Dragon Deborah Meaden offers mentorship for one lucky business

The Dragons’ Den star launches this year’s Local Business Accelerator scheme which will see her mentor one lucky small business for a year.

Dragons’ Den judge Deborah Meaden is launching a scheme, in its second year, to help local businesses grow and prosper, which will see her mentor one business for an entire year.

The year-long mentoring opportunity is part of the Local Business Accelerators scheme that Meaden is backing, which has been set up to give advice and support to businesses on a local level.

The campaign, supported by the Business in You and backed by the Prime Minister David Cameron and the Governor of the Bank of England Mervyn King, will deliver a £15 million boost to promising young businesses through free advertising and mentoring.

New research shows that Britain’s young businesses are positive about prospects for growth despite tough economic times, but they still need advice and support.

Research conducted by Toluna and campaign organisers the Newspaper Society reveals that a third of owners of young businesses expect some or significant growth in the next 12 months (35 per cent) with the majority saying they expected their businesses to perform at the same level (53 per cent). Just 12 per cent said they expected decline.

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