What a year it’s been!


Well, we can’t quite believe it but our InspiringBusiness2018 campaign is drawing to a close after a fantastic year.

And what a finale we had at the Hallmark Hotel on 22 November – with over 100 people gathered to hear from our latest inspirational speakers, Andy Lampard, co-owner of the Highfield House wedding venue in Driffield and successful design house Zopsigog, and business funding expert Darren Peacock.

Both full of insights from their many years in business, Andy’s main advice was ‘jump!’. Success is all about being brave enough to follow your dreams, and focus on the things that matter, including family and friends. Meanwhile, Darren’s words of wisdom culminated in a quote from the inimitable John Lennon: ‘Everything will be OK in the end and if it’s not, it’s not the end’.

Still time to win £25,000

If you’re in business or know someone who is, don’t forget you have until 31 December to enter yourself or nominate for our InspiringBusiness2018 competition to win £25,000 of business support, provided by our campaign partners.

We’ve had over 30 high quality entries so far, from all manner of different companies, so make sure yours is among them by filling in the online form here or by emailing inspiringbusiness2018@jameslegal.co.uk.

Here’s a reminder of exactly what’s on offer:

  • 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 Chartered 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 website or online marketing support to the value of £5,000, from 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 one year to make use of the support offered).

Thank you so much

This year’s campaign has been an incredible success, thanks to the support of our partners, our wonderful speakers, the 300-plus businesses that have participated in our seminars and the dozens that have so far taken the time to enter the competition.

Here’s what some of our partners and participating businesses had to say about it:

“Computanet are delighted be a part of such an enthusiastic team for the InspiringBusiness2018 campaign and awards. We look forward to working with the well-deserving winner.” – Adam Lutkin, Computanet.

“We have really enjoyed being part of InspiringBusiness2018. Each event has provided a great opportunity to hear some inspiring speakers and to meet with some great people and business owners.” – Gareth Alexander, The Marketplace.

“Our team have found it very rewarding to be partners in the InspiringBusiness2018 campaign. Not only have we had the opportunity to hear inspirational and thought-provoking talks from some fascinating speakers, the seminar series has also given us the opportunity to connect with new and growing businesses in the area with exciting new ideas and offerings. We wish the best of luck to all competition entrants and look forward to working with the winner over the next year.” – Pippa Wright, Stuff of Greatness.

Gearing up to do it all again!

In fact, it’s all been so fantastic, we’re preparing to launch InspiringBusiness2019.

Watch this space to find out the lucky winner of the 2018 competition and for details of speakers and specific plans for the next 12 months.

What’s it all about?

As specialist business lawyers, we want to inspire businesses across the Yorkshire & The Humber region to achieve even greater success, by hosting presentations by entrepreneurs sharing their warts-and-all experiences – all culminating in a competition to win an impressive collection of business support to help take their success to the next level.

Together with our partners, we will surround the competition winners with every kind of advice and help they need to build on and achieve success.

Last word from Nick

“James Legal has achieved considerable success as a specialist business law firm committed to taking a fresh approach by being approachable, speaking in plain English, doing what is genuinely in our clients’ best interests and being transparent over fees.

“So we believe it’s our duty to give other businesses a helping hand, as part of our commitment to playing an active role in the community where we’re based.

“The campaign is aimed at businesses with real get-up-and-go, that have achieved a degree of success already but are hungry for more, as we’re passionate about unlocking the vast amount of talent that exists in our region.

“We love nothing more than handholding companies through every stage of their developmental journey, by providing them with the variety of help they need as well as legal assistance, and so the InspiringBusiness initiative is a perfect extension of what we do every day.

“The opportunities and relationships generated by this year’s campaign have left us with a really warm glow and we hope everyone will get behind us, get involved and help to make it even bigger and better next year!”

Our firm has always had a strong community ethos centred on giving back by supporting our local area. Initiatives like InspiringBusiness2018 are among our ways of doing that.

This year’s competition winner will be judged by a panel including Nick and a selection of our campaign partners.

For more information about this year’s campaign and competition, click here, email inspiringbusiness2018@jameslegal.co.uk or call the James Legal team on (01482) 225566.

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