If you live in an
area with a thriving business community looking to grow and become
a real force both here and abroad, then you could be living in the
most enterprising place in the UK.
Communities are being encouraged to come forward and take part in
a nationwide competition that will see a town, city or area
crowned as the country’s most enterprising place.
The winner will be the location that can show itself as a
hotspot of innovation and somewhere that is boosting local
business and nurturing budding entrepreneurial talent.
Business and Enterprise Minister Mark Prisk said:
“There are some fantastic enterprises across the UK that are
starting up and growing to become real forces in business. Despite
the difficult economic conditions, there are many entrepreneurs
willing and able to make their business a success, helping to
boost the economic growth of their local area and the UK.
“We want to make 2012 the year of enterprise. This is a great
opportunity for local authorities and businesses to come together
and show that they are creating a vibrant environment to allow
enterprise to thrive.”
There are three categories in this year’s awards:
· The most enterprising place in the UK.
· The organisation that best promotes enterprise.
· The organisation most successful in encouraging businesses to
Two of the three winners will go on to represent the UK at
the European Enterprise Promotion Awards in Nicosia, Cyprus on 15
November 2012, during Global Entrepreneurship Week. Previous UK
winner, Scarborough, went on to win the European Grand Jury Prize
Enterprising Britain is free to enter and is open to all
places in the UK that can demonstrate the impact enterprise has
had on their community in the past two years. To register interest
email your contact details to email@example.com.
Entries must be submitted by 30 May 2012 and the winners of each
category will be announced on 16 July 2012.
Note to editors:
1. This year the Government is running the Business in
You campaign to encourage more people to start or grow
their business throughout 2012 using a range of existing support
services. More information is available at businessinyou.bis.gov.uk.
2. Enterprising Britain 2012 is being run by the Department for
Business, Innovation and Skills. An independent judging panel has
been appointed to select the winners of each category.
3. For more information about the awards and how to enter, visit
4. The European Jury will award it’s Grand Jury Prize to the
entry that is considered the most creative and inspiring
initiative promoting entrepreneurship.
5. For more information on the European Enterprise Awards visit
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