THREE fledgling local firms have been given the best possible start to 2012 by reaching the final round of our Business Accelerator campaign.
Green2Go garden recycling, A Country Kitchen meals on wheels service and BB Dyson Specialist were chosen as the top three after a shortlist of six firms were visited by our judges.
They will all now receive three months’ free advertising with the Spalding Guardian as well as expert mentoring over the same period.
“This has made my year already, and it’s only January,” a delighted Alan Jesson, of Spalding-based Green2Go, told the Guardian.
“I am absolutely delighted and this is now going to be a big year for my business.”
Kelly Newman, of A Country Kitchen, said: “It just gives us a fantastic chance to broaden our advertising and the service we can offer the elderly just as the colder months are approaching.”
And Bob Bulbrook, of BB Dyson Specialist, added: “We already had plans for 2012 but this just puts them up a couple of notches.
“It is a huge boost for a small but important local business.”
The nationwide Business Accelerator campaign, launched in October by local newspapers across the country and backed by Prime Minister David Cameron and Dragon’s Den star Deborah Meaden, will see 1,500 firms receive £15m of free advertising.
Our judges, from the Guardian, Roythornes solicitors, NatWest bank and Duncan and Toplis chartered accountants, reported that entries in South Lincolnshire were of an extremely high standard, with enthusiastic local firms recognising the benefits that local advertising can bring.
At the end of the mentoring process, Deborah Meaden will also become a mentor to one overall business, picked from the hundreds of regional winners.
The other local businesses that made the shortlist were: Drive By Websites, BL Caravan Services and NTP Services haulage industry training.