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Hull named 'most enterprising place in Britain'

Hull has been named 'most enterprising place in Britain' Credit: Press Association

Hull has been named 'most enterprising place in Britain' in recognition of 'city-wide approach to investment in education and training programmes.'

The title was previously held by Birmingham - and was bestowed on Hull alongside an 'Improving the Business Environment Award' in the Enterprising Britain Awards.

The awards, which are now in their fourteenth year, celebrate the work of public sector organisations that support and encourage entrepreneurialism across the UK.

more jobs in Hull compared to 2011
more people in employment compared to 2011

The Green Port Hull project, a £310m investment from Siemens and Associated British Ports to begin to establish Hull and East Yorkshire as a world-class centre for renewable energy were cited among the reasons for the win.

The council says that schemes like the Hull Youth Support Trust, which has received over £160k in funding to reinvigorate a previously under-utilised council property into office space for young entrepreneurs, are proving a resounding success, leading to unprecedented numbers of businesses being formed.

Small Business Minister, Margot James, said:

“The Enterprising Britain Awards are a fantastic reminder of what can be achieved when we bring together local knowledge and leadership to provide targeted support to entrepreneurs and the innovative businesses they build.

I want to congratulate the City of Hull for their enormous success. They are a fantastic example of what can be achieved by applying an innovative approach to supporting businesses, and I wish them continued success.”

– Margot James, Small Business Minister

Councillor Martin Mancey, Portfolio Holder for Economic Investment, Regeneration and Planning, said:

“I am absolutely delighted that Hull has been recognised as the most enterprising place in Britain – over the last five years the Council and its many partners in the business world, local community and the government have worked to increase the city’s profile which in turn has seen us secure major investment in the city. This backdrop of investment has enabled us to work with significant numbers of new entrepreneurs to establish and grow their businesses.

“Coming in the same year as Hull being the City of Culture this recognition will be another step forward for the city in creating the right environment to support our business community to develop and grow who in turn are creating quality opportunities for our communities.”

– Councillor Martin Mancey, Hull City Council