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Final call for Yorkshire & Humber’s recession-fighting hotspots to stake their claim as champions of enterprise


Locations in Yorkshire & Humber that are tackling the economic downturn head on by creating jobs, boosting local businesses and nurturing budding entrepreneurial talent have just two weeks left to get in the running to be crowned the UK’s most enterprising place. 

Business Minister, Lord Mandelson, is calling for hotspots of innovation – places where a culture of enterprise is supporting and encouraging entrepreneurs and businesses, helping them to survive the downturn and emerge stronger on the other side – to enter the Enterprising Britain 2009 competition and have their efforts recognised on a national scale. 

The Enterprising Britain competition, a key part of the Government’s drive to create the right conditions for enterprise across the UK, is seeking out areas of enterprise excellence in Yorkshire & Humber, such as villages, towns, cities and neighbourhoods, with transformational success stories which deserve to be rewarded and shared. 

Launching the competition, Secretary of State for Business, Lord Mandelson, said:

“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.

"Enterprising Britain allows communities to share their experiences of innovation, inspire others and drive forward enterprise.”

The winner of last year’s hotly contested Enterprising Britain competition was Scarborough, where embedding a culture of enterprise resulted in the transformation of what was a seaside town in decline into a shining example of enterprise achievement.  Seasonal unemployment has been stamped out, new industry sectors created and more than £200m of private sector investment attracted.  This year, Enterprising Britain is encouraging business-led projects, along with those led by public and voluntary sector groups, from across Yorkshire & Humber which have transformed their local communities to enter the awards and gain recognition for their fantastic work.

Linda Pollard Deputy Chair of Yorkshire Forward and chair of the Regional Enterprising Britain selection panel said:

“Now more than ever, we need to tap into examples of what is working in places across Yorkshire and Humber in terms of supporting, encouraging and maintaining enterprise.  Entering the Enterprising Britain competition is your chance to shout about what you’ve achieved and to ensure that other small and medium sized businesses, communities and enterprise projects can learn from your successes.  The competition helps highlight and spread best practice in enterprise across the UK and I would encourage all the innovative projects out there that have used entrepreneurial spirit to make our region a better place to live and work, to enter and have a chance at being crowing the UK’s enterprise champion.” 

Enterprising Britain is free to enter and is open to all places in Yorkshire & Humber that can demonstrate the impact enterprise has had on their community over the past two years. To register interest and obtain application form contact Peter Ide of Yorkshire Forward by telephone on 01904 693335 or e mail .

Entries should be submitted by 27 April 2009 and the Regional winner will be announced at the end of May. The Regional winners from across the UK will compete with the National Winner being announced in October. 

The competition is run by Make Your Mark, on behalf of the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR), working in close partnership with the Yorkshire Forward.

Media Opportunities
• Case studies and photography from all Enterprising Britain 2008 finalists and the national winner are available from Katie Peden on 020 7612 8835 / 0786 750 5575 or email   

Notes to Editors
• Enterprising Britain is a nationwide competition that celebrates and recognises enterprise achievement throughout all the regions of the UK. For more information please visit
• Enterprising Britain is open to all places (in the UK) that can demonstrate how they have transformed the community through enterprise in the last two years. All entrants must represent an identifiable geographic area, such as a town, a city, a parish or neighbourhood and be able to demonstrate that enterprise is central to the economic and or social transformation of the place.  
• The competition runs nationally across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and operates in two stages: a regional nomination stage and a national competition between the regional finalists
• The regional heats for the competition run from 25 February to 29 May 2009. The 12 regional winners will be visited by members of the judging panel over the summer
• Last year Scarborough Renaissance Partnership won Enterprising Britain 2008 for its Waking Sleeping Beauty project which transformed the declining seaside town, stamping out seasonal unemployment, creating new industry sectors and attracting more than £200m of private sector investment along with hundreds of new jobs
• The Enterprising Britain 2007 winner was North Staffordshire Regeneration Zone ( and the runner-up was The Paper Trail
• The Enterprising Britain 2006 winner was West Kilbride Craft & Design Town. For more information go to
• The Enterprising Britain 2005 winner was Sherwood Energy Village, Ollerton. For more information go to
• The overall winner and runner-up of Enterprising Britain 2009 will be entered into a Europe-wide competition – the European Enterprise Awards.  For more information visit The European Enterprise Awards are inspired by the Enterprising Britain Competition, and aim to reward local and regional initiatives that are improving business prospects. The European Enterprise Awards are open to the 27 Member States of the European Union as well as Iceland, Norway and Turkey. 
• For further information on the Government’s enterprise policy, please contact the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform press office on 0207 215 5614 (0207 215 3505 for out-of-hours calls)