York Cocoa House wins Dragon mentor

October 16th, 2013
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Another honour for York’s independent business scene: York’s much beloved York Cocoa House is the national winner of the 2013 Local Business Accelerations scheme (LBA), promising significant benefits for the two year-old business.

Having competed against 2000 local businesses nationwide, York Cocoa House owner Sophie Jewett and her team now brought the beneficial title to our renowned chocolate city. The businesses were judged on the originality of their business idea, their ability to fend off competition, their finances and future prospects, their positive impact upon the local community, and their potential to benefit from local newspaper advertising.

The initiative, now in its second year, was initiated by the Newspaper Society and is sponsored by Business is Great.  Fronted by Dragon’s Den star Deborah Meaden and backed by Prime Minister David Cameron, LBA winners are given an invaluable boost, as they receive one year of free advertising in a local newspaper as well as mentoring from a local business leader.

The York Cocoa House now receives one year of business mentoring from Deborah Meaden, who states: “The York Cocoa House is a very worthy winner and I look forward to working closely with Sophie and her team to help develop the business further.” Furthermore, the chocolatier will profit from a local newspaper ad campaign designed by a top London ad agency. Earlier this year, The York Cocoa House won the local LBA and was given a free newspaper ad campaign in The York Press.

“The LBA campaign has been a huge success and its support for small businesses and entrepreneurs is making a real difference to local economies up and down the country, making sure Britain is on the rise”, as David Cameron announces.

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