One more month to apply for Local Business Accelerator support

Stefan Nienaltowski (left) with Peter Grant
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THE News is extending the entry period for this year’s Local Business Accelerator competition.

The scheme is offering firms in the Portsmouth and south-east Hampshire region a chance to win advertising and mentoring.

Stefan Nienaltowski, chief operating officer at Integritie and chairman of the business and enterprise work stream at Shaping the Future of Portsmouth, explained: ‘The programme is designed to encourage small businesses to grow.

‘By the support of a dedicated mentor, businesses can get the advice and guidance needed to finance the new business idea.

‘This will be the third year of the programme. Over that time, over 25 companies have been helped.

‘The business and enterprise work stream of Shaping the Future of Portsmouth are working with The News and Mentor-net which provides the skilled resources on a short-term basis to shortlisted businesses and finalists.

‘It’s such an important part of what we do with the business and enterprise group.’

It is the third year The News has run the competition.

Editor Mark Waldron is encouraging all business owners to consider entering.

He said: ‘We are glad we can work with our partners and offer this support to our local companies.

‘We hope everyone reading this will consider entering.’

Peter Grant, chief executive of Mentor-net, a not-for-profit organisation based in Fareham, added: ‘I am delighted to support this project. We have seen time and time again the benefits of mentoring.’

To enter, e-mail business reporter Claire French at, with the following information by Friday, October 31:

* The name of your company.

* The number of employees it has.

* The date of the company’s launch (the business must be between one and five years old).

* Why your business would benefit from the prize (in fewer than 300 words).