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for recession-fighting hotspots to stake their claim as champions of
which are tackling the economic downturn head on by creating jobs,
boosting local businesses and nurturing budding entrepreneurial
talent have just three weeks left to get in the running to be
crowned the UK's most enterprising place. Business Minister, Lord
Mandelson, is calling for hotspots of innovation - places where a
culture of enterprise is supporting and encouraging entrepreneurs
and businesses, helping them to survive the downturn and emerge
stronger on the other side; to enter the Enterprising Britain 2009
competition and have their efforts recognised on a national scale.
The Enterprising Britain competition, a key part of the Government's
drive to create the right conditions for enterprise across the UK,
seeks out areas of enterprise excellence, such as villages, towns,
cities and neighbourhoods, with transformational success stories
which deserve to be rewarded and shared.
Launching the competition, Secretary of State for Business, Lord
Mandelson, said:- "Enterprise is a long-term investment for
the future and crucial for success in the current economic climate.
In a downturn, it is more important than ever that entrepreneurs are
supported and have the confidence they need to develop their ideas.
Enterprising Britain allows communities to share their experiences
of innovation, inspire others and drive forward enterprise."
The winner of last year's hotly contested Enterprising Britain
competition was Scarborough, where embedding a culture of enterprise
resulted in the transformation of what was a seaside town in decline
into a shining example of enterprise achievement. Seasonal
unemployment has been stamped out, new industry sectors created and
more than £200m of private sector investment attracted. This year,
Enterprising Britain is encouraging business-led projects, along
with those led by public and voluntary sector groups, which have
transformed their local communities to enter the awards and gain
recognition for their fantastic work.
Carl Hopkins, entrepreneur and star of Channel 4's Secret
Millionaire, visited Scarborough for the competition's launch. He
said:- "Now more than ever, we need to tap into examples of
what is working in places across the country in terms of supporting,
encouraging and maintaining enterprise. Entering the Enterprising
Britain competition is your chance to shout about what you've
achieved and to ensure that other small and medium sized businesses,
communities and enterprise projects can learn from your successes.
The competition helps highlight and spread best practice in
enterprise across the UK and I would encourage all the innovative
projects out there that have harnessed entrepreneurial spirit to
make Britain a better place to live and work, to enter and have a
chance at being crowing the UK's enterprise champion."
Enterprising Britain is free to enter and is open to all places in
the UK that can demonstrate the impact enterprise has had on their
community over the past two years. To register interest
email your contact.
Entries must be submitted by 30 April 2009 and the winner will be
announced in October. The competition is run by Make Your Mark, on
behalf of the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory
Reform (BERR), working in close partnership with the Regional
Development Agencies (RDAs) and the Devolved Administrations of
Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
THE media is
reporting that the UK is moving towards a voluntary car scrap
scheme. On paper this sounds like a good idea, but in reality it
will see an even higher cost to low income families according to
some critics. They have pointed out that the probably payment of
£2,000 to trade in cars over a certain age, is just to help to
stimulate the new car industry. The government has argued that, not
only will it boost new car sales, but also that the environment
benefits will be massive, by replacing old, more polluting vehicles
with cleaner, more efficient ones. Many feel that we could expect to
see a drop in old cars on the roads. Yet, with the economic problems
resulting from the banks reluctances to issue loans, we might in
fact see a drop in new cars on the road as well. The result could
also see a large reduction in the availability of older, cheaper
cars for low-income families. Good news for the environment you
might think, but government's environmental credentials are not
universally accepted. Many environmentalists echo the Green Party's
Peter Cranie, who has told the media:- "This scheme won't
create jobs and it won't help the environment. All that you're going
to get is a switch to more polluting, bigger vehicles. And that's
not going to help anyone." A similar scheme in Germany has
seen a large rise in demand for new cars. Adding weight to the
Government's idea would be that both France and Italy have
introduced car scrap schemes to boost their beleaguered car
industries, but many have also pointed out that we lost our last,
British owned, mass manufacturer, Rover, a few years ago. This has
lead many to worry that we do not have any control over the
development of the technology for more fuel-efficient vehicles but
that we are now helping to fund, through loans to major automotive
companies. On paper, whilst it may sound good, we now have no
control over this technology, in which we have invested and
importantly, no way to stop plants closing and moving production
abroad... Is this a wise move? What do you think about this?
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