The finalists of the Northants Telegraph Local Business Accelerators competition to find and accelerate the most promising young businesses have been announced.
The finalists are The Bath House, of Corby Old Village, Bright Sparks, of Kettering and Red Scar media and creative services of Kettering.
The businesses have won the LBA prize of free advertising in the Northants Telegraph and mentoring from local business people – Greg Hill from SRE Technologies, Rachel Mallows from The Mallows Company and Paul Adams from The Linden Group.
The winners also have the chance of progressing to the national stages of the competition. The overall LBA winner will receive mentoring from Dragons’ Den’s Deborah Meaden, the campaign’s national ambassador. She 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. The first LBA created hundreds of business success stories across the UK and I am confident that we will see hundreds more again this year. “
Five hundred local papers have taken part. Research found local newspaper advertising is highly valued by small business owners with 60 per cent agreeing advertising in the local paper is the best way to attract customers.