James Legal solicitors is appealing for businesses in the Yorkshire & Humber region to ‘be inspired’ to enter its competition for £20,000 plus of support.

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

And now the fresh-thinking law firm, which has offices in Hull and Beverley, aims to build on that success, by launching its new ‘InspiringBusiness2018’ initiative, led by a series of inspiring seminars delivered by business people who have ‘been there, done that’ and made those mistakes. It will culminate in a competition to find the inspiring business of 2018. The campaign is aimed at giving the region’s substrata of businesses who underpin the local economy acknowledgment and support.

James Legal will be working with a selection of great partners from the complementary fields of business support and development, banking, finance and marketing, to surround the chosen winner with focussed assistance in making their concept fly.

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This year’s campaign partners


This year’s main campaign partners are Handelsbanken, the University of Hull’s Enterprise Centre, cbaSadofskys Chartered Accountants, the Stuff of Greatness marketing agency, Computanet IT specialists, Peacock Finance, The Marketplace business consulting and procurement firm and the 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 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 hot desk and 12-month business support package from the University of Hull Enterprise Centre, worth £1,500.(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).Together with the partners, James Legal will surround the competition winners with every kind of advice and support they need to build on and achieve success, according to James Legal MD Nick Miller.“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, ideally a business which is able to demonstrate some drive, creativity and entrepreneurial flare” said Nick.“There are lots of big businesses in the city, but what is often overlooked is the substrata of very driven companies, which do really great things and in many ways underpin the city’s success. We want to bring these kinds of businesses together to share ideas and benefit from the kind of support that will help them take what they do to the next level.”

As well as handing out the InspiringBusiness2018 Award to one lucky winner, the 2018 campaign will consist of an ‘Inspiration Series’ of quarterly seminars, where attendees will hear from people who’ve made it in business, about how they’ve done it, as well as some of the mistakes they’ve made along the way, to help them on their own paths.

“We want to be a catalyst for good things,” added Nick. “I believe one of the best ways of doing that is to bring people together and see what emerges. So, we’re excited to see what ideas come from these activities.”

The closing date for InspiringBusiness2018 award applications is 30 October 2018. The winner will be chosen in early November from a panel of judges including Nick and Maureen Foers OBE, Owner of Durban Limited and Sponsor of Women’s Enterprise in the Humber.

Businesses wishing to enter can do so by describing what makes their company special and how they aspire to move forward. They can submit their entries (which might be written or even video submissions) via James Legal’s website or by post to InspiringBusiness2018, c/o Nick Miller, James Legal Solicitors, Planet House, 2 Woodhouse Street, Hedon Road, Hull, HU9 1RJ.

The first ‘Inspiration Series’ event will take place on Thursday 12 April, from 10am to 2pm, at the Hallmark Hotel, North Ferriby, and will feature a presentation by successful local businessman and author Martin Johnson. Book your place here.

Martin has just published his first book, titled ‘30 Mistakes to Success’. He has experience of everything from handling weapons systems on type 42 destroyers in the Royal Navy senior service, to heading up sales for a global technology research business and, more recently, co-founding a successful professional development and training business, Trans2 Performance.

He will be sharing his fascinating back story about making it in business; as well as talking about what he calls ‘the art of the start’ – four fundamental principles for building a successful business by being ‘conscious, productive and influential’.

Martin said: “I commend what James Legal is doing to support business success locally – and particularly among that layer of businesses that contribute so much to the vibrancy of our region, but are often overlooked.”

For more information about the campaign and competition, visit the James Legal website, email info@InspiringBusiness2018 or call the James Legal team on (01482) 225566. 

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