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Prince Charles joins congratulations for Burnley being named Britain’s Most Enterprising Area


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Tuesday, 27 August, 2013

HRH The Prince of Wales has sent Burnley his congratulations on the borough being named Britain’s Most Enterprising Area.

Prince Charles, who has visited the town four times in recent years and who has taken a close personal interest in its regeneration, said: “I would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to the people of Burnley on being awarded Most Enterprising Area in the UK by The Enterprising Britain Awards committee.

“The award recognises the fact that Burnley can demonstrate improved economic prospects by exhibiting pioneering examples of enterprise activity throughout the area.”

Other leading figures from business and other areas have also marked the great news.

Local businessman Dave Fishwick, of Channel 4’s Bank of Dave, said: ““This is great news for the town. In a time when local businesses across the UK are struggling, it’s fantastic that a number of enterprises in Burnley are thriving. It is proof of what you can achieve through hard work and a community working together. Well done Burnley, and long may it continue!”

Alastair Campbell, spokesman for former Prime Minister Tony Blair, said: “I think this is fantastic news. It’s a shot in the arm for the local economy.”

Burnley-born Peter Salmon, director of BBC North, said: “I am proud and happy that my hometown Burnley has won such an accolade. It is a place rich in stories and story tellers, characters and colour. It has a wonderful history, a cracking football team and a promising future - thanks to work like this.

“The BBC is lucky to have a brand-new, state of the art, digital broadcasting hub just 30 miles away working for the whole region and we have already benefitted from the skills and training that the town is promoting. Several of my colleagues at Media City are from Burnley and I am sure going forward there will be even more.”

Stephane Cueille, managing director of aerospace manufacturer Aircelle – the borough’s largest private sector employer – said: “I’m very impressed by the breadth of manufacturing here – a vibrant aerospace and automotive sector supported by many service businesses, an excellent property market, and a local council which is very business friendly.”

Local entrepreneur Rachael White, who built her online children’s gifts and accessories business Thingimijigs from a room at her home into a £1million company with eight staff, said: “Burnley benefits from having a lot of people working together and wanting to achieve the same result – making our borough a place where enterprise thrives.

“We’re creating an environment where businesses can expand, take on more people and build up themselves – and build up the local economy and our town as a whole at the same time.” 


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Burnley - the most enterprising town in britain award winner 2013 Investors in People - Champion