Enterprising Barnsley coach wins national award

1 December 2010

A business consultant who offers advice to Barnsley businesses has won a prestigious national award.
Malcolm Cooper, of Penistone, was named Consultant of the Year 2010 by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).
Malcolm runs Malcolm Cooper Associates Limited, which gives advice to private sector businesses and to the further education sector. He also acts as a business coach for Enterprising Barnsley, which offers free support for eligible businesses in the borough.
The CIMA Consultant of the Year award was for Malcolm’s work in helping managers at Bicton College in Devon. It was presented by TV personality Hugh Dennis at a ceremony at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London.
Winners in other categories included Tescos, Unilever, Capita, Network Rail and BSkyB.
Martin Beasley, programme manager for Enterprising Barnsley, said it showed the high calibre of coaches available to support Barnsley businesses.
Martin said: “The support offered by Enterprising Barnsley is free and Malcolm’s award shows it is also of the highest quality.”
Enterprising Barnsley has more than 70 coaches helping hundreds of businesses across the borough with everything from marketing and website design to staff development. So far the Enterprising Barnsley programme has helped create 410 jobs in the borough.
Malcolm’s specialisms are financial management and general management issues and he has worked with North Star Signs Limited and Sales Operations UK Limited through the Enterprising Barnsley programme.
Malcolm said: “It was a tremendous honour to go down to London to receive the award for our work in Devon, but it is also an honour to work with businesses nearer home through Enterprising Barnsley and to see them flourish.”
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. Enterprising Barnsley also runs networking events and provides office space throughout the borough.
For more information go to www.enterprisingbarnsley.co.uk
Notes to News Editors:
Malcolm Cooper can be contacted on 01226 767628.
Enterprising Barnsley is a partnership between Barnsley Development Agency, Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre, University Campus Barnsley and Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce. It is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to provide an integrated programme of business support. For further information, contact Martin Beasley on 01226 772648 or at martinbeasley@barnsley.gov.uk
Additional media contact: Kate Betts on 01226 766900 or 07910 165 444 or at kate@katebettsmedia.co.uk

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