from a series of mentoring sessions with Jaqui Fairfax, of March-based Commercial Utility Brokers (UK) Ltd, Keith Giltname, commercial relationship manager for Lloyds TSB and Clive Gibbon, Fenland District Council’s economic development officer.

All three have a wealth of knowledge and expertise covering a wide range of industries.

Their help could take your business to the next level.

Many of the entries have explained how difficult it is to be successful in these current economic times.

There are heart-warming stories of success as Fenland entrepreneurs are determined to get there in the end.

Businesses have ideas, are taking on staff and want to make an impact in the community.

You have told us how the mentoring and advertising packages up for grabs could be the boost which could make a difference and open new doors to attracting more customers.

Many entries are keen to spread their net wider and feel the advertising campaign and advice from Jaqui, Clive and Keith could help them to achieve some of their goals.

Fenland businesses are proud of their achievements and many have got where they are today through their own hard work and dedication.

After the closing date the judges and mentors will spend the next few weeks going through the entries to find a short list.

Those short listed will be announced in early December with the winners being announced early in the New Year.

The advertising campaign and mentoring for up to three lucky winners will run from next January to April.

As this is part of a national campaign, one of the successful Fenland businesses will also be chosen to go forward nationally. The national winner will be in with a chance of gaining mentoring from the Local Business Accelerators’ national ambassador, Dragons’ Den judge Deborah Meaden.

The campaign is aimed at reinforcing the message that the local press is still one of the most effective media channels for generating and promoting your business.

Entries close November 14 and are online only at: www.accelerateme.co.uk

You can also enter through the Citizen’s website: www.fenlandcitizen.co.uk/accelerateme