Milgro, the onion people, who are based in Limavady are among 11 promising young businesses from across the UK which have been shortlisted for the finals of Local Business Accelerators – the regional press campaign to boost local business.
Judges from the top of the business community reviewed the LBA nominated businesses and whittled them down to create the regions and nations shortlist of 11 businesses from across the UK.
The People’s Choice Vote launched this week, showcasing all the shortlisted businesses. The vote is live for a week (15-21 March) and will enable the public to vote for their favourite local business. The business with the most votes will be crowned the People’s Choice winner, an additional award to the LBA overall winner.
Chaired by Dragons’ Den star Deborah Meaden, LBA ambassador, the judging panel consisted of CBI acting director for competitive markets Tom Thackray, Mail on Sunday small business editor Vicki Owen, ICAEW business director Stephen Ibbotson, Local Media Works chairman Craig Nayman, and News Media Association deputy chief executive Lynne Anderson.
The businesses were judged on criteria including originality of the business idea, their finances, communication skills, contribution to the local community, and their potential to benefit from free local newspaper advertising.
You can vote on www.localmediauk.org/public-voting.