Burnley named as Britain’s most enterprising town

Lancashire town receives Enterprising Britain award in recognition of Burnley Bondholders scheme for local businesses

The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has announced that Lancashire town Burnley has won the ‘most enterprising place’ award in the Enterprising Britain awards.

BIS said the town won the award largely on the success of its Burnley Bondholders scheme, in which a consortium of more than 100 local firms have worked together to market Burnley as a hub for business. Through the scheme, Burnley has attracted around £10m of new business to the area.

The government’s business department praised the town’s efforts and said the award was in recognition of how effective collaborative thinking can change perceptions and drive growth to an area.

Burnley was one of four category winners in this year’s awards, which aim to recognise the best public initiatives and public-private partnerships promoting business development in the UK.

The other category winners were:

  • The Premier League, which won the Promoting Enterprise category for its work in providing support to enterprise in local communities across the UK;
  • Hackney Council, which won the Promoting Exports award for its ‘Hackney House’ initiative, which aims to open up export opportunities for Hackney businesses;
  • Aberdeen College, which won the School/FE College Community Enterprise award for successfully integrating enterprise concepts into its core curriculum.

Commenting on Burnley’s success, business and enterprise minister Michael Fallon said: “The Burnley Bondholders scheme is reinvigorating the local economy and helping to change perceptions of Burnley.

“Initiatives like this are working hard to boost growth and thoroughly deserve recognition and the opportunity to represent the UK at the European Awards in November.”

Julie Cooper, leader of Burnley Council, added: “We are punching above our weight and we have big ambitions. Burnley is well on its way to forging a strong international reputation as a centre of excellence for manufacturing, particularly in the aerospace industry.

“This award reflects Burnley’s growing stature in showing the way to the rest of the country in promoting manufacturing in Britain and puts us on the map as a place where enterprise and innovation are thriving.”

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