Hunt for Northern Ireland's Most Enterprising Place

The search is on for Northern Ireland’s most enterprising place as the Enterprising Britain 2010 competition gets underway.

Part of a nationwide competition organised by the Department of Trade and Industry, Enterprising Britain is delivered locally by Invest Northern Ireland to recognise and reward the town, city, place or area that is successfully creating jobs, boosting local business and nurturing entrepreneurial talent as the UK emerges from the recession.

Last year, Team Derry was named Northern Ireland’s most enterprising place for its work in championing the city as an enterprise hub. North West Marketing and Derry City Council’s Economic Development Section formed a partnership to address the issues faced by the area and have succeeded in making a significant impact in addressing the social and economic needs of the community.   

Bill Scott, Director of Regional Economic Development at Invest NI said: “The Enterprising Britain competition is a great opportunity to showcase the entrepreneurial spirit of Northern Ireland and encourage more local people to get involved in enterprise. This type of initiative is particularly important during challenging economic times as it celebrates enterprise and business development.

“The Enterprising Britain competition is a key part of the UK Government’s drive to create the right conditions for enterprise across the UK. It seeks out areas which have embedded a culture of supporting and encouraging their entrepreneurs and businesses.”

For the first time this year, the competition will expand into five categories to include Enterprise Culture, Driving Entrepreneurial Skills, Business Support and Start-up, Global Entrepreneurship, and Social Cohesion. Organisations can enter any or all of the categories and regional winners go on to the national finals later in the year.

Entries for the Northern Ireland competition must be submitted on-line at by 31 May 2010.The judges will be looking for a town, city or place in Northern Ireland that has best improved the economic prospects of the region and encouraged enterprise activities.