Birmingham has been crowned with the title of the most enterprising place in Britain by the Enterprising Britain Awards.
Birmingham City Council’s Business Support Package scheme won the Improving Business Environment category in the 2016 awards.
The scheme saw the council team up with six Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) to attract business and investment. To date the project has generated £87 million in investment, supported 1,000 businesses and is safeguarding 4,300 jobs.
Commenting on their win, council leader John Clancy said, “Birmingham is fantastic place to do business and this award shows that when we work together and invest in people, the city really can thrive.
“The Business Support Package has been a huge success and it’s so rewarding to see businesses playing their part in boosting the city economy and that of the wider region.
“We’re supporting Birmingham’s natural creativity and entrepreneurial drive to create jobs, improve skills and give people across the city the opportunities they need and deserve.”
Companies to benefit from the project include Kingswinford-based Westfield Sports Cars, which invested in new manufacturing equipment.
“There is a great entrepreneurial spirit that exists within Greater Birmingham and Solihull”
Saqbi Bhatti, director of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP, said, “There is a great entrepreneurial spirit that exists within Greater Birmingham and Solihull and this programme has helped to provide the necessary conditions to improve confidence, encourage investment and stimulate economic growth.”
The awards are part of the Government’s scheme to boost small business and entrepreneurship in Britain. They are managed by Investment for Young People on behalf of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
Small business minister, Margot James, said, “We have 900,000 more small businesses than in 2010 and they have an important role to play in building an economy that works for all. It’s great to see the support available for business owners making a real difference and driving entrepreneurial spirit across the UK.
“These awards recognise the value of local support and show what can be achieved when people who know their community best make their own decisions. Congratulations to all four winners.”
Birmingham City Council will now be entered into the European Enterprise Promotion Awards.
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