Mon 20 June 2016
Enterprising Britain Awards 2016 - Shortlist
Category - Promoting Entrepreneurial Spirit
Belfast City Council
Belfast City Councils programme of enterprise awareness initiatives was developed to support a culture of entrepreneurship, stimulate the levels of entrepreneurial activity and increase the number of small business start ups within the Belfast City Council boundary. This year’s programme of support incorporated a range of activity including enterprise awareness events on Global Entrepreneurship week and a programme of support called ‘Start by Doing’.
Borough of Broxbourne Council
Ambition Broxbourne has been developed by the Borough Council as a brand, strategy and mantra to galvanise local and strategic partners around a common vision and prioritised delivery plan for creating sustainable employment (6,300 new jobs by 2030) and rebalancing the economy towards higher paid jobs within the life sciences and creative sector.
Inspiring the Vale Bursary – Vale of Glamorgan Council
The Inspiring the Vale Bursary is designed to reduce young people migrating away from the area. It offers bursaries for individuals and groups of young people aged 30 years old or under intending to start a new business or community enterprise in the Vale of Glamorgan (funded by the Waterloo Foundation) along with support workshops and mentoring.
Building Enterprise Skills
Belfast Enterprise Academy
Belfast Enterprise Academy (BEA) is a holistic enterprise programme developed to address the low levels of graduate entrepreneurship in Belfast. The programme has now completed its seventh year and has engaged a total of 146 students from the Belfast City Council area and has supported the development of 50 new businesses to date, creating over 50 additional jobs. The programme is run in partnership with the HE providers in Belfast: Queen’s University, Ulster University and Belfast Metropolitan College and is dependent on a private/public sector delivery model.
Brighton Aldridge Community Academy
The Brighton Aldridge Community Academy (BACA) is sponsored by The Aldridge Foundation. This is an educational charity which helps young people to reach their potential and improve their communities, principally through the sponsorship of entrepreneurial academy schools. The Aldridge Foundation support schools and communities where a higher than average proportion of students are described as disadvantaged. The Team Academy Project focuses on providing the students with a high quality academic education, alongside the key attributes needed to succeed in employment, self-employment or further study.
The LIMU Enterprise Educators Academe
The Enterprise Educators Academe has trained and supported over 300 staff of all disciplines to embed Enterprise Skills competencies into the entire University Curriculum for maximum impact. Enterprise skills is now embedded in the degree pathway of over 17000 students in over one hundred and fifty degree pathways, and this model is being rolled out to other educational institutions within the City. The enterprise skills framework and the industry specific challenges ensure that these competencies are tested and learning through dealing with live practice challenges requiring entrepreneurial change.
Improving the Business Environment
Birmingham City Council’s (BCC) £93m Business Support Package
Birmingham continues to aspire to improve economic prosperity by stimulating growth of business enterprise. This necessitated the development of a new operating model. Over the period 2012-2015, Birmingham City Council successfully delivered a market led £93m portfolio of business enterprise activities funded through Government (RGF) and Europe (ERDF). Working in collaboration with the 6 West Midland LEPs the aim was to create the conditions to improve entrepreneurial confidence; encourage investment, attract and retain entrepreneurs and create new job opportunities.
Buckinghamshire Business First. The story so far ….
BBF was created by businesses, for businesses, to enable the local business community to play a key role in helping to shape the future economy of the county and to help businesses thrive and prosper. BBF aims to re-establish the kind of business-led civic leadership that was so prevalent in Victorian times, but that has largely been eroded in recent years. Perhaps exceptionally for an enterprise support organisation of this type, BBF’s board is composed solely of successful business people, all of whom run or own a company in the county. Uniquely, all the companies on the board have co-invested their own money in the project, to create a business led, business focused organisation that is capable of reacting quickly to the needs of business.
Opportunity Peterborough’s remit since June 2011 has been to drive the economic development of Peterborough. As a private not-for-profit company, wholly owned by Peterborough City Council, Opportunity Peterborough sits in a rare position between private, public and third sector partners, fundamentally working to increase job creation through enterprise growth. Recognising the importance of driving economic success through indigenous company growth, Opportunity Peterborough is combining traditional economic development mechanisms with innovative, integrated initiatives which has seen the local business environment flourish over the last two years.
Warwickshire Rural Growth Network
With an emphasis on growth and innovation, the Warwickshire Rural Growth Network was specifically designed to help existing businesses to grow whilst providing support for new start-ups (with a particular focus on supporting women-led enterprises). The RGN delivered an integrated and flexible package of support for businesses in rural areas.
Support for Exporting
Kent International Business
Kent International Business (KIB) is an umbrella programme which brings together various support services, initiatives and projects which aim to help Kent-based companies to export and access overseas business opportunities. The KIB partnership is led by Kent County Council (KCC) and includes UKTI SE, Enterprise Europe Network, Chambers of Commerce, IOD & FSB Kent, higher education and professional services such as HSBC bank.
Lincolnshire County Council
Lincolnshire features a large number of enterprising businesses, often manufacturing products that are recognised across the world and which have resulted from substantial innovation. However, levels of exporting in the county are currently low with 14% of the county's businesses trading internationally (ten years ago the figure was 19%). Lincolnshire County Council has worked with the government's UK Trade and Industry to establish a major export support programme.
Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce International Trade Service
Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce delivers the UKTI contract for Staffordshire, through a team of eight International Trade advisers who work with businesses of all sizes across all sectors. The level of support provided is always bespoke to each company. Working closely with the UKTI team is the chambers’ Export Documentation Team which provides a fast, efficient service, advising companies on the documentation required for any given country.