Enterprising Britain Award 2012

Enterprising Britain awards 2012The business and enterprise minister Mark Prisk has announced a new nationwide competition to find the best enterprise in Britain.

He is calling on entrepreneurs from across the UK to nominate their town, city or region — asking them to demonstrate why their area is a hotspot for innovation and show how it supports small businesses, entrepreneurs and start-ups.

The Enterprising Britain Award will also recognise the organisation that best promotes enterprise and the body that is most successful in encouraging businesses to export.

Mark Prisk said:

“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. This is a fantastic opportunity for a community to gain the recognition they deserve.”

“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.”

In particular, the awards seek to identify the place or organisation that best promotes enterprise through:

  • Young people, women, the unemployed and other disadvantaged communities
  • Promoting the image of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurs
  • Encouraging an entrepreneurial culture through events and campaigns.

Two of the three winners will go on to represent the UK at the European Enterprise Promotion Awards in Cyprus on 15 November 2012, during Global Entrepreneurship Week. Previous UK winner, Scarborough, won the European Grand Jury Prize in 2009.

Enterprising Britain is free to enter and you can register your interest by emailing your contact details to enterprisingbritain@bis.gsi.gov.uk. Entries must be submitted by 30 May 2012 and the winners of each category will be announced on 16 July 2012.

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