HUDDERSFIELD is bidding to become the UK's Capital for Enterprise.
The town is hoping to take the title by highlighting its achievements in the areas of business, the arts and community.
Examiner readers are today urged to back the bid by telling the bid team about shining examples of enterprise they have come across.
Leading organisations in the town have joined forces to table a powerful bid in the Enterprising Britain competition.
Regeneration company Huddersfield Pride is leading the bid with support from Kirklees Council, creative agency QT Media, the University of Huddersfield, Business Link West Yorkshire, and the Media Centre, which offers media workspace units in Northumberland Street.
The bid will be presented to regional development agency Yorkshire Forward next week.
The agency will select one bid from towns and cities competing across Yorkshire to represent the region in the national final.
Also in the regional running are Doncaster and Leeds.
The finalists in the Treasury-led contest will be announced in November.
The country's first-ever Capital for Enterprise will be named next spring.
Organisers believe Huddersfield has strong credentials to get "capital" status -the best example of enterprise in the country.
Tess Butler, executive director of Huddersfield Pride, said: "Huddersfield has an outstanding range of business enterprises and has established strong partnerships to help stimulate an enterprise culture in Huddersfield.
"We believe we can make a very strong case to Yorkshire Forward."
Toby Hyam, manager of the Media Centre at Northumberland Street, said: "This is a great opportunity for enterprising people in Huddersfield to be recognised for their contribution to the local economy, to employment and to their communities.
"We think it's time that the rest of Britain recognised Huddersfield as an outstanding example of enterprise, innovation and creativity."
The bid will include a short video about Huddersfield, an eight-page document detailing the town's achievements in enterprise and a website.
Huddersfield people have been urged to back the bid by contacting the Enterprise Huddersfield campaign team freephone 0800 111120 or visiting the www.madeinhuddersfield.net website to provide their own examples of enterprise in the town.
Mr Hyam said: "It could be an entrepreneurial youngster, a growing new business or a voluntary initiative that is making an innovative contribution to the community."