They visited schools where pupils had set up their own businesses, as well as companies set up with support from NSRZ which were recruiting and expanding.
National judges, including internet spectacles entrepreneur James Murray Wells and officials from DBERR visited the area in the summer to see at first hand the spread of initiatives launched by the NSRZ, with financial backing from AWM, to promote an enterprise culture in the area.
Richard Barnes, chairman of the NSRZ
, said: "The scheme will offer a comprehensive range of modern, state-of-art accommodation for businesses, with well-designed buildings and landscaped open space and a variety of employment opportunities."
, funded by AWM, coordinates the regeneration work of a wide range of local partners from the public, private and voluntary sectors It launched its 2005/08 Zone Implementation Plan (ZIP) of investment to around 100 partners at the Victoria Hall, Stoke-on-Trent.
``This is one of the first visible steps on the road to making Stoke-on-Trent a city of enterprise,'' said Peter Cooke, programme manager for enterprise and innovation at the NSRZ.
The NSRZ and City Council hope the enterprise units will achieve the same success as the Hothouse and Hothouse Phase 2 projects in Longton.
The NSRZ's Enterprising Britain entry also focused on an enterprise strategy that included training, business support, networks and access to finance for small businesses and the creation of 150,000 sq ft of good quality managed workspace.
And to mark the announcement, the NSRZ bid team and Advantage West Midlands visited a Stoke-on-Trent juice bar with a difference.