The overall winner of the Local Business Accelerator competition 2013 was announced last week and the prize was awarded to York Cocoa House, who sell a range of chocolate products and host chocolate workshops. The competition, now in its second year, is fronted by business entrepreneur and Dragons’ Den star, Deborah Meaden.
Sophie Jewett, owner of York Cocoa House will receive a fantastic prize of a years business mentoring with Deborah Meadon, a local newspaper advertising campaign designed by a top London ad agency and £10,000 in cash.
Earlier in the year Cambridge Van Man was chosen as a local winner of the LBA competition and received a prize of £10,000 worth of advertising with local newspaper group Cambridge Newspapers, as well as receiving help and advice from three business mentors.
Even though Cambridge Van Man didn’t win the overall prize and they missed out on the chance to work with Deborah Meaden, they still feel they gained a lot from taking part in the competition. “It wasn’t really the £10,000 worth of advertising that proved to be the best part of being a winner, it was the contacts we made and the boost associated with the recognition that we have a created a really great business with great potential”, explained Jon Lamming, owner of Cambridge Van Man. “When running your own business it’s easy to become so immersed in it that it becomes difficult to really know if you are heading the right direction.” “The recognition associated with winning a business award helps to affirm that you are doing things correctly and you are pointing the business in the right direction to achieve further growth and success.” “Meeting with three business mentors and bouncing ideas off them and asking for general help and advice also proved extremely helpful in setting business objectives and ensuring timescales were met,” commented Jon.
Jon explains, “At Cambridge Van Man we sometimes find it hard to measure the outcomes of business ideas we have, but from the work we have done since winning the competition we have seen excellent increased growth in our Cambridge removals operations and our Cambridge Man and Van service has continued to prove very popular.” “Our next step is to increase awareness of our services to the local business community, especially when it comes to responsible removal of business waste and the transportation of exhibition equipment within Cambridge and around the UK.”
When asked how he could see the business moving on in the future, Jon replied, “We already feel like we are the number one Man and Van service in Cambridge.” “When we meet people for the first time they have often already heard of Cambridge Van Man, they know we have orange vans but they don’t always know about our wide range of services.” “The next step in growing Cambridge Van Man has got to be about raising brand awareness, letting people know what we can do for them and how we do it, once we learn how to do this then there will be no stopping us, and our orange Cambridge Van Man vans will be seen everywhere!”
About the author – Jon Lamming writes on various topics about Cambridge Man and Van removal services, house clearance, storage and packing. Here he writes about the Local Business Accelerator Award. Besides writing for blogs Jon enjoys surfing all over the world, Thai Boxing and riding his motorbike. The most important things in the world to Jon are his lovely Polish wife Magda and his two girls, Emily and Olivia.