Proud to be part of it

A CAMPAIGN to find the best in British business has been hailed as “an exciting initiative” .

John Fry, chief executive of Johnston Press which owns the Hartlepool Mail, has praised the recently-launched Local Business Accelerators (LBA) project.

LBA is open to all businesses active in the local community, between one and three years old and full of potential.

Mr Fry said: “The campaign is an exciting initiative that very much fits the time. It is designed to help existing businesses grow and develop which must be a good thing to do at the bottom of the biggest recession in our lives.

“As publishers we are putting something back into the communities we serve. All of us taking part are committing free advertising space to help develop recently-created local businesses so that they can, in turn, help boost their local economies.

“David Cameron has thrown his support behind the campaign because he knows the public sector can’t recruit millions of new people, but the private sector can.

“Johnston Press is proud to be taking part. This campaign achieves multiple objectives. It helps local businesses and the economy, it creates huge goodwill and it demonstrates the effectiveness of our medium. Everyone will benefit.”

Newspapers including the Mail are pledging an unprecedented £15m of free advertising to the most dynamic fledgling enterprises.

If you run such a business, or know anyone who does, and want the chance to receive business support and advertising space in the Mail, visit for more information on the scheme and how to enter.

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