Hull named as most enterprising place in Britain
Aerial picture of Hull city centre
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 21 Sep 2017
Hull has been given a national award naming it as the most enterprising city in the country, following investment into training and education.
The City of Hull received an Improving the Business Environment Award in the Enterprising Britain Awards and was also given the title of the most enterprising place in Britain.
It takes the title from Birmingham in the awards which are now in their fourteenth year.
The awards celebrate the work of public sector organisations that support and encourage new entrepreneurs across the UK.
Judges said they were impressed by recent programmes in the city, including the Green Port Hull project, a £310m investment from Siemens and Associated British Ports centred around renewable energy.
There are now 5,000 more jobs and 6,800 more people in employment in the city compared to 2011. Most recent figures for August 2017 show a three percent decrease in the number of unemployed Hull residents compared to the same month last year.
Small Business Minister, Margot James, said: “The Enterprising Britain Awards are a fantastic reminder of what can be achieved when we bring together local knowledge and leadership to provide targeted support to entrepreneurs and the innovative businesses they build.
“I want to congratulate the City of Hull for their enormous success. They are a fantastic example of what can be achieved by applying an innovative approach to supporting businesses, and I wish them continued success.”
Councillor Martin Mancey, portfolio holder for economic investment, regeneration and planning, said: “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.
“Coming in the same year as Hull being the City of Culture this recognition will be another step forward for the city in creating the right environment to support our business community to develop and grow who in turn are creating quality opportunities for our communities.”
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