New loans scheme for businesses in Barnsley

12 February 2013

Entrepreneurs in Barnsley are being offered new loans to get their businesses off the ground. The loans have been made available thanks to a new alliance between a national funding charity and a Barnsley business support organisation.

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust (CRT) has joined forces with Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre (BBIC) which delivers the SmartStart and Genesis programmes which are part-funded by Enterprising Barnsley.

The companies supported by these business start-up and incubation schemes will now be eligible to apply for CRT’s ‘Micro Business Loans’.

Peter McNestry, of Coalfields Regeneration Trust, said: “Our partnership with BBIC means that our loans will go hand in hand with the free, expert wrap-around business support offered by Enterprising Barnsley.

“The companies we loan money to will be in a much stronger position to use the investment to successfully establish and grow their business.”

Tim Milburn, chief executive of BBIC, said: “We are delighted to become CRT’s partner in Barnsley. We look forward to continue helping the businesses we support, offering them the additional option of applying for a CRT loan to help them grow.”

New companies and those which have been trading less than two years are eligible to apply for a Micro Business Loan worth between £500 and £3,000. Start-up and early stage businesses like these can often find it difficult to gain finance.  The Micro Business Loans have a two year repayment period with an interest rate of 10 per cent.

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust introduced the Micro Business Loan Scheme in response to the Clapham Report of 2010, which showed that, statistically, coalfield areas have far fewer businesses registered per head of population than the national average. The Trust aims to work with local partners in former mining communities across the UK to offer the loans as ‘money with management’ to new businesses in order to help ensure business sustainability.

The Genesis programme helps businesses with growth potential in the first year or two of their life offering intensive business coaching support, technical assistance and business development workshops. SmartStart is a programme of free workshops and one-to-one advice for people considering starting a business.

Genesis and SmartStart are part-funded by the Enterprising Barnsley programme which is supported financially by the European Union. The Enterprising Barnsley project has attracted £2,259,511 investment into Barnsley 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.

NOTES TO EDITORS

For information about Genesis and SmartStart and applying for a CRT loan in Barnsley, contact Tim Milburn at tmilburn@bbic.co.uk or on 01226 249590.

For information about the Coalfields Regeneration Trust and the Micro Business Loans Scheme, which is administered in partnership with financial company Donbac, contact Arthur Foreman on 01302 341070.

Enterprising Barnsley aims to help Barnsley-based businesses develop and expand - generating economic growth and creating new jobs. The programme is a partnership between Barnsley Development Agency (BDA) and Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre (BBIC).

The Enterprising Barnsley programme is part financed by the Yorkshire and Humber European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme, which is one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs. For more information visit www.gov.uk/erdf-regional-guidance-yorkshire-and-the-humber

For more information about Enterprising Barnsley go to www.enterprisingbarnsley.co.uk or contact Martin Beasley on 01226 772648 or at martinbeasley@barnsley.gov.uk

Additional media contact: Steph Pollard on 01226 766900 / 0776 196 4492 or steph@capitalbmedia.co.uk or Kate Betts on kate@capitalbmedia.co.uk

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