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News: Rotherham – officially the most Enterprising place in Yorkshire and the Humber

Posted on: July 20th, 2010

Harnessing ‘enterprise’ to transform the aspirations of children and young people, Rotherham has beat off stiff competition from across Yorkshire & The Humber to be crowned as the regional winner of the prestigious Enterprise Britain Competition.

Enterprising school children and young entrepreneurs from the town wowed a panel of tough, private sector judges last week to help secure Rotherham’s crown as ‘The Most Enterprising Place in Yorkshire.’

Now in its sixth year, the nationwide competition run by Enterprise UK through the Regional Development Agencies including Yorkshire Forward rewards cities, villages, towns and neighbourhoods that have tackled the economic downturn head on and are successfully creating jobs, boosting local business and nurturing entrepreneurial talent as the UK emerges from recession.

Rotherham Ready entered the competition in the category of ‘enterprise culture’ – and was supported in their ‘pitch’ by Lauren Stanley, 11, from St Mary’s Catholic Primary School Herringthorpe, James Wass, 13, from St Bernard’s Catholic High School, Dominic Beck, 18, from Wales High School and Lucy Bennett, an established Rotherham ‘Young Entrepreneur’ who has her own fashion label ‘Roc and Doll.’

Lauren told judges how she made a profit from a start up loan of just £5 to make a profit of £40 selling lollies. She also managed a football tournament with school friends, raising money to hire a stadium and getting children from other schools involved. She said:

“I want to use my enterprise skills and love of PE to run an Irish Dancing Academy when I am older.”

The group were up against tough competition in the final from enterprise projects from Leeds, Airedale and Cottingley. But the panel of seven judges unanimously agreed that Rotherham was the winner. They said they were ‘blown away’ by the presentation about enterprise in schools and, which was ‘professional’ and ‘inspirational.’

Jackie Frost, Rotherham Ready Manager and Enterprise Projects Manager for Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council said:

“Winning this award is well deserved recognition for the effort and passion of everyone involved in developing enterprise in Rotherham. Young people in Rotherham need to be enterprising – more so now than ever – and people from education and business involved with Rotherham Ready and Rotherham Youth Enterprise have been working to make sure that young people leave school, college or university ready for the challenges and opportunities of life, and ready to help shape the economy of Rotherham.”

During August the Rotherham Team will go up against the other eleven regional finalists from around the UK for the Enterprising Britain 2010 national title. The overall winner will then go on to represent the UK at the European Enterprise Awards next year.

For more information please contact Becky Mollart, Schools Liaison Officer on: Rebecca.mollart@rotherham.gov.uk / 07717450985