Procurement Fred Heritage · 22 September 2017
Hull named as Britain’s most enterprising place in 2017
The city of Hull has been named the most enterprising? city in the country at the Enterprising Britain Awards, because of its successful four-year programme to help local businesses to grow. Since 2013, the City Plan introduced in Hull has found employment for more than 6, 800 people, and its focus has been on securing jobs for economically excluded groups. Schemes introduced through Hull’s City Plan have ranged from supporting innovative projects to driving multi-million pound investments, across the private, public, voluntary and community-led sectors. Standout projects have included the successful 25.7m Greenport Growth programme, backed by the Regional Growth Fund, which helps local startups take advantage of opportunities in renewable energy, developing local business growth in that sector. More generally, Enterprising Britain Awards judges were impressed with Hull’s wide-ranging approach to encouraging entrepreneurs and small businesses. Announcing the winner of the awards now in their fourteenth year small business minister Margot James congratulated Hull for its achievements. ‘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, she said. Commenting on his city’s victory, the councilor for economic investment, regeneration and planning in Hull, Martin Mancey, said: Coming in the same year as the city being the City of Culture, this recognition will be another step forward for Hull in creating the right environment to support our business community. 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 Hull. this backdrop of investment has enabled us to work with significant numbers of new entrepreneurs to establish and grow their businesses.
ABOUT THE EXPERTFred Heritage
Fred Heritage was previously deputy editor at Business Advice. He has a BA in politics and international relations from the University of Kent and an MA in international conflict from Kings College London.