The Department for Business, Innovation & Skill (BIS) has named Burnley in Lancashire as the Most Enterprising Place in Britain as part of this year’s Enterprising Britain Awards, which honour and celebrate the best public initiatives and public-private partnerships that are work to promote business development in UK communities.
Burnley has been honoured for its continued support of small and medium sized businesses, as well as ensuring that Burnley is perceived as an attractive place for business.
An initiative called the Burnley Bondholders scheme is a network of more than a hundred local firms that collaborate to promote Burnley town as a place to live, work visit and invest. Using media channels, the consortium has succeeded in attracting GBP10m to the area, which the BIS said demonstrated that collaborative thinking can make a real difference.
The Burnley Bondholders scheme was one of a record number of 44 entries to this year’s Enterprising Britain Awards. The four awards also included the Promoting Enterprise award, won by The Premier League which is using its brand to provide tailored support for enterprise in local communities across the UK; the award for Promoting Exports was given to Hackney Council for its Hackney House initiative, which promoted the area as a place for inward investment; and the School/FE College Community Enterprise award went to Aberdeen College for successfully building enterprise into its core curriculum and embedding an entrepreneurial culture throughout the school.
Business and Enterprise Minister Michael Fallon said:
“The Burnley Bondholders scheme is reinvigorating the local economy and helping to change perceptions of Burnley. Initiatives like this are working hard to boost growth and thoroughly deserve recognition and the opportunity to represent the UK at the European Awards in November.
“These awards showcase the entrepreneurial spirit that can be found in local authorities, businesses, schools and colleges across the country.”
The Enterprising Britain Awards 2013 is being run on behalf of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills by Young Chamber.