Local Business Accelerators Competition: Local MP congratulates businesses in Dagenham and Rainham

Two local businesses in Dagenham and Rainham have been recognised as leading local businesses by being shortlisted in a Newspaper Society competition. The Local Business Accelerators competition is looking for the most promising small businesses in the country, with a national winner being announced in October.

The two local businesses that have been shortlisted for this award are:

BK Security in Oxlow Lane is a great local security training provider. They offer courses in Security Industry Authority training, first aid and a variety of other courses. They pride themselves on going beyond the minimum industry standards for training.

Henry’s Coffee Bar in Tuck Road, Elm Parkis a local coffee catering business based out of Havering. They cater a wide variety of events, their pop up bar & bespoke coffee vans are available to hire for corporate/charity/invitational and private events.

Jon Cruddas MP said: “It is great to see the success of two local businesses. Small business plays a vital role in our economy and in local communities. Competitions and initiatives like this are exactly what we need to help inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs. I hope that the achievements of BK Security and Henry’s Coffee Bar will help to inspire other people to start their own business here in Dagenham and Rainham.”

The competition’s national winner will receive a year's mentoring from Dragon’s Den star Deborah Meaden, who said, “We’re setting out to find the best local businesses that Britain has to offer; the kind of businesses that can create jobs, invigorate local communities and put the economy on the right track.”

The winner will also receive other prizes including free advertising in their local newspaper, £10,000 from the Business Growth Fund, a year's membership of the CBI, business advice from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, broadband and a website from BT, and an iPad and a year’s access to software from Freeagent.

For useful information and advice on starting or growing your own business you can visit the Business in You website: www.businessinyou.bis.gov.uk