Free business advice, membership to a leading business body and an iPad are the latest prizes up for grabs to Lancashire businesses.
The Local Business Accelerators competition, run by the Lancashire Evening Post, is offering businesses the chance to land a package worth more than £15,000.
It is part of a package which will see two local companies win a free advertising campaign with the Evening Post and mentoring package and the chance to go forward to the national competition.
The national winner stands to win mentoring from Dragon’s Den star Deborah Meaden, the competition’s national ambassador and £10,000 supplied by the Business Growth Fund, set up by the Britain’s biggest banks.
Now, the national package has been boosted by CBI which is offering a 12-month membership and Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales which is offering free business advice, valued at £2,000.
Online accounting firm Freeagent has also added an iPad and a year’s free access to its accountancy software, valued at £300.
The deadline for entries to the competition is Friday, November 16, with more than 900 companies have entered the national competition, run by 500 local newspapers across the country.
Two local winners will be selected by a panel of judges including the president of the North West Chambers of Commerce, Mick Mayor, Kevin Moseley, the founder of Burscough-based Swimfin, restaurateur Andrea Mellon, and business doctor, Paul Heyworth.
They will then provide mentoring for the winners which will also receive a free advertising campaign in the Lancashire Evening Post, and one winner will be picked to go forward to the national competition.
To enter Local Business Accelerators, visit the official competition website here.