The search is on for the town, city, place, or area that is best improving economic prospects and encouraging enterprise; the organisation which best promotes enterprise; and the organisation that has been the most successful in encouraging businesses to export.
UK Business and Enterprise Minister Mark Prisk said:
“There are some fantastic enterprises across the UK that are starting up and growing to become real forces in business. Despite the difficult economic conditions, there are many entrepreneurs willing and able to make their business a success, helping to boost the economic growth of their local area and the UK.
“We want to make 2012 the year of enterprise. This is a great opportunity for local authorities and businesses to come together and show that they are creating a vibrant environment to allow enterprise to thrive.”
The competition is free to enter and is open to all places in the UK that can demonstrate the impact enterprise has had on their community in the past two years.
The three categories in this year’s awards are:
- the most enterprising place in the UK
- the organisation that best promotes enterprise
- the organisation most successful in encouraging businesses to export.
Two of the three winners will represent the UK at the European Enterprise Promotion Awards taking place in Nicosia, Cyprus on 15 November 2012, during the SME and Global Entrepreneurship Week.
Previous UK winner, Scarborough, went on to win the European Grand Jury Prize in 2009.
For more information on how to apply click here.
Closing date for entries: midday on 30 May 2012.
Winners will be announced on 16 July.