Leslie Morrison, Chief Executive of Invest Northern Ireland recently announced that Belfast City Council is the regional winner of the Enterprising Britain competition.
Created by Gordon Brown, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the competition has been designed to select the UK city, region or place which can demonstrate that it has achieved a ‘step change’ in its approach towards supporting enterprise.
“I am absolutely delighted at the degree of interest this competition has generated. To build a truly enterprising culture in Britain we must open up enterprise to all. This competition will recognise the contributions of enterprise and the enterprising throughout the UK,” said Mr Brown, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Co-ordinated at a local level by Invest NI the award scheme was open to councils across Northern Ireland. The purpose of the competition is to help strengthen entrepreneurial culture throughout the UK by raising the profile of enterprise in all its many forms at a local, regional and national level.
“The calibre of entries was very strong however Belfast City Council emerged as the strongest contender with its dynamic approach to promoting enterprise. Over the past few years it has embarked upon an ambitious economic development plan which has had a significant impact on the city and its business landscape,” commented Leslie Morrison.
Councillor Chris McGimpsey, Chairman of Belfast City Council’s Economic Development Sub-Committee, commented:
“Belfast City Council is fully committed to making the city a better place in which to live, work, invest and do business. The Council has set out an ambitious framework within which to work until the end of 2006: this represents the Council’s commitment to drive economic competitiveness within Belfast, while underpinning efforts to consolidate economic and social cohesion. The Enterprising Britain regional award is fitting recognition of this commitment, the Council’s ongoing contribution to the development of Belfast and a platform for continuing work in this field”.
The announcement that Belfast City Council will go forward to represent Northern Ireland at a national level comes at the start of the first ever National Enterprise Week 15th -21st November, which has been created to celebrate the successes of business today and inspire young people to become the entrepreneurs of tomorrow.
Over 1,000 separate events have been planned nationally for the week to culminate in Northern Ireland with Invest NI’s ‘Celebration of Entrepreneurship’ on Thursday at the Waterfront Hall. Open to all and with free admission the event is primarily focused on inspiring young people to take up the business challenge and become successful entrepreneurs.