James Legal - InspiringBusiness2018

Inspiring Business 2018

InspiringBusiness2018 is our way of promoting great business in the Yorkshire & Humber region.

If you’re driven and creative in your field, be inspired with over £24,000 worth of support!

Our first business-focussed campaign, in 2017, saw two stand-out local companies sharing £45,000 worth of vital support to help them grow to the next level.

And we’re now building on that success with a fresh campaign, aimed at helping and encouraging the region’s entrepreneurs.

This year, working with great partners in complementary fields like banking, business support, finance and marketing, we’ll be offering a focussed and powerful mixture of assistance to one ‘creative and driven’ business, worth over £24,000.

What are we looking for?

The kinds of businesses we’re looking to help are those that have gained some traction already, perhaps with a successful track record or on the cusp of great things. If you’re driven, creative and hungry for more, then yours is the type of organisation that should be entering.

From sole traders to firms employing dozens or hundreds of people, we want to find and help companies that excel in what they do, and can demonstrate qualities such as drive, innovation, vision and creativity.

If that’s you or your business, don’t hesitate to submit your entry here.

How do I enter?

If you own or work for a business that you believe fits the bill, tell us, in no more than 1,000 words, what makes your organisation special and how you would aspire to move forward. You can submit your entry here by no later than 31st December 2018, by email to or by post to InspiringBusiness2018 c/o MD Nick Miller, James Legal Solicitors, Planet House, 2 Woodhouse Street, Hedon Road, Hull, HU9 1RJ.

All the entries will be considered and the winning entry will be chosen by a panel of judges including James Legal MD Nick Miller and renowned local businesswoman Maureen Foers OBE.

Our great partners

This year’s main campaign partners are Handelsbanken, Mobius Media, cbaSadofskys Chartered Accountants, the Stuff of Greatness marketing agency, Computanet IT specialists, Peacock Finance, The Marketplace business consulting and procurement firm and The Business Culture Hull networking group.

  • Also supporting it are the Department for International Trade, the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership and the Women’s Enterprise in the Humber female entrepreneurs group.

The partners’ contributions to the prize fund include:

  • A year’s free legal support worth £5,000 from James Legal, including a review and re-write of policies and contracts, and access to our business legal advice service
  • Tender and bid-writing support from The Marketplace worth up to £6,000, starting with a detailed procurement and supply chain assessment, and, potentially, a 12-month supply of tender reports and help with identifying, completing and submitting one grant funding application
  • Accountancy support worth up to £2,000 from cbaSadofskys accountants
  • Free annual membership of The Business Culture Hull business networking group, worth £300
  • An initial funding audit and guidance, followed by monthly reviews and application support, worth £3,000, provided by Peacock Finance
  • A network and system audit up to a value of £2,000 from Computanet
  • Social media strategy development and training up to a value of £1,000 from Stuff of Greatness
  • A free website design or online marketing support, worth £5,000 for Mobius Media

(Prize contributions and values are intended as a guide and will be tailored according to the exact needs of the competition winner, who will have two one years to make use of the support offered).

Get involved

As well as handing out the InspiringBusiness2018 Award to one lucky winner later in the year, our 2018 campaign includes an ‘Inspiration Series’ of quarterly seminars, where attendees will hear from people who have achieved success in business about how they’ve done it, as well as some of the mistakes they made along the way. You can hear from those who have done it, those who are doing it and those who help them do it.

Click here for more details and to book your place.

If you have any questions about InspiringBusiness2018, email us or call (01482) 225566 and ask to speak to Becca Bunting.

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