Fife awarded “most enterprising place in Britain” title

It’s official! More has been done in Fife to support and encourage entrepreneurial spirit than anywhere else in the UK.

At a ceremony held in the House of Commons yesterday (Tuesday), Cllr Altany Craik, alongside other Fife council representatives, collected two prestigious Enterprising Britain awards from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Fife was given particular praise for encouraging young people into education, training or work with business skills and won the Promoting Entrepreneurial Spirit category, as well as the overall award.

Judges were impressed by Fife Task Force established by Fife Council and the Scottish Government during 2015, and continued partnerships between Government and the business community through the Fife Economy Partnership.

Cllr Craik (pictured, right) said he was delighted to accept the award on behalf of Fife Council and praised the region’s partnership approach.

He also paid tribute to “the schools and young people who helped us to create fairer economic growth, where everyone benefits by encouraging enterprise, providing good employment opportunities and securing business investment in the region.”

He added: “Fife is closely linking education and learning with employers to help us develop our young workforce, get more young people into education, training and employment, and empower future business leaders.

“These awards show what can be achieved by applying an innovative approach to supporting businesses. We are fully committed to continually improving the prospects for our young workforce and in supporting the growth of enterprise across Fife.”

In presenting the awards to Fife, Angie Cannizzaro, the BEIS Deputy Director Business Growth said: Regions across the UK competed for the coveted title of Most Enterprising Place in Britain at the fifteenth Enterprising Britain Awards, with Fife awarded the top honour this year.”