Businesses are being urged to enter an awards scheme which now has more than £42,000-worth of prizes on offer.
The Spark Harborough business awards has categories for both new businesses and established firms looking to grow.
There have been three early entries to the competition at www.sparkharborough.com, which has recorded 800 unique visitors since its launch earlier this year.
More than 100 of those visitors have accessed the premium content area of the site in which there are videos and downloadable excel financial tools, business templates, presentations and fact sheets for fledgling firms.
Rachel Panther of Oxford Innovation is running Spark on behalf of Harborough District Council, which owns Harborough Innovation Centre.
She said: “The interest has been much higher than anticipated and to already have entries being submitted is amazing.
“As well as providing telephone support we are setting up one to one mentoring support sessions, to help people with their business models, marketing plans and competition entries.
“Anyone thinking of starting a business, planning growth or in need of business support should log on and join the Spark community.”
The Spark Competition has three categories: Best New Business Idea for under 25-year-olds, which has a prize value of £19,395; Best New Business Idea for over- 25s, with a prize value of £16,185; and Best Growth Idea for Established Businesses, which has a prize value of £6,515.
The prize packages include digital marketing and social media advice from Fact 51, website support from Fluid Web Works and Help from Venture Accounting.
To enter, answer a short online questionnaire at www.sparkharborough.com covering the business or growth idea, the target market and its commercial potential.
The closing date for entries is November 15.