CHAD is joining hundreds of other newspapers across the country to deliver a £15m shot in the arm for dynamic local businesses.
Almost 500 publications are offering free advertising to some of the UKs most promising companies in a project being spearheaded by the voice of local media, the Newspaper Society.
The initiative, called Local Business Accelerators, is being backed by Dragons’ Den judge Deborah Meaden and aims to promote the strength and value of local newspapers for businesses and communities in the area they cover.
We want to hear from any businesses in Mansfield and Ashfield which fit the bill and want to benefit from the huge advantages offered by free advertising space and business advice.
Three local firms will be selected to receive the business boost.
Deborah said: “I’ve seen the unique contribution that local press makes to the success of local businesses time and again with my own ventures.
“In this age of enterprise it has never been more important to drive awareness about the value of local marketing for a fledgling business, which is why I’m so proud to support Local Business Accelerators and help build thriving and industrious communities.”
The project will see the local press industry search for the country’s most promising young businesses and help them accelerate their success with advice from top mentors and free advertising space.
The mentors in the Chad area will be former Mansfield Building Society chief executive David Fisher and George Cowcher, chief executive of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce.
One business will also be picked from hundreds of regional winners to receive individual mentoring from Deborah.
Geraldine Allinson, president of the Newspaper Society, said: “The UK needs to grow local businesses like never before, and local businesses need local press.
“No other medium has the power, local knowledge and influence to activate a scheme like Local Business Accelerators.
“It’s where local newspapers have always made a real difference: by helping to build strong local businesses and encourage thriving communities.”
Chad’s Business Accelerators search is open to all companies that are between one and three years old and full of potential.
They may have a good idea or product or found a new market.
Visit www.accelerateme.co.uk for more information and to enter. The closing date is 14th November.