A LOCAL company has been nominated to be in with a chance of being mentored by Dragons’ Den star Deborah Meaden.
BEA Solutions, an IT firm based at the Brambles Enterprise Centre, has today been named as the winner of The News’s Local Business Accelerators campaign.
The campaign is run by a raft of local papers and the Newspaper Society as a way to help businesses grow or start up.
Each local paper that has signed up to the campaign picks three firms to benefit from mentoring help and an advertising campaign, based on their needs and their achievements to date.
The other local finalists, as reported previously in The News, were online card company HattyBoots.com and prestige marine and automotive cleaning firm Aspect Valeting.
Stef Nienaltowski, of Integritie, who was one of the LBA judges for The News, said: ‘Since a commercial mentor was assigned to BEA Solutions, they have focused on which products they should be promoting,.
‘One of the things they have been doing is looking to work with the Innovation Warehouse in Portsmouth, which is being run by Dr Shena Mitchell.
‘It has start-ups coming in which might not have a website, so they will work with these new companies to develop that.
‘BEA will get a little revenue from that but hopefully as these companies grow, they’ll keep using BEA Solutions.’
National judges will now read through the nomination carefully, along with nominations from other newspapers up and down the country.
The national award shortlist will be announced in September, and the winners will be revealed at a ceremony in October.
Marc Bradshaw, of BEA Solutions, said: ‘What we’ve had so far has been great, a real help.
‘Winning the national award would be great because though some of our services are locally-orientated, we don’t need to meet the customer face to face for our web design and other services.’