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'York Cocoa House' Accelerates to Win Local Press Industry's LBA Award.

The York Cocoa House has today been crowned the winner of the 2013 Local Business Accelerators scheme, battling against 2,000 local businesses nationwide to claim the esteemed title. The initiative, now in its second year, is fronted by national ambassador and Dragons' Den star Deborah Meaden and backed by Prime Minister David Cameron.  

Images from the Event


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Award Ceremony

Deborah Meaden - National Ambassador for LBA

Prime Minister David Cameron

Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP

  • 32.9 million people read a local newspaper every week, making it the most widely read print medium in Britain. (BMRB/TGI 2011)
  • 71% of adults read a local newspaper. (BMRB/TGI 2011)
  • Over 60% of people act on the ads in local newspapers. (Crowd DNA/Loving Local 2011)
  • Local press is the most effective media channel for generating word of mouth conversations. (IPA Touchpoints 3 2010)