PEOPLE in Kirklees have emerged as an enterprising lot in a major regional report.
Figures from regional development agency Yorkshire Forward showed that more than 10% of households in the district have a family member running their own business.
The figure of 10.4% compareds with 9.5% for Yorkshire as a whole.
In addition, 5.3% of households in Kirklees are rated "affluent" with income exceeding £50,000 a year.
Only four other areas in Yorkshire - Harrogate, Hambleton, Selby and the East Riding - boast a higher percentage.
However, 41.7% of Kirklees Council wards are also ranked among the 20% most deprived areas in England.
Kirklees is ninth on the list of 15 Yorkshire local authority areas, with 10 out of its 24 wards among the country's most deprived.
Some 44.2% of pupils in Kirklees gained five or more GCSE A* to C grades in 2001 against 42.9% for the region.
But 14.56% of households in Kirklees have no educational qualifications - compared with 15.61% for Yorkshire as a whole.
And 26.8% of people in Kirklees have problems reading and writing while 27.8% have poor numeracy skills.
Among other findings, the report said Kirklees had 7.4 listed buildings per square kilometre - far above the regional average of two per sq km.
Some 70% of Kirklees residents own their homes against the regional average of 65.3%.
A spokesman for Yorkshire Forward said the report - Progress in the Region - showed the Yorkshire economy had fared "relatively well" with improvements in productivity and a fall in the number of firms going bust.
But he said the region faced "significant" challenges - including a continued decline in manufacturing employment and low levels of business confidence.
He said: "The region is performing well in terms of business start-ups and survival rates.
"Despite a poor national performance, the manufacturing sector in the region performed well in 2002 - with the region's share of exports also holding up well."
The report said Yorkshire remained one of the most popular regions for foreign investment - coming third out of 13 regions.
It also predicted strong growth for five sectors identified by Yorkshire Forward for special attention - advanced engineering and metals, chemicals, biosciences, digital industries and food and drink.
The report said their £10bn contribution to the £65bn regional economy was set to grow by 20% over the next 10 years.