This West Midlands city has been crowned the “most enterprising place” in Britain

The government has revealed the winning projects of its Enterprising Britain Awards; celebrating local initiatives which boost business and growth.

The government, as part of its annual Enterprising Britain Awards, has named Birmingham the “most enterprising” place in the country for having created the conditions necessary to “attract and retain entrepreneurs”.

Run on behalf of the department for business, energy and industrial strategy (DBIS), the awards looks to celebrate local initiatives which boost business and growth.

The winning project went to Birmingham City Council for having teamed up with six LEPs to produce its business support package to “improve confidence, encourage investment, and attract business talent” – the project is said to have supported 1,000 businesses and generated £87m in private sector investment.

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Liverpool John Moores University, the Borough of Broxbourne Council and Kent International Business also won awards for building enterprise skills, promoting entrepreneurial spirit and supporting exports, respectively.

Birmingham City Council and Liverpool John Moores University will now go forward as the UK entries to the European Enterprise Promotion Awards.

Small business minister, Margot James, said:

“We have 900,000 more small businesses than in 2010 and they have an important role to play in building an economy that works for all. It’s great to see the support available for business owners making a real difference and driving entrepreneurial spirit across the UK.

“These awards recognise the value of local support and show what can be achieved when people who know their community best make their own decisions.”

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