Enterprising Britain Awards
Fife named the Most Enterprising Place in Britain for 2018 -
Small Business Minister Kelly Tolhurst named the winners of this year's Enterprising Britain Awards.
Fife in Scotland has been named the UK’s most enterprising region and other top accolades have gone to Darwen Aldridge Community Academy in Lancashire, Teesside University, Hounslow Chamber of Commerce and Fife Council.
Business Minister Kelly Tolhurst said:
“I’m proud to see a wealth of talent, creativity and innovation across the UK being recognised at the Enterprising Britain Awards. Entrepreneurialism is thriving in the UK, with more than 1,000 businesses starting up every day.
“Through our modern Industrial Strategy, we are boosting productivity by backing businesses to create good jobs and increase the earning power of people throughout the UK with investment in the skills, industries and infrastructure of the future.”
The Awards celebrate the work of public sector and UK Government-backed organisations that support and encourage entrepreneurial spirit, with entrants competing in four categories - Promoting Entrepreneurial Spirit, Building Enterprise Skills, Improving the Business Environment and Support for Exporting with the overall winner receiving the title of the Most Enterprising Place in Britain.
Regions across the UK competed for the coveted title of Most Enterprising Place in Britain at the fifteenth Enterprising Britain Awards, with Fife awarded the top honour this year. In addition to the Most Enterprising Place in Britain award, Fife Council won the Promoting Entrepreneurial Spirit category for its achievements which included supporting young people to develop entrepreneurial skills, get into education, training or employment and creating an environment and programmes that are helping businesses grow.
Darwen Aldridge Community Academy in Lancashire won the Building Enterprise Skills category and Teesside University won the Improving the Business Environment category. Hounslow Chamber of Commerce’s West London Export Club won the Support for Exporting category. Lambeth Council and Hull City Council’s MC4C (Making Changes for Careers) project were highly commended by judges.
Fife Council’s co-leaders, Cllr David Alexander and Cllr David Ross, said:
“These awards show what can be achieved by applying an innovative approach to supporting businesses. We are fully committed to continually improving the prospects for our young workforce and in supporting the growth of enterprise across Fife.
“We are delighted that Fife is rightfully getting recognition for creating an excellent environment to support our business community to develop and grow, which, in turn, are creating quality opportunities for our local communities.
“Fife Council and its business partners continue to work tirelessly to create fairer economic growth, where everyone benefits, provide good employment opportunities and secure investment in the region.”
Fife is playing a key part in developing two city deals in Scotland: Edinburgh and South East Scotland; and the Tay Cities. The UK Government, working with the Scottish Government and local partners, remains on track to agree a city deal with all 7 of Scotland’s great cities.
The award winners will be formally recognised at the Enterprising Britain Awards ceremony which will be held at a House of Commons reception on October 30.
Category winners are:
Promoting Entrepreneurial Spirit
Winner – Supporting Fife’s Entrepreneurial Journey - Fife Council
Building Enterprise Skills
Winner: Darwen Aldridge Community Academy, Lancashire.
Highly commended - MC4C (Making Changes for Careers) - Hull City Council
Improving the Business Environment
Winner - Teesside University
Highly commended - London Borough of Lambeth
Support for Exporting
Winner - Hounslow Chamber of Commerce West London Export Club
Most Enterprising Place in Britain – Fife Council
The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is the department for economic growth. The department invests in skills and education to promote trade, boost innovation and help people to start and grow a business. BEIS also protects consumers and reduces the impact of regulation. BIS is a ministerial department, supported by 45 agencies and public bodies.
Enterprising Britain Awards
If you live in an area with a thriving business community looking to grow and become a real force both here and abroad, then you could be living in the most enterprising place in the UK. Communities are being encouraged to come forward and take part in a nationwide competition that will see a town, city or area crowned as the country’s most enterprising place.
Investment in Young People
IiYP is a National Award that recognises the important contribution of employers in supporting a young person aged from 5 to 25 to understand the world of work and help them to gain the all important employability skills required to gain meaningful employment in the future. The IiYP Award is managed by IiYP Ltd who developed it as a follow on to their establishment of Young Chamber which is now being managed and overseen by the British Chambers of Commerce.