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Final Call for the Most Enterprising Place to Live in Northern Ireland

Apr 14, 2006

The final call has gone out to find the most enterprising place to live in Northern Ireland!

Will it be Belfast, Derry, Ballymena or Fermanagh?

The answer will be revealed soon as the judging for the Northern Ireland regional heat of the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) ‘Enterprising Britain’ competition takes place next month.

Part of a nationwide competition to recognise and reward enterprise activity across the United Kingdom, DTI in conjunction with Invest Northern Ireland is looking for the town, city, place or area that best demonstrates the entrepreneurial spirit of the region.

Invest NI is also providing a £5,000 bursary to support the development of the regional winner’s project which will then go forward to compete in the UK finals of the competition.

Enterprising Britain 2006, run by DTI’s Small Business Service in partnership with the Regional Development Agencies and Devolved Administrations, aims to identify enterprise champions: places that have created jobs, brought communities together, and made a real difference to local businesses and local people.

Urging more entries to the competition Graham Davis, Director of Entrepreneurship at Invest NI said:

“It is not too late for anyone to enter this extremely worthwhile competition which will help raise the profile of the regional winner’s project as well as secure an additional source of funding.

“Northern Ireland has a long-standing tradition of producing world-class entrepreneurs who have helped to revolutionise the industries that they operate in. By highlighting some of our most enterprising areas we will hopefully encourage more people to take up the business challenge,” he continued.

The entrants will be judged by a panel of experts headed by Invest NI board member Debbie Boyd and the overall national winner will represent the UK at the European Enterprise Awards in 2006.

Entries must be received by May 5, for further information please visit www.investni.com/enterprisingbritain2006 or contact Ciara Lynch via email at ciara.lynch@investni.com , Tel: (028) 9069 8169.

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