Help for young firms

JOHNSTON Press Chief Executive John Fry is supporting the Local Business Accelerators campaign, supported by the South Yorkshire Times, which pledges £15m of free advertising to help local businesses. He said: “The Local Business Accelerators campaign is an exciting initiative that I believe very much fits the time. It is designed to help existing businesses grow and develop which must be a good thing to do at the bottom of the biggest recession in our lives.

As publishers we are putting something back into the communities we serve. We are committing free advertising space to help grow recently created local businesses so that they can, in turn, help grow their local economies. David Cameron has thrown his support behind the campaign because he knows the public sector can’t recruit millions of new people, but the private sector can.

“Sir Ray Tindle has provided the seed capital to fund the campaign – he gave The Newspaper Society £250,000 to create an initiative - and we are providing additional investment through the free advertising space, Deborah Meaden from Dragons’ Den is very much on board. She sees how the initiative will benefit local businesses and local economies. Johnston Press is proud to be taking part”. For more information contact Paul Sinker on