Enterprising Scarborough


In 2009, Scarborough was awarded the title Most Enterprising Place in Europe, thanks to the Yorkshire Forward Renaissance programme. 

  • The town beat off 350 other entries from around Europe
  • The award proves Scarborough’s rebirth as a great place to live, work and invest
  • Scarborough had already won the 2008 Enterprising Britain competition.


Scarborough has been named the Most Enterprising Place in Europe at the Enterprising Europe Awards, 2009.

The town had already won BERR’s (now part of Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)) Enterprising Britain competition, in October 2008, automatically going through to the European awards. At the awards evening in Prague in May 2009, Scarborough beat off 12 other European finalists (including Helsinki, Valencia and Liège) to achieve first place after 350 projects from across Europe were whittled down to a shortlist of 13.

Scarborough was recognised for its recent transformation from tourist destination to enterprising hotspot. Achievements include: 

  • stamping out seasonal unemployment
  • diversifying to grow new industry sectors
  • attracting more than £200m of private-sector investment.

This has been achieved through the Renaissance programme supported by Yorkshire Forward. The Scarborough Renaissance Partnership comprises Scarborough Borough Council, local stakeholders, businesses, representatives from the local community and Yorkshire Forward.

What is Yorkshire Forward’s connection with this initiative?

Scarborough is part of Yorkshire Forward’s Urban Renaissance Programme.

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