The Local Business Accelerator offers young businesses the opportunity to access a 10-week programme combining expert knowledge with group discussion and action learning, that creates solutions to business barriers and personal development in leadership and management, supporting growth ambition and creating new opportunities.

The programme is underpinned with free membership to the Enterprise Nation platform which offers a wide range of interactive activity and events at local and national level that are unique and add real value to any business that enrols.

Your Enterprise Nation Local Leader will facilitate each session and act as a local conduit for questions and signposting to our large resource of business support.

Each Local Leader has been chosen because of their own business support excellence and knowledge of your local business landscape.

Find out more about your local leader below and secure your place on the course today with a £50 deposit.

Dan Martin - Bristol

Dan Martin - Bristol

With 15 years of experience as a small business journalist, Dan Martin has interviewed hundreds of entrepreneurs from billionaires like Sir Richard Branson to brand new start-ups.

As head of content at Enterprise Nation, Dan is responsible for the prolific output of content on the company’s blog. He is based in Bristol where he runs regular events with the local small business community and has strong connections to major business organisations in the south west region.

Outside of Enterprise Nation, he co-runs a lifestyle blog focused on culture, art, theatre and photography.

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Joanna Michaels - London

Joanna Michaels - London

Joanna Michaels the founder of Beyond Social Buzz is a Social Media Coach, speaker and a business mentor who helps start-ups and small and medium businesses succeed at social media marketing. She offers her clients a wealth of social media knowledge and a positive, personable approach that helps them to move from overwhelmed to optimised and connected with their audiences online.

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Lara Squires - Brighton

Lara Squires - Brighton

Having worked in professional services for the past 15 years, Lara has a real insight into the challenges faced by the sector, and how to overcome these using a mix of sales and marketing tools.

Lara’s areas of expertise include, marketing strategy, communication plans, business development, sales training and mentoring.

Lara has an innate confidence which enables her to get in front of the right people and create new business opportunities.

Lara holds the Chartered Institute of Marketing’s (CIM) Postgraduate Diploma and is a Chartered Marketer; she is an experienced sales professional who is inspired by helping companies achieve their business goals.

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Saloma Kelly - Denton

Saloma Kelly - Manchester

As a multi passionate branding and social media strategist who has built a business from the comfort of my home. To being recognised as one the top 100 mums in business, nominated for business start up of year with Forward Ladies and featuring on the BBC.

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Don’t have a local accelerator in your area?

We’ll be adding more local leaders in the future so register here to get notified when we launch the programme near you.

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