Burnley-based firm – Bar-Be-Quick – said it is proud to be part of history for a second time, after the Lancashire town was named most entrepreneurial area of the UK in 2013, receiving acclaim from HRH The Prince of Wales and the leader of Burnley council.
The award is especially poignant for the barbecue manufacturer, who first appeared in the history books for pioneering the instant barbecue in the town. It has continued to produce it in Burnley for 27 years, despite overseas competition, to show its support for the town.
Caroline Hoare, national account manager at Bar-Be-Quick, said: “We’re thrilled that the town has received this awardand are proud to say we’re part of Burnley’s bustling business community. It’s a fantastic place to be based thanks to its hard-working people, great transport links and entrepreneurial spirit and we’re looking forward to being part of the exciting changes that are on the horizon.”
The accolade, which was awarded through the Government Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, recognises and celebrates the range of business, enterprise and economic development work that has reshaped Burnley’s reputation.
Councillor Julie Cooper, leader of Burnley Council, told the BBC: “This is fantastic news for Burnley.
“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.
“This award reflects Burnley’s growing stature in showing the way to the rest of the country in promoting manufacturing in Britain and puts us on the map.
“Burnley, Britain’s most enterprising area – absolutely right.”