Firm doubles in size within a year of winning prize

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ONE of the winners of a business competition launched last year has spoken about the benefits their firm received.

Jungle Buddies, based in Knowle, was a fledgling businesses specialising in children’s entertainment on board a double-decker bus.

Business owners Laura and Adrian Brown entered the Local Business Accelerators competition, which offers free advertising and mentoring help to firms which need it the most.

It’s a competition that is being run nationally by the Newspaper Society, and which The News is supporting by offering local mentors for our winning firms to work with, as well as orchestrating an advertising campaign for them.

Adrian said his business has gone from strength to strength since the competition was held last year, with he and Laura about to invest in a second bus to turn into a children’s adventure playground.

He said: ‘Being one of the winners certainly helped us get our name out there, just by being in the competition.

‘The adverts we had helped with that too. We haven’t really needed the mentoring help so much, because our business has been doing quite well on its own. But we will be contacting our mentor, Stef, to talk about getting a second bus and how we can go on to expand the business.’

To qualify to enter the competition, a business must be five years old or less, and be classed as either small or medium-sized. Closing date is November 17.

To enter, and to find out more about the entry criteria and judging process, see newspapersoc.org.uk/accelerate-me
 or @acceleratelocal on Twitter.