THREE fledgling Burnley businesses are to get a helping hand from the Burnley Express and leading local businessman Andrew Brown.
The trio, Sweet William Florists; The Van Discount Company and Burnley Enterprise of Sport and Training, are today named as the winners of the Express’s Local Business Accelerators competition which was designed to identify and support Burnley firms.
The businesses will receive a free programme of advertising in the Burnley Express and be able to call on the business expertise of award-winning Crow Wood Leisure Centre managing director Andrew Brown.
Sweet William Florists has been open for just over a year and is located in Burnley Market Hall.
The Van Discount Company has its base at the Lancashire Digital Technology Centre.
It was formed in February 2010 and has already achieved a turnover of £3.5m. The firm has already won orders with Ryanair and BA subsidiary Logan Air.
Burnley Enterprise of Sport and Training (BEST) is a newly-established social enterprise aimed at inspiring the local community to get involved in sport. Their premises are on the Network 65 Business Park.
They are aiming to establish a fully-equipped gymnastics centre and an indoor bowls facility targeting the over 50s.
Judges Andrew Brown and Burnley Express editor Chris Daggett praised the quality and diversity of enterprise that is being shown in Burnley.
“As the economy tightens it is ever more important that areas such as Burnley support the many local businesses that have been set up local entrepreneurs.
“Burnley has a great record of private business success and our three winners deserve the full support of the Express and the local marketplace,” said Mr Daggett.
“Burnley has a lot of major initiatives in the pipeline, but it is equally vital that the local business sector maintains a strong presence in the community,” he added.
“We would like to congratulate our three winners and say how heartened we were by the range of young businesses that are operating in our area.”
The three Burnley winners will now go forward to a nationwide competition where they will compete against winners from other newspapers. The overall winner will receive mentoring from Dragon’s Den stalwart Deborah Meaden.