Shortlisted for business stardom in Mercury campaign

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TODAY we reveal the three businesses which have been shortlisted in our Local Business Accelerators campaign.

The campaign is looking to find a young business to help accelerate its success by helping with valuable advice from our three business mentors, as well as advertising space.

Our mentors – Robert Loomes, Ross Clephane and Richard Hegarty – will judge the four shortlisted candidates with the help of Mercury editor Eileen Green and commercial development manager Roberta Stinson and the winner will be revealed in the new year.

Over the next few weeks we will be turning the spotlight on our shortlisted enterprises, but here in brief, are the three:

l Daytona GB Car Care in Pit Lane, Ketton, supplies car care product Gliptone and has expanded to carry out work on leather interiors and machine polishing, as well as offer training courses.

Keith Stead, who runs the business with Steve Metcalfe, said they had entered the competition for the chance to win expert advice from the mentors. Mr Stead said: “We were thrilled to be shortlisted.”

l Amanda Caffrey set up Clever Thinking Design from her home in Thyme Avenue, Bourne, about two years ago. The business designs and builds exhibition stands and organises trade events.

She said: “I haven’t got any experience in running a business so to win that help from mentors would be fantastic.”

l Paula White runs Physiohands, which has clinics in Burley Road, Oakham, and St Peter’s Hill, Stamford. As well as offering traditional physiotherapy treatments, she also visits people in their homes to offer treatments and also runs podiatry clinics.

She said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be shortlisted. It affirms what we are doing here.”