Town in the running in enterprise contest
Feb 23 2008 by Henryk Zientek, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
HUDDERSFIELD is being asked to put its reputation for enterprise to the test.
The town which has been praised for the work of its university, its textile centre and its creative companies is in the running for recognition in the search to fund the most enterprising place in Yorkshire and Humber.
The winning village, town or city will go forward to national finals of Enterprising Britain 2008.
Now in its fourth year, the competition celebrates and rewards the most enterprising areas in the UK – those which have helped transform the social and economic fortunes of their area.
The contest is run by Make Your Mark on behalf of the Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and in partnership with regional development agency Yorkshire Forward.
Linda Pollard, deputy chairman of Yorkshire Forward, said: “Yorkshire and Humber has a strong enterprise culture and we are looking forward to showcasing our success stories in this year’s competition.
“Being part of the competition is a huge privilege and a fantastic opportunity to show the rest of the UK why our region is a great place to live and work.”
Last year’s regional winner was Broughton, near Skipton in North Yorkshire, which was recognised for a regeneration programme to reverse a trend of declining industries and rising unemployment to help set up 50 expanding businesses employing more than 600.
The deadline for entries is April 21. Twelve regional winners will be visited by a judging panel, including public relations expert Lynne Franks and entrepreneur and Dragon’s Den panellist Peter Jones who will pick the national winner.
Details can be found at www.enterprisingbritain.org.uk