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Town's 'amazing' name

PUBLISHED: 14:06 31 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:40 05 July 2010

WAVENEY'S MP believes enterprising young people are the key to Lowestoft's bright future.

Bob Blizzard has urged as many students as possible to get involved in next month's Enterprise Week to show they are at the forefront of what has and can be achieved in the town.

WAVENEY'S MP believes enterprising young people are the key to Lowestoft's bright future.

Bob Blizzard has urged as many students as possible to get involved in next month's Enterprise Week to show they are at the forefront of what has and can be achieved in the town.

Mr Blizzard said in recent years he has witnessed remarkable efforts to develop enterprise and ambition, but with the event less than a month away now is an important time to build on the success to empower and enthuse yet more people.

He said: “Lowestoft has really made a name for itself as an enterprise excellence hub over the past three years. From relatively small beginnings as one of four original campaign hubs for the Make Your Marks schools challenge, Lowestoft is now the base for all Enterprise Week activities across the whole of the eastern region.

“It is truly amazing that our small seaside town is on a par with some of the country's biggest cities, like Liverpool and Coventry in our efforts to stimulate local enterprise.”

Mr Blizzard said Lowestoft's successes are in large part thanks to the work of Enterprise Lowestoft, run by Hazel Johnson and James Reeder, who are dedicated to raising the aspirations and horizons of local young people.

“They developed the so-called Lowestoft model, which brings together the town's three high schools with local businesses to enhance the provision of an excellent education for all students and instil self-belief and entrepreneurship in young people, for the good of the local culture and economy. They also successfully piloted the Make It Work programme.”

Mr Blizzard said these activities are crucial for the regeneration of Lowestoft, but it is only by inspiring young people to believe in their own potential that Lowestoft can achieve the regeneration the town still urgently needs.

Mr Blizzard, who is hosting an Energising Enterprise conference in the Orbis Centre towards the end of Enterprise Week said it will show young people what vast and varied opportunities Lowestoft holds, being at the heart of the fast-growing green power industry.

“I have always championed both enterprise and the energy sector and I'm convinced it is the energy and enterprise of our young people that will guarantee Lowestoft and Waveney a bright future.

“Enterprise Week reminds us of what we have already achieved in Lowestoft and Waveney- but also points us towards what still needs to be done,” he said.

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