We (the Homeworking & Small Business Alliance) recently entered the Local Business Accelerator competition – and were really pleased to be nominated as one of three local winners in the Market Harborough area.
The award means that the HSBA will receive three months worth of free advertising in the local newspaper, the Harborough & Lutterworth Mail (circulation 40,000) as well as mentoring from a panel of local business leaders.
It has been a month since we started and we’ve been busy!
The advertising was a learning curve as we started with an idea which has gradually been honed thanks to the input of Alastair Campbell (The Ideal Marketing Company) and Brian Dodds (the Harborough Mail).
We are pleased with the outcome and have been seeing real results as a result of the ads, with people contacting us and booking to attend HSBA networking events. We now have two more months left so hope that the final versions will have give the groups a real boost.
We also met up with James Briggs, Chairman of the Harboro Rubber Co, one of the most established businesses in the area, to go over our business plan. We had some very positive feedback and are looking forward to making the business plan into a reality.
We have yet to meet up with our final mentor, Matin Hill of solicitors Bray & Bray who will be giving us advice on legal matters.
At the end of the three months the mentors will be voting for one of the three regional winners to be put forward to the national level – we’ll be working hard to ensure that the HSBA is a serious contendor for this next stage, it has been a very positive experience so far.