Hull named "Most Enterprising Place in Britain"

Wednesday 27 September 2017

Not only has Hull been named the City of Culture for 2017, it now has another credential to its name: the UK's most enterprising place. The city was given the title by the Enterprising Britain Awards for the work it has done to help the self-employed and small businesses to grow.

Margot James, the UK government's small business minister, announced Hull's win at the 14th Enterprising Britain Awards, which are held once per year. She praised the city, saying: "Small businesses are vital to our economy, and Hull is a great example of how the right support can have a huge effect on helping them to start and grow."

The awards, which are managed by Investment in Young People, are part of the government's plan to support entrepreneurial activity in the UK. The idea is to celebrate and encourage public-sector organisations for the work they do supporting small business growth across the country, and inspire others to follow their example.

Hull was awarded the title of "Most Enterprising Place in Britain" - a title previously held by Birmingham - for a number of reasons, but one of those highlighted was the city's £25.7 million Greenport Growth Programme. This scheme was designed to help small businesses in the renewables sector, enabling them to expand.

The four-year City Plan for Hull programme was also mentioned. This had a variety of goals, including encouraging an enormous amount of investment into the city from the private, public, voluntary and community sectors. This was one of the sources of funding for the Greenport Growth Programme.

Councillor Martin Mancey, portfolio holder for economic investment, regeneration and planning, said of the award: "I am absolutely delighted that Hull has been recognised as the most enterprising place in Britain.

"Over the last five years the Council and its many partners in the business world, local community and the government have worked to increase the city’s profile which in turn has seen us secure major investment in the city. This backdrop of investment has enabled us to work with significant numbers of new entrepreneurs to establish and grow their businesses."

Hull was also announced as the winner of the Improving the Business Environment award, showing how invested the city is in encouraging its entrepreneurs. Other organisations that were victorious at the Enterprising Britain Awards included North Tyneside Council in the Start-Up Spirit category, Business West for Support for Exporting and Brixton's Hatch Enterprise Incubator for Building Enterprise Skills.

By Victoria McDonnell

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