Lucky seven beat opposition to reach final of local business contest

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SEVEN Borders businesses were today shortlisted for the Southern Reporter Local Business Accelerator competition.

The nationwide campaign, which was launched in October by regional and local newspapers across the country and backed by Prime Minister David Cameron and Dragon’s Den star Deborah Meaden, will see 1,500 firms receive £15million of free advertising to help boost their businesses in 2012.

Photographer-Ian Georgeson-07921 567360'Ross Dickinson Managing Director of KIBOSH Emergency pipe repair device

Photographer-Ian Georgeson-07921 567360'Ross Dickinson Managing Director of KIBOSH Emergency pipe repair device

Local judges, including Hamish Carruthers, Will Haegeland and Scott McLean, said entries in the region were of an extremely high standard, with enthusiastic local firms recognising the benefits that local advertising can bring.

The Borders businesses to have made the LBA shortlist are:

The Honey Pot in Hawick, Eildon Safety Services in Galashiels, Red Shed Tickets from Kelso, Kibosh Ltd, Walkerburn, Steve Muir Photography, Galashiels, Trus-STEED, Kelso, and Eildon Concrete Products, Kelso.

The firms will now make a pitch and be interviewed by the panel of judges before three winners are selected. As well as receiving top professional advice from our local business mentors, their prize includes a substantial allocation of free advertising space in the pages of The Southern Reporter.

In addition, Deborah Meaden will become a mentor to one overall business, picked from the hundreds of regional winners, providing invaluable support throughout 2012 to drive their business forward.

Susan Windram, editor of The Southern Reporter said: “The LBA competition is a fantastic opportunity for local businesses to gain invaluable support from our mentors, all of whom are successful business people in their own right and have extensive knowledge of many areas of business, and also to take advantage of a generous advertising package with the region’s largest newspaper and market leader.

“The seven businesses shortlisted each presented interesting business proposals and I’m looking forward to hearing from each one as we start our search for three worthy winners.

The successful businesses will be named in The Southern Reporter on January 11.