Waiting to help you

TIME is running out for enterprising Fenland businesses to take part in the Citizen’s Local Business Accelerators scheme.

The initiative was launched on October 19 and the closing date for entries - November 14 - is fast approaching.

You have to be in it to win it as up for grabs is the unprecedented chance of your business winning a campaign of free advertising in this newspaper in the New Year.

This is for up to three of the area’s most promising fledgling 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 business 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.

We have received an influx of entries in the first few weeks of the promotion and we are still waiting for your entry.

But don’t delay because time is running out.

We want to hear about how your business has progressed so far, your ideas for the future and how our top team of mentors could help you.

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 being spearheaded by the Newspaper Society and 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.

• Entry couldn’t be simpler. It is online only at: www.accelerateme.co.uk

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

But hurry because November 14 is the deadline.