Finalists revealed in business search

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The finalists of the Daventry Express’s Local Business Accelerators competition to find and accelerate the most promising young businesses have been announced.

The winning entries are the On Your Marks Events Ltd, based in Bricketts Lane, Flore, The Grange Convenience Store in The Wye, Daventry, and Evergreen Art Cafe in Sheaf Street, Daventry.

The businesses have won the LBA prize of free advertising in the Gusher and mentoring from Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce, as well as the chance of progressing to the national stages of the competition which will see the overall LBA winner receive mentoring support from the Dragons’ Den’s Deborah Meaden, the campaign’s national ambassador.

The winners will all receive expert advice from the teams at the Chamber of Commerce including advice on finance and marketing their businesses.

In addition to this, all the shortlisted entries will also receive a year’s free membership to the Chamber of Commerce to fully utilise the networking opportunities during the next 12 months.

Daventry Express editor, David Summers, said: “I would like to congratulate the winners of this year’s Local Business Accelerators who should all feel extremely proud to have got this far in the competition.

“The Daventry Express is proud to be involved in the Local Business Accelerator scheme run by the Newspaper Society, it is a great way to give local businesses a helping hand.”

“I would also like to thank Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce for their continued support to this campaign and for the generous offer of support to the businesses.”

Five hundred local newspapers have taken part in the campaign to provide a boost to promising young businesses. Research found that local newspaper advertising is highly valued by small business owners with 60 per cent agreeing that advertising in the local paper is the best way to attract customers.