Businesses in the running so far...

Anne batty who has started her own business, Family Discovery,researching peoples family trees..'090369
Anne batty who has started her own business, Family Discovery,researching peoples family trees..'090369

A RANGE of businesses have put themselves forward to be in with a chance of winning the Scarborough Evening News Local Business Accelerators campaign.

Entries have come in from across the area from a variety of businesses between one and three years old.

Anne Batty set up Family Discovery in 2009 and is now hoping to receive a boost from the scheme.

The home-based business researches genealogy and family trees.

When asked on the entry form why her business would benefit from mentoring and free advertising, Mrs Batty said: “I feel long term, regular slots in a newspaper plant a seed in a reader’s head about the interesting possibilities of having your family tree researched.

“In this tough financial climate it is difficult selling a concept that is not essential, but it is potentially a life-changing experience.”

Nicola Forsdyke, director of Seamer-based graphic design firm Red Hot Creative, is equally keen to be in with a chance of winning free advertising.

She said: “We have reached a critical point of growth, extra advertising will bring us to the attention of more potential clients and raise awareness of our extensive services while business mentoring would give us feedback essential to new businesses on forward planning, economic use of resources and how to increase turnover.”

Hoping for a boost ahead of the opening of its new restaurant, butchers shop and sandwich bar is Stepney Hill Farm Gourmet Meat Company.

In their application for the scheme director Daniel Fell described the company’s achievements to date. He said: “We have been inundated with support for our expansion plans to take our rare breed meats direct to the high street to showcase British produce in a British seaside town where there is little current representation.”

Craig Patton, of Online Curtain Fabrics, based in Victoria Road, is equally proud of his business’s successes.

When applying for the scheme he said: “Our biggest success has been our growth in such a short time of under three years in which we now employ five members of staff, plus the fact we have put money back in to the community with sponsorship to Scarborough Athletic FC and the under 15s girls team.”

Also in the running is Bridlington-based East Coast Builders.