09 October 2012

Northamptonshire County Council has been awarded with a commemorative flag in celebration of the authority being named the most enterprising place in Britain.

The flag, given by the government’s department of Business, Skills and Innovation (BIS) will be raised outside County Hall.

The county council picked up the top award in BIS’s The Enterprising Britain competition which looked for the place that could best demonstrate a positive impact of enterprise on the community over the past two years.

The council won for its innovative approach to boosting prosperity in the county particularly its work in safeguarding the British Grand Prix at Silverstone and success in supporting local businesses through initiatives such as the INV-ENT scheme.

The authority also picked up an award for encouraging export through its work with Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership and the establishment of a European investment team based in Brussels.

Cllr Jim Harker, Leader of Northamptonshire County Council, said: “Being recognised as the most enterprising place in Britain is a tremendous accolade for Northamptonshire.

“Our innovative approach to bringing long term prosperity to the county is already generating investment and jobs and we now need to use this as a platform to build for further growth for the future.”

Northamptonshire County Council will now go on to represent the UK at this year’s European Enterprise Promotion Awards for ‘improving the business environment’.

The awards are run by the European Commission and take place in Nicosia, Cyprus on 15 November 2012, which is during Global Entrepreneurship Week.

For more information about how Northamptonshire County Council is helping boost economic development in the county, please visit www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/kickstart