European Enterprise Promotion Awards 2013

European Enterprise Promotion Awards 2013

Tue 26 November 2013

The Premier League Charitable Fund (United Kingdom), having won ‘The Organisation that best promotes enterprise’ category in the EBAs have made it through to the ‘Promoting Entrepreneurial Spirit’ category in the EEPAs.

“The Premier League Charitable Fund (United Kingdom) programme was set up to help teach 11-19 year olds the basic principles of business and self-employment. 135 000 pupils took part in its first two years, with more than 1 500 securing university entry-level qualifications as a result. Based around a 10-week course, the programme helps youth people understand business principles through a range of interactive learning opportunities, both in the classroom and at football stadia. PLEAs programmes have been established at 20 clubs, which have engaged with over 80,000 young people.”

The 2013 European Enterprise Promotion Awards shortlist was announced by a high-level jury representing business, government and academia who reviewed the 53 national winner entries and established a shortlist of 19 nominees in six categories.

The Shortlisted projects came from Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.

Seven winners will be announced at the 2013 SME Assembly, which takes place on 25-26 November in Vilnius, Lithuania.

About the European Enterprise Promotion awards

Since 2006, the European Enterprise Promotion Awards have rewarded excellence in promoting entrepreneurship and small business at a national, regional and local level. Over 2,500 projects have entered during this time, and have supported the creation of well over 10,000 new companies. The Awards' objectives are to create a greater awareness of the role entrepreneurs play in European society and encourage and inspire potential entrepreneurs. This is achieved by identifying and recognising successful activities and initiatives to promote enterprise and entrepreneurship, and then showcasing and sharing examples of best entrepreneurship policies and practices.

The Award Categories are:  Category 1: Promoting Entrepreneurial Spirit; Category 2: Investing in Skills; Category 3: Improving the Business Environment; Category 4: Supporting Business Internationalisation; Category 5: Supporting the Development of Green Markets and Resource Efficiency; Category 6: Responsible and Inclusive Entrepreneurship. There then follows an overall winner, last year’s Grand Jury’s Prize came from the category Economic development and business support and the winning organisation was YTKO (Outset) from the UK.

UK Grand Jury Award 2012 recipient YTKO: Promoting and raising desire for enterprise among hard-to-reach groups

Outset is designed to show the unemployed that self-employment and enterprise is a realistic alternative to unemployment. Specifically created to help the most vulnerable groups, including the long-term unemployed, recently redundant, and people with disabilities, the programme takes a unique approach to supporting start-ups.  It seeks to change beliefs about their ability to start a small business. Since the start of the programme, Outset has engaged with over 6,000 people.  Of those, 673 have started a business, together creating 890 jobs.