FLEDGLING businesses have until Monday to enter The Gazette’s Local Business Accelerators scheme.
The scheme is offering entrants the chance to win free advertising and expert mentoring by top Fylde coast business brains.
The Newspaper Society-backed scheme has already attracted more than 1,000 entrants nationwide and the overall winner will be given mentoring and advice by Dragon’s Den star and successful entrepreneur Deborah Meaden.
More than £15m of free advertising is up for grabs in the competition.
Together, the local press industry will search for the nation’s most promising young businesses and help them accelerate their success with top professional advice from business mentors, plus a substantial allocation of free advertising space.
The Gazette’s Local Business Accelerators search is open to all firms that are active in the local community, between one and three years old and full of potential. They may have a great idea or product, but need to demonstrate what sets them apart from the rest.
Mentoring for the Gazette are Merlin boss Iain Hawkins, Blackpool Business Leadership group boss Howard Lewis, and Hugh Evans of the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Trade.
Dragon Deborah Meaden called on Fylde coast businesses to get involved and said: “Free advertising in The Gazette and invaluable mentoring advice to kick start your business is not to be thrown away.”
The scheme has also been backed by Prime Minister David Cameron.
To see more on the competition, and details on how to enter, visit www.accelerateme.co.uk.
The competition is free to enter and the form can be completed quickly.
Those taking part will feature in The Gazette in the next few weeks.