GO-AHEAD Yorkshire bosses stand to win expert mentoring from some of the region’s best business brains in new competition.
Innovative businesses are invited to enter Bucking the Trend, a contest to highlight the region’s ‘can-do’ attitude, run by Business Link Yorkshire.
Four first prize winners will win six months of mentoring from top business leaders.
Runners-up will win a one-off mentoring session. All finalists will also win £250 tickets to the Yorkshire International Business Convention in Harrogate or Bridlington – the region’s largest networking event – and a place at the Business Link VIP Breakfast. Everyone entering the competition will go into a draw for further tickets.
Helen West, chief executive of Business Link Yorkshire said: “Through our support of the Yorkshire International Business Convention, we want to show that the region is open for business and to help companies innovate their way through the recession.
“We hope that this competition will highlight good ideas which we will share with other businesses later.”
Minister for Yorkshire Rosie Winterton invited 30 business ambassadors to promote the region and some of them will judge and mentor the competition winners.
Said Ms West: “I am very grateful for the support of the ambassadors.
“Someone taking a fresh look at your business can be invaluable.”
The four business ambassadors providing six months of mentoring expertise are Gordon Bridge, chief executive of AESSEAL; leading woman entrepreneur Jan Fletcher; Nimble Thompson, regional chairman of the Institute of Directors; and Kevin Whiteman, chief executive of Kelda Group.
Others include Mark Andrews, chief executive of N G Bailey Ltd; Richard Gregory, of Yorkshire Bank; Stephen Martin, chief executive of Clugston Group Ltd; Linda Pollard, of Coutts Bank; and Neil Turton, chief executive officer at Nisa-Today’s.
Business Link is working with thousands of businesses across the region to innovate and find new markets.
To enter the Business Link Bucking the Trend competition go online at www.businesslinkyorkshire.co.uk/yibc
Entry is open to businesses of any size that have been trading for at least one year. Companies must be based or headquartered in Yorkshire and Humber.