Money up for grabs for Barnsley businesses

13 April 2011

Students and graduates interested in setting up a business in Barnsley are being urged to apply for a share of almost £20,000 in start-up funding.   
 
The University of Huddersfield’s Barnsley Campus is offering grants each worth £2,400 to eight promising ventures under the Enterprising Barnsley programme. 
 
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to pitch their ideas in the style of the popular BBC show ‘Dragons’ Den’, although it is stressed that appearing before this panel is much less daunting!
 
To be eligible for the grants, candidates have to be current students at the University of Huddersfield or have graduated from any university within the last five years.  
 
The business must be launched in or around Barnsley and meet certain industry criteria as set out by funding requirements.
 
In addition to the grants, those successful will receive one-to-one mentoring from a business advisor and access to a number of workshops and networking events via   
Barnsley Business Mine. The facility supports students and recent graduates from the University of Huddersfield by helping them to develop ideas for businesses or self-employment for up to 12 months.  
 
Barnsley Business Mine coordinator Suzanne Bagworth said the last round of grants had attracted a wide range of business ideas, with five going on to be awarded. Among those successful was drummer Nick Boxall who launched company Drumtopia to develop a device which prevents drums from de-tuning.
 
Suzanne said: “We know that there are some fantastic ideas out there just waiting to be brought to fruition with the right support in the early stages. We’re hoping for a great response this round.     
 
“The panellists will be looking for projects that are viable and could eventually create employment for others in the Barnsley area, as well as the applicant’s enthusiasm for making the business work. They will also assess the degree to which a grant would contribute to the success of the business.”
 
 
The closing date for applications is May 16. To apply, or for further information, follow the link http://www2.hud.ac.uk/enterprise/bbm/news.php, email enterprise@hud.ac.uk or call 01226 644262.
 
Enterprising Barnsley is a partnership between Barnsley Development Agency, Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre and the University of Huddersfield’s Barnsley Campus. It offers business support to Barnsley businesses with growth potential.
 
Enterprising Barnsley 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.
 
For more details about Enterprising Barnsley go to www.enterprisingbarnsley.co.uk or contact Martin Beasley on 01226 772648 or at martinbeasley@barnsley.gov.uk
 
Notes to News Editors:
For further information, contact Suzanne on 01226 644262 or Martin, as above. 

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