Local Business Accelerators application

Please note that entries have now closed.

Welcome to the Local Business Accelerators application page. We'll need you to fill in a few details and then tell us a bit about your business. Thank you and good luck!

In addition to the main prize of a year's mentoring from Deborah Meaden and a free ad campaign in their local paper, this year's LBA overall winner will take home:

  • £10,000 cash sum from the Business Growth Fund
  • One year's free membership of the CBI
  • Free business advice from the ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales) valued at £2,000
  • An iPad from Freeagent
  • Free business broadband and wifi access for a year and the design and management of a website from BT

Freeagent is also offering a year’s free access to its accountancy software to each of the national finalists, valued at £300 per finalist.

Please note that you may only make one application to one local newspaper to be part of LBA.

Don't forget to follow us on Twitter for the latest news and updates on LBA @acceleratelocal.

If you have any difficulty filling in this form or if you cannot find your local title on the dropdown menu, please get in touch via lba@newspapersoc.org.uk.

Please select the title where you saw the LBA advertisement. Your business must be based in this newspaper's circulation area.

Your business must be between one and five years old to enter LBA.

What was turnover for the financial year ending in April 2012?

Please help us understand a bit more about your business by completing the following short questionnaire.

If so, please select one or more of the below.

Choose one of the following:

I agree to my details being shared with third parties and to participate in any publicity activities related to the LBA campaign.

  • 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)