Seeking: heroes of the downturn

Locations that are tackling the economic downturn head on by creating jobs, boosting local businesses and nurturing budding entrepreneurial talent have just three weeks left to enter the competition.

Secretary of State for Business Lord Mandelson says: "Enterprise is a long-term investment for the future and crucial for success in the current economic climate. In a downturn, it is more important than ever that entrepreneurs are supported and have the confidence they need to develop their ideas.

"Enterprising Britain allows communities to share their experiences of innovation, inspire others and drive forward enterprise."

The winner of last year’s competition was Scarborough. Seasonal unemployment has been stamped out, new industry sectors created and more than £200m of private sector investment attracted.

Carl Hopkins, entrepreneur and star of Channel 4’s Secret Millionaire, notes: "Now more than ever, we need to tap into examples of what is working in places across the country in terms of supporting, encouraging and maintaining enterprise.”

Enterprising Britain is free to enter and is open to all places in the UK that can demonstrate the impact enterprise has had on their community over the past two years. To register interest email your contact details to

Entries must be submitted by 30 April 2009 and the winner will be announced in October.

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