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The British Midlands’ North Staffordshire region has been crowned the UK's best place to start up and run a business when it scooped the prestigious national Enterprising Britain Award in London.
The Enterprising North Staffordshire entry – led by the North Staffordshire Regeneration Zone (NSRZ) - beat off stiff competition from 11 other regeneration projects across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Enterprising Britain 2007 seeks to identify areas of exemplary enterprise excellence, those places that have created jobs, bought communities together, and made a real difference to local businesses and local people.
National judges, including internet spectacles entrepreneur James Murray Wells and officials from the UK Government Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform visited the area in the summer to see at first hand the huge spread of initiatives launched by the NSRZ, with financial backing from the British Midlands, to promote an enterprise culture in the area.
They not only visited thriving companies set up with support from NSRZ who were recruiting, expanding and helping to put North Staffordshire on the national map; but also visited schools where pupils had set up their own businesses. The project so far has seen the creation of 500 new businesses, over 1,000 new jobs, over 6,000 business advice sessions, 21 social enterprises created and over 7,500 young people given a real taste of enterprise.
Richard Barnes, Chair of the North Staffordshire Regeneration Zone commented," This award confirms North Staffordshire's fast growing Enterprise culture which, when added to the low cost of doing business and the excellent transport infrastructure, sets the area apart as an exceptionally attractive option for inward investment."To find out more about the opportunities available to your business in North Staffordshire email us.