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'Great Town' award

Scarborough has won the 'Great Town' Award in the annual Academy of Urbanism awards.

'Renaissance News' (December / January) includes coverage of the event.

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Scarborough South Bay

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Scarborough South Bay Group

Scarborough North Bay

As at end-August 2012 the group currently shows 218 photographs from 34 group members

Scarborough North Bay Group

IAP2 Project of the Year

IAP2 is an international association of members who seek to promote and improve the practice of public participation in relation to individuals, governments, institutions, and other entities that affect the public interest in nations throughout the world. IAP2 carries out its mission by organizing and conducting activities to:

* Serve the learning needs of members through events, publications, and communication technology;
* Advocate for public participation throughout the world;
* Promote a results-oriented research agenda and use research to support educational and advocacy goals;
* Provide technical assistance to improve public participation.


The 2009 Core Values Awards winners were announced on September 21st during the 17th Annual IAP2 conference in San Diego, California, USA.


The 'Project of the Year' Winner is Scarborough Renaissance Partnership, United Kingdom. The 'Project of the Year' Core Values Award is given to projects that have achieved a definable outcome. The project must have been completed or have significant phases of the project completed.

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Well we did it!

We were on our way to Prague to take part in a two day conference celebrating the very best of enterprise and to see if we had been successful in the competition to find 'Europe's Most Enterprising Place'.

After a day of conference and a presentation to a good sized audience (we found it quite disconcerting speaking to people all wearing headphones – you wonder if they are listening to you, we were then taken to the Zofin Palace, a most beautiful building on Zofin Island in the middle of the river Vlata that runs through the centre of the city. The 18th century building constructed by Vaclav Novotny and named after Princess Sofie who was the mother of Emperor Frantisek Josef was built as a cultural centre in the classic Neo Renaissance Style. Highly suitable for the Scarborough team.

It had seen some pretty great performers throughout history with performances from Liszt, Berlioz and Wagner - it was now Scarborough's turn. The dinner proceeded with awards being given to some very strong competition from the likes of a science park in Sweden, a project from Belgium to engage the young entrepreneur and an impressive Polish project in a formerly depressed rural area making the most of its rich cultural heritage. Right at the end when we were wondering why we had been given such a prominent table and thinking that all the awards had been made and we were to go home empty handed, the announcement was made of the Grand Jury Prize – and yes it was Scarborough.

We were elated.

Our small group was then invited up onto the stage to receive the award. This was a prize for the town and the region, and a big thank you to all those of you who have been involved in the programme of activity that has allowed us to deliver this wonderful renaissance of Scarborough. On a humbling note however one element struck me. We were a small group of English people in the middle of Europe. Foreign tongues were obviously spoken everywhere but all of the business was conducted in English.


Scarborough - the most enterprising town in Europe

** Scarborough has been named as the most enterprising town in Europe. **

In October 2008 the Scarborough Renaissance Partnership was named the enterprise capital of the UK beating competition from such cities as Nottingham and Plymouth - having already become the winner of Enterprising Britain 2008 for Yorkshire and Humberside. The Partnership then went forward (with 12 other nominees) to the European awards.

Final results were announced on May 13th at a ceremony in Prague. The winners of this annual event act as role models across the regions of Europe and provide excellent examples how to create environments where entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship can flourish.

The objectives of the awards are to:
· Identify and recognise successful activities that promote enterprise and entrepreneurship;
· Showcase and share examples of best entrepreneurship policies and practices;
· Develop a greater awareness of the role entrepreneurs play in society; and
· Encourage and inspire potential entrepreneurs.

From the final nominees 13 candidate regions were short listed for the 2008 awards covering entrepreneurship promotion, red tape reduction, enterprise support, investment in skills, and

responsible and inclusive entrepreneurship.

Short listed are :

1. Belgium 'A team of entrepreneurship awareness-raising workers', Agence de Stimulation Economique (Economic Stimulation Agency), Liège

2. Finland 'Knowledge, skills, support – from entrepreneur to entrepreneur', The Women’s Enterprise Agency, Helsinki

3. France' Gers Soho Solo project', Gers Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Gers

4. Germany - 'Unternehmergymnasium Bayern: Unternehmertum mit Abitur (Entrepreneurial Grammar School Bavaria: Entrepreneurship Education and School Graduation in one Go) ' ,
Unternehmergymnasium Bayern, Pfarrkirchen

5. Germany- 'Getting people into work', Waldkirch Employment and Qualification Company (WABE), Waldkirch

6. Hungary 'ANTI-BUREAU', Miskolc Holding Zrt., Miskolc

7. Lithuania 'Reduction of statistical reporting burden to respondents', Department of Statistics to the Government of the Republic of Lithuania (Lithuanian Statistics), Vilnius

8. Poland - 'Commune of Bieliny' – Our Power Spot, Commune of Bieliny, Bieliny

9. Poland - 'Pottery Village', the Nidzica Development Foundation (NIDA), Nidzica

10. Spain - 'Home support programme for entrepreneurs (PAED)', Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism of the Aragón Regional Government, Zaragoza

11. Spain - 'Instituto IDEAS', Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (UPV), Valencia

12. Sweden Gothia Science Park, Enterprise and Community Building Sector, Municipality of Skövde

13. United Kingdom - Scarborough Renaissance Partnership, Scarborough Renaissance Partnership, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom

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