Work to keep the British Grand Prix at Silverstone and the support given to local business initiatives have led to Northamptonshire being named the most enterprising place in Britain.
Northamptonshire County Council has 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.
Business and Enterprise Minister Michael Fallon announced news of the awards for the authority at the MADE entrepreneurial festival in Sheffield today (Thursday, September 20).
Cllr Jim Harker, leader of the county council, said: “To be named the most enterprising place in Britain is a wonderful achievement for Northamptonshire and recognises our innovative and long-term approach to delivering economic prosperity across Northamptonshire.
“Not only is our ‘prosperity agenda’ helping to support local businesses, attract inward investment and create new jobs, it has also been widely praised by businesses who have benefited greatly from schemes such as Inv-Ent.
“With over 60 years of motorsport heritage in Northamptonshire, it is important that we as a county council do all we can to support and promote our world-class motorsport industry, which has Silverstone at its heart.
“Not only did our support help to secure the British Grand Prix for 17 years, it also helped to deliver the new Wing Complex giving the circuit truly world-class facilities.
“Clearly our work with Silverstone is but one example of the many initiatives we have implemented which are helping to drive our prosperity agenda forward. We are also determined that businesses across the county are able to compete internationally and build strong trade links with Europe and beyond. Our office in Brussels, for example, has already proved to be a valuable asset and is helping to raise Northamptonshire’s profile internationally and attract inward investment.
“Such innovations are delivering real improvements across Northamptonshire and I am very proud that our innovative approach has been endorsed by the government.”
Northamptonshire County Council will now go on to represent the UK at this year’s European Enterprise Promotion Awards for ‘improving the business environment’, in Nicosia, Cyprus, on November 15.