Enterprising Barnsley helps create more than 300 new jobs in 2010
21 December 2010
Business advisers in Barnsley say 2010 wasn’t as bad as feared, with more than 300 jobs created by a programme designed to help firms grow.
The Enterprising Barnsley
programme helped create 315 jobs by the end of November – more than twice its target of 150 for the whole year. It also helped safeguard 61 jobs.
Enterprising Barnsley offers coaching support to businesses that have growth potential. The business sectors eligible are: advanced manufacturing and materials, digital and creative industries, financial and business services, bioscience, sports technology, environmental technology and food and drink technologies.
Coaches give free advice on everything from marketing and web development to recruitment and health and safety.
Enterprising Barnsley also offers free or subsidised office space or “hubs” and runs networking events.
Among the firms which have received input from Enterprising Barnsley this year are Echelon Sports, of Barugh Green, Europe’s only shuttlecock manufacturer, which has made 30 million shuttlecocks, and sister companies Nationwide Solar and A Shade Greener, of Tankersley, which plan to take on 300 extra staff in 2011 to help with the solar panel businesses.
Others given support include IT company, Wharncliffe Business Systems that were selected as the official Sage Customer Development Centre for the South and West Yorkshire region, and specialist recycler GB Cullet of Wombwell, which saw its turnover go up by 20 per cent after receiving coaching from Enterprising Barnsley.
Shaun Higginbottom, a business development manager with Enterprising Barnsley, said: “It has been a tough year for most businesses but we have shown that even in difficult times it is possible for businesses to survive and in some cases even thrive.
“At Enterprising Barnsley we have helped 110 companies grow their workforce and that is no mean feat in these challenging times. But it is something we must continue to do.”
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.
NOTE 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 Martin Beasley on 01226 772648 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Shaun Higginbottom can be contacted on 01226 787 535.