Burnley Most Enterprising Area in UK

27 August 2013

 Business leaders and Council welcome Government award

Recognition of efforts to date will only spur town on to continue developing jobs, training and economic opportunities

Burnley has won a prestigious national award.

The town is officially the ‘Most Enterprising Area in the UK’ in 2013.

The accolade, awarded through the Government Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, recognises and celebrates the range of business, enterprise and economic development work that has reshaped Burnley’s reputation.

It is given to the “town, city, place or area that best demonstrates improving economic prospects and encourages enterprise by best practice in supporting a stronger, more dynamic enterprise culture; exhibiting pioneering examples of enterprise activity throughout their area; and providing role models to inspire other areas to be more enterprising.”

Councillor Julie Cooper, leader of Burnley Council, said: “This is fantastic news for Burnley.

“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.

“It’s great that we’re the most enterprising area in Britain but it’s only the start.  It reflects what’s happening in our town but it’s nowhere near the end of the story.  Work which is underway to create an innovative aerospace ‘supply village’ in the former Michelin tyre factory is just one excellent example of how an old manufacturing  site that was symbolic of Britain’s industrial past is being transformed into a shining example of our country’s high-tech manufacturing future.

“Burnley, Britain’s most enterprising area – absolutely right.”

Many of the business and initiatives whose achievements have fed into the award are featured on Burnley’s Bondholder Network website: www.burnley.co.uk

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