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PUBLISHED: 15:45 27 June 2008 | UPDATED: 20:45 05 July 2010

THE enterprising initiatives of Lowestoft and Waveney businesses could help put the area on the map in a national competition.

Ideas and examples are now being sought to help propel the town and region to being one of the most dynamic places in the country as part of the Enterprising Britain contest.

THE enterprising initiatives of Lowestoft and Waveney businesses could help put the area on the map in a national competition.

Ideas and examples are now being sought to help propel the town and region to being one of the most dynamic places in the country as part of the Enterprising Britain contest.

And Journal readers are being encouraged to get involved in helping to form the entry process and strategy by highlighting businesses and organisations which can be used as case studies for the contest.

The competition is aimed as inspiring projects and organisations to take the plunge, have faith in their ideas and put their business plans into action through innovation and technology, participation and social inclusion, education and skills, environment and infrastructure, and leadership and collaboration. The eventual winner will be one which has been judged the most enterprising place in the UK, a location where enterprise has helped transform a community and led to improved economic prospects for the area.

In 2006 Lowestoft entered the contest and came second with its Dawn of Enterprise project. Now it hopes to build on that success by entering the 2009 challenge.

"This is a marvellous opportunity for us to capitalise and demonstrate the massive impact many brave initiatives and fledgling business have made on the town and the district," said Hazel Johnson, of Enterprise Lowestoft, who is heading up a working party aiming to develop a detailed document ready for next year's competition.

She has been joined by Waveney MP Bob Blizzard, Richard Perkins from the Waveney Economic Partnership, and representatives from Ist East, Make Your Mark campaign, Norfolk and Waveney Enterprise Partnership, and other key organisations in the community.

The working party has to produce a detailed document ready for next year's competition for judges to determine how Lowestoft has improved through enterprise in the past two years.

All entrants must be able to prove that enterprise is a reason for the economic or social changes within an area.

If you want to make an input or suggestion for the local entry write to Russell Cook, Lowestoft Journal, 147 London Road North, Lowestoft, NR32 1NB, or email russell.cook@archant.co.uk

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