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News: Our national programme, Are You Ready? wins Best Enterprise Support Award!

Posted on: October 4th, 2011

On Monday 3rd October at the Hilton Tower Bridge hotel, Rotherham-based   enterprise education programme Are You Ready? was announced as the winner of   the StartUp Britain ‘Best Enterprise Support Award’ sponsored by Ernst & Young.

The award recognises programmes targeting regional growth and enterprise, but   which have the capacity for scaling nationally. It was open to start-ups or individuals   that may have had a positive social and economic impact in their region,     are sustainable, and have been running for less than three years.

Are You Ready? is a national, 4-19 enterprise programme based on the ground-     breaking work of their local flagship project – Rotherham Ready.  The Are You Ready? campaign aims to prepare young people for the challenges and opportunities of life in the 21st century by inspiring teachers to integrate enterprise skills and culture into the life and curriculum of schools and colleges.

Secret Millionaire and social entrepreneur Carl Hopkins gave his backing to the pioneering programme by becoming a founding patron in June 2011.

Representatives from the Are You Ready? team were presented the award by Business Secretary Vince Cable. He said: “Enterprise is the lifeblood of our economy and the people represented in this competition show just how much British entrepreneurs can achieve.”

Judges of the competition were impressed by the fact the initiative is “scalable and easy to replicate in other countries.” Are You Ready? have successfully replicated the Rotherham model of developing enterprise in Hull, North Lincolnshire, Calderdale and Scarborough, with additional training planned to be delivered across the UK.