THE NAME of Scarborough shone brightly in Downing Street last night as it beat off tough competition to scoop a prestigious national title.
After months of eager waiting, the results of the Enterprising Britain Awards were eventually announced at a glittering ceremony in London, during which Scarbor-ough was heralded as the overall winner.
Following the amazing accolade the town will now go on to represent Great Britain at the European Enterprise Awards.
It was already the regional winner.
The award was presented at no. 11 Downing Street, the Chancellor's address, by businessman Peter Jones, the Dragons' Den TV panellist, to Cllr Derek Bastiman, Scarborough Council's cabinet member for regeneration.
Also attending were Tony Peers, who chairs the Town Team, and senior council officer David Archer.
Cllr Bastiman said: " I was so honoured and pleased on behalf of the town, it was a very emotional moment. I was absolutely over the moon, it's wonderful – the proudest moment of my political career. People have worked so hard for this, I'm ever so proud."
Also present were representatives from all 11 other finalists, including projects in Nottingham, Plymouth, Southampton, Luton, Wandsworth and Scotland.
"Wow is all I can say," said Nick Taylor, Scarborough renaissance manager. "This is a great reflection of the huge amount of effort that everyone has put in to promoting Scarborough. It shows the tenacity, thrift and vision of so many businesses in the town. We had not even dared to imagine how great it would be to win, so this is a great success story for a small town in Yorkshire."
Scarborough's submission to the competition was based upon many of the achievements of the town's Renaissance Project, including the 4.8million Woodend Creative Workspace, the new harbour pontoons project, and the Rotunda, which recently underwent a 4.4 million facelift.
The regeneration concepts have also included the Spa refurbishments, and the introduction of the prestigious Tourism Awards. The North Bay developments and the new casino are not part of the official renaissance programme, but they have added to the level of action and attention.
Scarborough businessman Tom Pindar, dubbed the father of Scarbor-ough renaissance by the Evening News, said: "It is a fantastic win for Scarbor-ough as it shows we are being recognised as a place that really cares about business and cares about a better way of living for everyone.
"My ambition has always been for Scarborough to be recognised in this way."
The judges were also presented with the plans for Scarborough's new 9 million Business Park, which will see the existing business park double in size.
Leader of Scarborough Council Cllr Tom Fox said: "It is fantastic news.
"The ultimate beneficiaries are the local people who will be presented with improved work and opportunities."
Scarborough MP Robert Goodwill added: "It's brilliant."
The competition was launched by the Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, and was aimed at finding "a place where enterprise has, over the past two years, helped transform a community and led to improved economic prospects for the area".