Winner Waynes hopes business will accelerate after success in Sunderland Echo contest

Wayne Harrison, winner of the Echo Business Accelerator Competition with his website.
Wayne Harrison, winner of the Echo Business Accelerator Competition with his website.
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WAYNE Harrison is over the moon after being crowned the Sunderland Echo’s Business Accelerator winner.

Wayne’s business Celearning Educational Services beat off competition from a wide range of ventures to impress our judges – Echo editor Rob Lawson, former Sunderland AFC director Lesley Callaghan and Dr Mick Thurlbeck, chief executive at Tees Valley Engineering Partnership

The Rainton Bridge-based business, which is less than a year old, provides consultancy support for schools in teaching and learning and has now branched out into online tutoring through its website, which provides extra support for students live online at a fraction of the cost of traditional tutors.

Help is available with English, maths and science, with plans to introduce modern foreign languages and the humanities, allowing students to mix and match their subjects and even revise on the go through mobile devices.

Wayne will receive free advertising in the Echo and business mentoring support from Lesley and Mick.

“I am absolutely over the moon with this news,” he said.

“It is going to be hugely significant for the company.”

Wayne will go on to bid to be crowned the overall Local Business Accelerators winner and receive mentoring from national campaign ambassador Deborah Meaden, of Dragon’s Den fame.

He plans to plough the income generated from his advertising into developing an app which will allow students to register for the revisionweb service in an instant and believes the mentoring support included in the package will be instrumental in helping reach his goal of taking the service nationwide and attracting 5,000 active users by this summer.

And Wayne is not the only business person with reason to celebrate today.

The standard of entry in the Business Accelerators competition was so high that Rob, Lesley and Mick decided to name two runners-up.

Boldon-based HR specialists Professional People Management and professional and business services provider Rise Consultants, in Rainton Bridge, will also receive free advertising in the Sunderland Echo.

The national Local Business Accelerators campaign attracted more than 3,000 entrants and is backed by David Cameron, the CBI, and Business Growth Fund.