Articles: iWood Wins Local Business Accelerator Regional Competition

We are delighted to announce that iWood has won the regional round of the Local Business Accelerators competition!

iWood has been selected, along with two other businesses as a “most promising business” under three years old.

The win will see iWood receive free advertising for a year with the Midlands based Express and Star and be entered into the national competition with the chance of being mentored by Dragon’s Den’s Deborah Meaden.

Everyone at iWood is of course overjoyed by the news and very grateful for the recognition.

Director David Haddrell said “I’d like to take this opportunity to publicly thank every member of our staff for their ongoing hard work and dedication as they make iWood the successful and forward-thinking business it is today”.

For more information on the Local Business Accelerator Scheme please visit their website:


The following is reproduced with permission from the Express and Star:

Trio take prizes at Accelerator awards

Three companies have been chosen as winners of the Express & Star’s Local Business Accelerators competition. 
   Regional and local newspapers across the UK have pledged £15 million of free advertising to the most dynamic fledgling businesses as part of the competition, which will see a panel of local  business exports providing mentoring and guidance to the winning companies. The winners were chosen by the panel, including Black Country Chamber of Commerce president Mike Dell, Johnathan Dudley, Midlands managing partner of accountants Crowe Clarke Whitehill, and Paul Hunt of Brierley Hill-based law firm Higgs & Sons, as well as Express & Star business editor Simon Penfold. Stourbridge company Pure Sport, which runs local authority sports development programmes,

By David Banner

building products company iWood Timber, based at Hixon near Stafford, and Bloxwich-based bespoke tailoring firm Stichy Designz have been selected as the three companies to benefit from guidance intended to accelerate their growth. One of the firms will now be selected to be nominated to go forward to regional level, with one firm in the country winning mentoring from Dragons’ Den star Deborah Meaden. The Accelerators campaign is being coordinated by the Newspaper Society and attracted 1,000 entries in just its first week. It has also been supported by Prime Minister David Cameron.