Business campaign landmark

A LANDMARK 1,000 entries have been received for a business campaign which is backed by the Hartlepool Mail.

And in another boost for the Local Business Accelerators project, Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has welcomed the contest which aims to find businesses between one and three years old that are active in the local community.

They may have a great idea or product or found a new market.

The campaign has been launched by the Newspaper Society and is being backed by around 500 newspapers including the Hartlepool Mail.

With the competition gathering pace, Mr Hunt said: “This is a fantastic initiative by the Newspaper Society, which will make a real difference to new companies up and down the country.

“It will help hundreds of small businesses establish themselves, helping to grow our economy and create jobs. This really shows the incredibly valuable role that local newspapers play in their local communities.”

The Culture Secretary’s backing for Local Business Accelerators comes as the milestone of 1,000 applications from young UK businesses was reached with 18 days still to go until the deadline.

Hundreds of entries have been flooding in to local and regional newspapers across the UK each day since the campaign’s launch last week.

We are now searching for the best in business in Hartlepool.

Senior figures from the local business community, Alby Pattison, MD of Hart Biologicals Ltd, Pam Hargreaves, a Hartlepool Borough councillor and director of town company XIVII, and John Megson, Hartlepool Business Forun co-ordinator, alongside Hartlepool Mail editor Joy Yates, will form the judging panel and will review and shortlist entries before awarding three lucky local businesses with the prize of free advertising and business advice.

They’ll also be looking for that one overall star business to put forward to be in with a chance to gain Deborah Meaden as a mentor during 2012.

For more details on how you could win invaluable business support and advertising space in the Mail, visit

Entries close on Monday, November 14.