AFTER months of waiting and hours of sifting through entries from some very promising new businesses in and around Grantham, we can now announce the winner of our Local Business Accelerators competition – Allington Manor.
The small family-run business caught the eye of the judges owing to its promising future potential, its friendly customer-focused ethos and a flurry of testimonials from members of the public keen to heap praise upon the Manor.
Grantham Journal Editor James Mitchinson said: “First of all I’d like to thank all of the businesses that took the time to enter the Newspaper Society-led Local Business Accelerators scheme, and give a mention to some of those that made the judging panel’s decision very difficult when selecting a shortlist.
The notable entries worthy of a mention are:
l UK Hair and Beauty
l DM Training UK
l Gutter Cleaner
l Acting The Party
l Lincolnshire Home Security
l Paul Emmett Music
l Unveiled by Leanne
l B-Safe Health and Safety
l Allington Manor
Over 3,000 companies entered the competition nationally. Now they will be whittled down to a select few which will benefit from three months of FREE publicity.
Local newspapers across the country – including the Journal – will now provide a raft of expertise and exposure across multiple publishing channels to help push-on their chosen fledgling businesses to the next level.
Helping to offer some of that business acumen and guidance will be Grantham LBA mentors Bijal Ladva – Director for Specsavers and Chairman of Grantham Business Club and Beverly Agass – South Kesteven District Council Chief Executive.
Our teams – including Journal Advertising Manager Lisa Williams and Advertising Director Carole Yetman – will work closely with the owner of Allington Manor, Leo Vincent to establish precisely what his business needs are, and exactly how he would like his family jewel portrayed to the wider public.
We will then help make his business accessible to the wider public by pushing it out through our newspaper, desktop website, mobile website and to the thousands of people who follow our social network route-to-market, to potential customers all over the world.
Editor James Mitchinson added: “The love and care that have clearly gone into resurrecting this dilapidated and crumbling building, into a high-class venue with all the appeal of a stately home is flabbergasting.
“I only hope we can now help Allington Manor, and potentially help Mr Vincent and his team to catch the eye of Dragons’ Den supremo Deborah Meaden, in order to snatch the overall prize of taking the entrepreneurial guru on board for a whole year of tutelage.
Allington Manor owner Leo Vincent said: “I would like to first of all say thank you to the Grantham Journal, for giving us this excellent opportunity in the first place.
“And to our clients who have supported us in our early stages of the business. We’re so, so grateful.
“Everybody at Allington Manor is very excited and thrilled that our hard work is beginning to pay off, and is starting to be recognised with this award.
“I have plenty of promotional ideas that I could not afford to promote before – now we have the opportunity to put them to the test.
“This is an outstanding opportunity for everybody involved with Allington Manor, raising our profile from the local arena, hopefully to a national one.
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the business, and I am determined not to let it slip through our fingers.”
Stella Elliott wrote to the Journal. She said: “My Husband James and I were married at Allington Manor on the 30th April this year. Leo and the team are amazing – they accommodated our every need.
The full English breakfast the day after the wedding was one of the best I have eaten. I am sure this was down to their local ingredients and hard work rather than my relief that the celebrations were over. They fully deserve special recognition.”