Burnley has been named the most enterprising area in the UK by the Government.
The accolade, awarded through the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, recognises the range of business, enterprise and economic development that's taken place in the town.
It is given to the ‘town, city, place or area that best demonstrates improving economic prospects and encourages enterprise... exhibiting pioneering examples of enterprise activity throughout their area; and providing role models to inspire other areas to be more enterprising’.
Councillor Julie Cooper, leader of Burnley Council, said: “This is fantastic news for Burnley.
“We are punching above our weight and we have big ambitions. Burnley is well on its way to forging a strong international reputation as a centre of excellence for manufacturing, particularly in the aerospace industry.
“This award reflects Burnley’s growing stature in showing the way to the rest of the country in promoting manufacturing in Britain and puts us on the map as a place where enterprise and innovation are thriving.
“It’s great that we’re the most enterprising area in Britain but it’s only the start."