New Barnsley businesses offered helping hand

28 January 2011

Anyone thinking about launching their own business is being urged to take advantage of two free advice workshops run by Enterprising Barnsley.
 
Experts will be on hand to help with various aspects of setting up a new venture, no matter how big or small the idea, from the initial planning to finding workspace, as well as financial and banking guidance.  
 
The sessions, on February 8 and 15, are the first of their kind to be held in the borough but could become a regular event if they prove a success.
 
Enterprising Barnsley programme manager Martin Beasley said: “Working for yourself isn’t for everyone, but we can help with the initial decision. And, if that decision is yes, assist with planning.   Barnsley has one of the best support networks available for small businesses in the UK with lots of fantastic opportunities available.
 
“Whether you’re in work, facing the prospect of redundancy or just wanting to sound out an idea, the sessions are a great place to start. As well as representatives of all the Enterprising Barnsley partners, specialists from chartered accountants and business advisers Gibson Booth and bank HSBC will also be there to offer friendly advice.” 
 
The Enterprising Barnsley programme - a partnership between Barnsley Development Agency (BDA), Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre (BBIC) and University Campus Barnsley (UCB) – offers backing to companies in certain sectors, which have potential for high growth.
 
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.
 
However recent changes in rules mean the BDA can now offer start-up support to new ventures of all kinds, making the workshops a starting point for enterprise on any scale or in any field. 
 
Enterprising Barnsley-funded initiatives in the borough for early stage businesses include the Genesis project which provides mentoring, office facilities and other help. 
 
There is also the Barnsley Business Mine run by UCB. All students and recent graduates from the University of Huddersfield - which the campus is part of – can access funding and mentoring to further their ideas for businesses or self-employment. 
 
The workshops will be held from 10am to 3pm, February 8, at BBIC, Innovation Way, Wilthorpe, and from 5pm to 7.30pm, February 15, at the Digital Media Centre, County Way, Barnsley. Light refreshments will be provided.
 
To reserve a place, ring the BDA on 01226 787535 or email info@barnsleydevelopmentagency.co.uk
 
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 Enterprising Barnsley, contact Martin Beasley as above.

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