New Year, new businesses in Barnsley
29 December 2010
Managers of a business start-up scheme in Barnsley are urging people to use the New Year as an opportunity to put their ideas into practice.
Enterprising Barnsley’s Genesis initiative aims to encourage businesses to set up and then grow in the borough and has already helped nurture a wide range of ventures.
Despite tough economic times, the message to would-be entrepreneurs is that there is plenty of practical assistance as well as encouragement to smooth the path to success in 2011.
Genesis began at the Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre (BBIC), at Wilthorpe, to speed up development and growth of ten eligible new-start and early-stage businesses every year, by offering subsidised office space and free mentoring for a fixed period.
Last year the project was expanded with the new Incubation Programme, which offers a similar support package in other local Enterprise Hubs or managed workspaces.
These are BBIC Ltd at Wilthorpe and Cudworth; Thurnscoe Business Centre; Longfields Court, Carlton; Acorn Centre, Grimethorpe; Mount Osborne, Oakwell; Bullhouse Mill, Penistone and Barnsley Civic and Barnsley Digital Media Centre in the town centre.
Companies get office accommodation – with the first three months free – together with ICT facilities, broadband, office furniture and a reception service. In addition, businesses with growth potential can access a business mentor at no cost. A free business development workshop programme is also available which includes financial management, exporting and access to finance.
Businesses trading from home or sharing accommodation elsewhere in the borough can also now take advantage of the programme.
Martin Beasley, Enterprising Barnsley’s programme manager, said: “While many people dream of starting their own business, taking those early steps can be extremely daunting. What we want to get across is that there is intensive one-to-one support in place in Barnsley through the Genesis initiative making it an ideal way in.
“As well as mentoring and other specialised Enterprising Barnsley services, there’s the all-important incubation network and workshops to allow fledgling businesses to share experiences and make contacts.
“What better time than the New Year to consider starting a business and all the rewards that this can bring?”
A survey of ten companies in the Genesis programme carried out last summer showed that all but one respondent felt their business had either grown, grown more quickly or survived because of Enterprising Barnsley support. All respondents said they would recommend the project to others.
The Enterprising Barnsley programme 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.
Sectors eligible for help are advanced manufacturing and materials, digital and creative industries, financial and business services, bioscience, sports technology, environmental technology and food and drink technologies.
NOTES TO EDITORS:
Enterprising Barnsley is a partnership between Barnsley Development Agency, Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre and University Campus Barnsley. It is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to provide an integrated programme of business support. For further information, contact programme manager Martin Beasley on 01226 772648 or at firstname.lastname@example.org