Local Business Accelerators: The People's Choice


Local Business Accelerators: The People's Choice

LBA is the local newspaper industry's campaign to boost small businesses across the UK led by national ambassador Deborah Meaden, of the Dragon's DenThe overall LBA winner, as decided by a judging panel headed by Deborah, will be announced at the LBA Grand Final on 15 October along with the winner of The People's Choice 

LBA is a national initiative run by the Newspaper Society and local press industry sponsored by the Government and private sector’s Great Business campaign. It is backed by high profile figures and organisations including Prime Minister David Cameron, Business and Enterprise Minister Michael Fallon, First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones, Scottish Government First Minister Alex Salmond, Business Growth Fund, Freeagent, CBI, ICAEW, and BT.


Abbotts Chocolates
Annandale Observer (Scotland)

Whey Forward Health Industries
Cambridge News (East Anglia)

Daily Post (Wales)

Bright Red Publishing
Edinburgh Evening News (Scotland)

Eat Balanced
Glasgow Evening Times (Scotland)

Harborough Mail (East Midlands)

Annie Barr Associates
Hexham Courant (North East)

Bertie's Wood Fuels Limited
Kent Messenger (South East)

Safe Play Centre
Lancashire Evening Post (North West)

Mr Singh's Sauces
Newham Recorder (Greater London)

Go Green Systems
Shropshire Star (West Midlands)

Kinder Cafe South
Wales Evening Post (Wales)

York Cocoa House
The Press (Yorkshire And The Humber)

Smarta Technology
Western Mail (Wales)

From You to Me Limited
Wilshire Times (South West)

  • 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)