Business Accelerators: It’s down to awards top 10

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THE Eastbourne Herald is today revealing its top ten shortlist for the Local Business Accelerators competition.

The nationwide campaign was launched in October by regional and local newspapers across the country.

It was backed by Prime Minister David Cameron and Dragons’ Den star Deborah Meaden, which will see 1,500 firms nationally receive £15m of free advertising to help boost their businesses in 2012.

Dozens of entries were received for East Sussex from a variety of fledgling businesses.

They were allof an extremely high standard as enthusiastic local firms recognised the benefits which local advertising can bring.

Those entries have now been whittled down to a top ten for the Eastbourne area and which will now be scrutinised by a panel of judges.

Those judges will include Ian Ashley-Smith from Heringtons, Sue Mulvey, executive director of BMI Healthcare, and Malcolm Toghill, of Advanta Chartered Accountants.

They will be joined in the judging process by Keith Ridley, editor-in-chief of Sussex Newspapers, as all four will now look to find three winners for Eastbourne.

As well as receiving top professional advice from our local business mentors, their prize also includes a substantial allocation of free advertising space in the pages of Eastbourne Herald.

In addition, Dragons’ Den star, Deborah Meaden will also become a mentor to one overall business, picked from the hundreds of regional winners, providing invaluable business support throughout 2012 to drive their business forward.

The three lucky winners will be reported in the pages of Eastbourne Herald on January 13.

Here is the Eastbourne short list:

l The Audit People Ltd.

l Twisted Events Presents.

l Tennis Eastbourne Ltd.

l Owl and the Sewing Cat.

l McRudden Training..

l Pure Paper.

l Fripperies4u

l Easy Live Auctions Ltd

l Rebicycled

l Lush Lawns.