Chamber Head of Policy joins Local Business Accelerators Team

Published 3rd May 2012 by Events

Chamber Head of Policy and Representation Steven Leigh has been chosen as a member of the Local Business Accelerators panel for Calderdale.

hamber Head of Policy and Representation Steven Leigh has been chosen as a member of the Local Business Accelerators panel for Calderdale.  The scheme, launched by the Halifax Courier, is aimed at accelerating the successes of three local firms through top professional advice from local mentors and free advertising space.  Steven will work alongside Roger Harvey, Barbara Harbinson and Courier Deputy Editor John Kenealy to form a judging panel, reviewing and shortlisting entries from across Calderdale to identify three dynamic local companies.  He will also provide a series of mentoring sessions to the winning companies, providing expert insight from his years of experience in industry.

The Local Business Accelerators is open to any business that has been running between 1 and 3 years and has potential to grow in the future.  In addition to expert support businesses across the country will benefit from £15m in free advertising in the nation’s local papers.  Nearly 500 papers have joined the scheme and will help boost local economies by providing advertising press to winning companies.

Commenting, Steven Leigh said: “It is absolutely essential that the Government should embrace a growth agenda at the heart of policy and decision-making if the economic recovery is to become a reality. We need to encourage young entrepreneurs to start new businesses in order to achieve this essential growth and create new jobs, and this initiative by the nation’s regional newspapers will stimulate go-ahead companies throughout the UK to compete for a really worthwhile prize in terms of free advertising. In addition, prizewinners will be able to call on local business leaders for advice and support, and in Calderdale we have a very strong team including Roger Harvey and Barbara Harbinson who have so much experience and local knowledge which could be invaluable to assisting the development and growth aspirations of our local businesses. I’m delighted to have been asked to participate as a member of the panel, and we will be working very hard to ensure the success of this innovative and generous initiative.”

Roger Harvey commented:“I am please to support the Courier in this very important initiative.  I hope that I can use my experience gained in developing Harveys but also with working with many start-up businesses as former chair of Action Halifax.  In today’s economic climate we are all going to rely on young businesses expanding and offering job opportunities to our young people”


For more information contact Steven Leigh on 07809 658533 or

Or to apply visit the Local Business Accelerators site

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