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Bradford on Avon firm reaches national business final
2:56pm Tuesday 20th August 2013 in News
Bradford on Avon gift business From You To Me are celebrating after reaching the finals of the Local Business Accelerators (LBA).
The LBA is an initiative by the regional press industry to boost local businesses.
The company, along with 14 others nationwide, is now in with the chance of winning package including mentoring from Deborah Meaden, a free ad campaign in the Wiltshire Times, and £10k cash.
Managing director Neil Coxon, 49, said: “We are thrilled. Starting up all those years ago, you never know what is going to work.
“To have big names in the business industry say we are doing something right and have growth potential has given us great confidence.”
Mr Coxon set up the business five years ago after making a personal book for his father, who died of terminal cancer.
This progressed on to creating books with titles for people and occasions and today the company has sold over three-quarters of a million books and has just launched in America. Mr Coxon said: “It was great to win the Wiltshire Business Awards but this is stepping up a level.
“To win the final would be a huge pat on the back.”
The business reached the regional finals of the LBAs in March and received an advertising package with the Wiltshire Times and mentoring from Stella Weeks, of Mainline Employment Ltd.
Mr Coxon said: “It was really helpful.
“We are an unusual product so it is about raising brand awareness and we had calls off the back of it.”
The winner of the finals, who will be announced later in the year, will receive a prize package including mentoring from Deborah Meaden, a free ad campaign in the Wiltshire Times, and £10,000 cash.
Other companies who reached the Wiltshire finals were Careers 4 Students in Swindon and Biteback Products in Devizes.
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