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Published on 25-07-14

Two "enterprising" UK projects have made it onto the shortlist for the 2014 European Enterprise Promotion Awards. Manchester's City Council's Sharp Project and the Primary to Professional scheme led by Gower College in Swansea outshone hundreds of competitors from across 31 competing countries to reach the final cut of 22 projects. The European awards recognise excellence in promoting entrepreneurship and small business at a local, regional and national level.

    Enterprising UK projects make European shortlist

    The Sharp Project has seen the conversion of a redundant distribution centre into a media hub for more than 60 companies, including those specialising in digital content production, digital media and TV and film production. The aim of the project is to reduce barriers that prevent creative and digital businesses from growing, creating work and generating wealth.

    The Primary to Professional project led by Gower College Swansea in partnership with Swansea Council, the Welsh Government, primary and secondary schools, higher education providers, Tech Hub and other business partners, seeks to build the enterprise skills of young people.  The project provides bespoke courses for all budding entrepreneurs, from primary school children through to 18-30 year olds, with the aim of developing entrepreneurial spirit and skills across Swansea.

    Both projects have already received recognition having won separate categories in the UK's Enterprising Britain Awards.  The Sharp Project came top in the ‘Improving the Business Environment" category for its success in helping to create the business environment needed for small digital businesses to start and grow. Whilst Swansea's innovative education project excelled in the "Developing Enterprise Skills" category.

    Hundreds of projects competed across some 31 countries in national competitions for a chance to represent their country for the European Enterprise Promotion Awards.

    From the shortlist of 22 projects - chosen by a high-level jury representing business, government and academia – winners will be selected for each of the six categories:

    promoting the entrepreneurial spirit

    - investing in entrepreneurial skills

    - improving the business environment

    - supporting the internationalisation of business

    - supporting the development of green markets and resource efficiency

    - responsible and inclusive entrepreneurship

    The winners will be announced during European SME Week at the SME Assembly on 2 October 2014 in Naples, Italy, to which all nominees will be invited.

    One project will also receive the prestigious Grand Jury Prize which will be awarded by Ferdinando Nelli Feroci, the newly appointed Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship.


    Since their launch in 2006 by the Commission', the European Enterprise Promotion awards have supported the creation of more than 10,000 new companies.

    The awards were designed to identify and recognise the most successful promoters of enterprise and entrepreneurship around Europe, showcase best entrepreneurship policies and practices, raise awareness of the added value of entrepreneurship and encourage and inspire potential entrepreneurs. 

    A record number of 31 countries entered the European awards this year including 28 EU member states, Iceland, Serbia and Turkey.

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