Scarbourough beats Britains best to become UK enterprise capital
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Released 20 Oct 2008
Scarborough was today, 20 October 2008, named the enterprise capital of the
UK beating stiff competition from enterprising places across the country in this
year's Enterprising Britain competition.
Following a nationwide search the Scarborough Renaissance Partnership,
leaders of the town's bid to secure the Enterprising Britain accolade, was
rewarded at a ceremony in Downing Street for its Waking Sleeping Beauty project,
which has transformed the declining seaside town into a shining example of
Enterprising Britain 2008 is a national competition that celebrates and
recognises the most enterprising places in the UK. Run by the Mark Your Mark
campaign on behalf of the Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory
Reform, it is a key part of the Government's drive to increase British
entrepreneurship and identifies areas of enterprise excellence: those places
that have created jobs, forged links in communities, and improved the local
climate for businesses and residents.
In 2002 unemployment in Scarborough was twice the North Yorkshire average.
More than a third of residents were living in neighbourhoods among the 20% most
deprived in the country and seasonal unemployment was severe at 20% in the
winter months. Prompted by this situation, local businesses and residents,
supported by the council and Regional Development Agency, united to form the
Scarborough Renaissance Partnership, aiming to halt the spiral of decline.
Achievements in the past six years have included seasonal unemployment being
stamped out, new industry sectors being created and developed and an influx of
more than £200m of private sector investment, bringing hundreds of new jobs.
Scarborough's enterprise strategy focused on diversifying the economy,
weaning it off its dependence on the declining tourism and fishing industries.
Existing businesses have capitalised on the physical regeneration of the
harbourside while ventures such as Woodend Creative Workspace have seen a boom
in start-ups. Every £1 invested by the public sector has attracted £10 of
private sector investment in the town. Scarborough's image has radically
changed. The introduction of Freebay WiFi along the coast means visitors and
businesses alike can stay connected and the development of sectors such as
surfboard manufacturing has resulted in a much more creative, cultural feel to
the town. Investors have been attracted and speculative property developers are
moving in, something which would have been unheard of a few years ago.
Minister for Competitiveness and Small Business, Shriti Vadera, said:
"Enterprise remains the backbone of our economy, with 4.7 million businesses
last year contributing more than 50 per cent to the UK's turnover.
The Scarborough Renaissance Partnership, winner of this year's Enterprising
Britain Award 2008 has established a strong enterprise culture in the region,
created jobs and stamped out seasonal unemployment - all the more vital during
these uncertain global economic times.
I would therefore like to congratulate the partnership on their success and
for their hard work in establishing the Waking Sleeping Beauty programme".
Peter Jones, BBC TV Dragon and national Enterprising Britain judge, said:
"Scarborough is a town with enterprise in its blood. The Waking Sleeping
Beauty name is very apt: this is a town that has learnt to tap into its latent
entrepreneurial talent and harness it with tremendous results. Scarborough's
story is really compelling and the visible impact of renaissance clear - the
creation and growth of a thriving creative and digital industry where one
previously did not, and could not have, existed is a huge achievement. This
sector now accounts for 19% of Scarborough's economy having taken over from
tourism. Its success deserves to be celebrated."
Adrian Riley relocated his small business, Electric Angel Design, to
Scarborough from Bradford in 2003 following the launch of Waking Sleeping
Beauty. He has been at the forefront of the creative and digital sector's
development and expansion in Scarborough and co-founded the Creative Coast
enterprise network of local businesses. Adrian recently took on a graduate of
Scarborough's local Further Education College as a business partner,
demonstrating the town's commitment to retaining and developing young talent. He
"Scarborough has surprised us - the energy and enthusiasm is infectious and
has certainly influenced our approach to running a business here. It's been a
superb move for us."
Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, Angela Eagle MP, said:
"The Scarborough Renaissance Partnership has brought the public, private and
community sectors together and has shown how Government's Enterprise policy,
combined with an entrepreneurial spirit, can help to transform local economies,
providing jobs and growth at a time of global economic uncertainty.
The UK has one of the most enterprising economies in the world making it one
of the best places to start and grow a business. This success has been built up
at a local level by development of successful partnerships such as the Waking
Sleeping Beauty programme which have taken advantage of the highly
entrepreneurial environment which this Government has put in place."
Twelve finalists, one from each of the Regional Development Agencies and
Devolved Administrations, were shortlisted for the competition final in June and
visited by Enterprising Britain judges over the summer.
Herefordshire received Enterprising Britain 2008 the runner-up award for the
way the Council has brought about sustainable prosperity in the county while
Furness' bid, led by Furness Enterprise, was highly commended for its focus on
supporting and growing social enterprise in the rural North West.
For further information on the Enterprising Britain competition please visit
http://www.enterprisingbritain.org or contact Katie Peden at Geronimo
Communications on 0786 750 5575
For further information on the involvement of the Regional Development
Agencies (RDAs) in Enterprising Britain, contact Alison Culshaw at the RDA
Secretariat; Tel 020 7654 1552
For further information on the European Enterprise Awards please visit
http://www.european-enterprise -awards.org/ or contact Nicola Green at
Geronimo Communications on 020 7299 8764 / 07863 543 951
For further information on the Government's enterprise policy, please contact
the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform press office Tel:
0207 215 5614.
* Enterprising Britain is a nationwide competition that celebrates and
recognises enterprise achievement throughout all the regions of the UK. For more
information please visit
* Enterprising Britain is open to all places (in the UK) that can demonstrate
how they have transformed the community through enterprise in the last two
years. All entrants must represent an identifiable geographic area, such as a
town, a city, a parish or neighbourhood and be able to demonstrate that
enterprise is central to the economic and or social transformation of the place.
* The competition runs nationally across England, Scotland, Wales and
Northern Ireland and operates in two stages: a regional nomination stage and a
national competition between the regional finalists
* The regional heats ran from 18 February 2008 to 31 May 2008. The 12
finalists were visited by members of the judging panel over the summer
* The Enterprising Britain 2007 winner was North Staffordshire Regeneration
Zone (http://www.nsrz.org) and
the runner-up was The Paper Trail
* The Enterprising Britain 2006 winner was West Kilbride Craft & Design Town.
For more information go to
* The Enterprising Britain 2005 winner was Sherwood Energy Village, Ollerton.
For more information go to
* The overall winner and runner-up of Enterprising Britain 2007 were entered
into a Europe-wide competition - the 'European Enterprise Awards'
* The European Enterprise Awards are inspired by the Enterprising Britain
Competition, and aim to reward local and regional initiatives that are improving
business prospects. The Awards are open to the 25 Member States of the European
Union as well as Bulgaria, Iceland, Norway, Romania and Turkey
* The Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform helps UK
business succeed in an increasingly competitive world. It promotes business
growth and a strong enterprise economy, leads the better regulation agenda and
champions free and fair markets. It is the shareholder in a number of
Government-owned assets and it works to secure, clean and competitively priced
* The finalists of Enterprising Britain 2008 are: Heart of Hawick, Furness
Enterprise, Herefordshire Council, UK Centre for Carnival Arts, Menter Mon,
BioCity Nottingham, Millbrook Technology Campus, Plymouth Business Growth,
Ashton Community Trust, Tynedale Enterprise Network, Scarborough Renaissance
Partnership - Waking Sleeping Beauty and Wandsworth Youth Enterprise Centre
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