Birmingham City Council - Most Enterprising Place 2016

Birmingham City Council - Most Enterprising Place 2016

Mon 16 January 2017

2017 – Will your area or project to be named the Most Enterprising Place in Britain? Check out Birmingham City Council who were the proud winners 2016.

Birmingham has been named the ‘Most Enterprising Place in Britain’ by the 2016 Enterprising Britain Awards, Small Business Minister Margot James announced today.

The winning project saw Birmingham City Council team up with six Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) to improve confidence, encourage investment, and attract and retain business talent. It supported 1,000 businesses, generating £87 million in private sector investment and creating or safeguarding 4,300 jobs, as part of the ambitious plans to build a Midlands Engine for Growth.

Companies to benefit from the project include Westfield Sports Cars which accelerated production of a new prototype vehicle and Induction Technology Group which invested in new manufacturing equipment, leading to an increase in global sales.

Birmingham has been named the ‘Most Enterprising Place in Britain’ by the 2016 Enterprising Britain Awards.

Birmingham City Council leader John Clancy said: “Birmingham is fantastic place to do business and this award shows that when we work together and invest in people, the city really can thrive.

“In partnership with the LEPs, the Business Support Package has been a huge success and it’s so rewarding to see businesses playing their part in boosting the city economy and that of the wider region.

“We’re supporting Birmingham’s natural creativity and entrepreneurial drive to create jobs, improve skills and give people across the city the opportunities they need and deserve.”

Saqbi Bhatti, Board Director, Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP Said: “We are delighted that the success of the Business Growth programme has been recognised nationally, our work with Birmingham City Council, the six West Midlands LEPs has helped to foster an even stronger environment for start-ups. There is a great entrepreneurial spirit that exists within Greater Birmingham and Solihull and this programme has helped to provide the necessary conditions to improve entrepreneurial confidence, encourage investment and stimulate economic growth.”

If you would like to apply for the 2017 competition then watch this space as the Enterprising Britain Awards 2017 will be launched very shortly.