Helping hand for new businesses in Barnsley

9 May 2011

Expert help is at hand for anyone considering launching their own business when Enterprising Barnsley stages a free start-up event on May 18.
 
Would-be entrepreneurs can take advantage of one-to-one advice about every stage in the process of getting a business up and running. This includes deciding if becoming your own boss is right in the first place, to finding workspace, and organising finances.    
 
The session, at the Core in Barnsley, follows two successful events in February during which plans for over a hundred potential new businesses were discussed.
 
Enterprising Barnsley programme manager Martin Beasley said: “We had a fantastic response to two similar events held earlier this year and, again, leading business professionals are waiting to share their expertise with people considering becoming their own boss. Between them, our experts have many years’ experience of helping businesses to develop.
 
“Barnsley has one of the best small business support networks in the country and this is a great opportunity for individuals to find out exactly how they can benefit. Even if it’s a case of thinking you might be interested but haven’t a clue where to start!” 
 
Attending will be representatives of all the Enterprising Barnsley partners, along with chartered accountants, business and banking advisors.
  
The Enterprising Barnsley programme is a partnership between Barnsley Development Agency (BDA), Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre (BBIC) and the University of Huddersfield’s Barnsley Campus (UCB).  It has attracted £2.89m investment from the European Regional Development Fund as part of Europe’s support for the region’s economic development through the Yorkshire and Humber ERDF Programme.
 
The programme offers business support to Barnsley businesses in certain sectors with growth potential and has helped create more than 500 jobs.
 
However changes in rules mean the BDA can now offer start-up backing to new ventures in any field or on any scale.  
 
There are a number of Enterprising Barnsley-funded initiatives for fledgling businesses including the Genesis project, which provides mentoring, office facilities and other help, and UCB’s Barnsley Business Mine. The Business Mine supports students and recent graduates from any university wanting to set up business in Barnsley by helping them to develop ideas for businesses or self-employment for up to 12 months.  
 
The free start-up event will be held from 5.15pm to 7.45pm, Wednesday, May 18, at the Core in County Way, Barnsley. 
 
To reserve a place, ring the BDA on 01226 787535 or email investment@barnsley.gov.uk or register via the following link www.startupbarnsley.eventbrite.com
 
For more information about Enterprising Barnsley go to www.enterprisingbarnsley.co.uk or contact Martin on 01226 772648 or at martinbeasley@barnsley.gov.uk
 
Notes to News Editors:
For further information about the event and Enterprising Barnsley, contact Martin as above, or Kevin Steel on 01226 767184 or 07970 930560.

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