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News: Rotherham Council short listed by NESTA to explore taking award winning enterprise education programme across the UK

Posted on: August 4th, 2011

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council has been short-listed to take part in the innovative ‘Creative Councils’ programme to explore replicating the award winning enterprise education programme ‘Rotherham Ready’ across the UK.

Rotherham was one of just 17 council’s from across the UK that was selected to work intensively with the National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts (NESTA) and the LG Group over the coming months to challenge and develop their ideas, before five are selected to receive financial and non-financial support to put them into practice.

The Creative Councils programme, which launched in April, will support pioneering councils to develop, implement and spread transformational new approaches to meeting some of the biggest medium and long-term challenges facing communities and local services.

Rotherham Borough Council submitted an idea to explore how the borough’s award winning enterprise education programme – Rotherham Ready – could be replicated nationally, creating a culture of enterprise in education.

Rotherham has a unique borough wide strategy for developing a culture of enterprise. Rotherham Ready, part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, promotes enterprise and entrepreneurship throughout education and then Rotherham Youth Enterprise supports young people to start businesses in the town, with 232 youth businesses launched in the last five years.

This approach led to Rotherham being crowned ‘The Most Enterprising Place in Britain’ last November, beating off stiff competition from across Great Britain in the prestigious Enterprising Britain competition, headed up by Dragon’s Den Star, Peter Jones.

‘Ready’ programmes have been developed in other parts of Yorkshire and the Humber, supported by the Young People’s Enterprise Forum. Hull Ready, North Lincolnshire Ready, Calderdale Ready and Scarborough Ready have all been launched. Rotherham Ready recently launched a national brand – ‘Are You Ready?’ – supported by Channel 4’s Secret Millionaire, Carl Hopkins.

“It’s fantastic news that our borough wide approach to enterprise is recognised as having potential to transform communities across the UK. Developing a culture of enterprise in education and supporting youth business is crucial for a dynamic economy, long term growth and to enable young people to fulfil their potential. We are excited about working with NESTA and the LG Group to see how our ideas could be taken to scale.”

Over the next few months Rotherham will receive practical support to develop their idea, with the opportunity to access financial and non-financial support over the next six months.

Ultimately, it is expected that five of the most promising ideas will be selected to receive significant financial and non-financial support to put their ideas into practice, including supporting their spread to other areas.

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And for more information about ‘Are You Ready?’ please visit: www.areyouready.org.uk

For more information on the Creative Councils programme visit: www.nesta.org.uk