Enterprising Britain 2009 launched

Lord Mandelson launches competition to discover the most enterprising place in Britain.

By News Desk
25th February 2009 at 12:26

Scarborough - winner of 2008 Enterprising Britain awardsToday marks the launch of the 2009 search for the most enterprising place in Britain.

The competition run by Make Your Mark for the Department for Business sets out to find the town, city, village or location that is forging ahead with innovation, creating new jobs and encouraging entrepreneurship.

Last year Scarborough won the competition, thanks in part to a coalition of local businesses, councillors and residents who formed the Scarborough Renaissance Partnership which helped to transform the fortunes of the seaside town.

The Partnership attracted over £200 million of private sector investment to the area, helped to create a local start-up boom, regenerated the harbour and helped move the town forward positively as the fishing industry declined.

Here at SmallBizPod we’ve always believed job creation and the regeneration of local economies is a fundamental benefit of a more entrepreneurial society.

Projects like the Inner City 100 awards which recognised successful businesses in deprived city areas a few years ago, began raising the profile of this subject.

It’s good to see Enteprising Britain continuing that tradition.

As Peter Mandelson said at the launch today:

Enterprise is a long-term investment for the future and crucial for success in the current economic climate. In a downturn, it is more important than ever that entrepreneurs are supported and have the confidence they need to develop their ideas.

The competition is free to enter and forms are available from Regional Development Agencies, from equivalent devolved authorities or downloadable from http://www.enterprisingbritain.org/.

All entries need to be completed and returned by 30 April 2009.

[Picture: MaryCB licenced from Flickr]

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  1. Martyn says:

    WTF is BERR wasting money on this sort of thing.

    M

  2. News Desk says:

    I thought Scarborough had a good story to tell last year which might have inspired other places to look again at the role of entrepreneurship in regeneration.

    Whether you need BERR to fund such a scheme to flush these types of stories out is another matter.

    What would you like to see BERR spending its money on, Martyn?

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