Burnley named 'most enterprising' place

The Lancashire town of Burnley has been awarded the title of 'most enterprising place' in the UK.

Burnley received the award for its 'ongoing commitment to support small and medium sized businesses and for successfully reframing perceptions of Burnley' at the 2013 Enterprise Britain Awards.

The award recognises the Burnley Bondholders scheme, which brought together more than 100 local firms to promote Burnley as a place for business and attracted £10 million worth of investment to the area.

Leader of Burnley Council, Julie Cooper, said:

"We are punching above our weight and we have big ambitions. Burnley is well on its way to forging a strong international reputation as a centre of excellence for manufacturing, particularly in the aerospace industry."

"Work which is underway to create an innovative aerospace ‘supply village' in the former Michelin tyre factory is just one excellent example of how an old manufacturing site that was symbolic of Britain's industrial past is being transformed into a shining example of our country's high-tech manufacturing future."

Burnley will now represent the UK at the European Enterprise Promotion Awards in Lithuania in November.