Building new jobs on Cornerstones

Melanie Moore, managing director of Cornerstones Education, the fast growing, Barnsley-based educational resources business.
Melanie Moore, managing director of Cornerstones Education, the fast growing, Barnsley-based educational resources business.
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Educational resources specialist Cornerstones has created new jobs and is planning to double the size of its offices after increasing its customer base by a factor of 40.

Barnsley-based Cornerstones was launched two years ago by former head teachers and school advisers Melanie Moore, Simon Hickton and Graham Bell.

The company develops comprehensive packages designed to help teachers prepare interesting lessons that meet the requirements of the national curriculum.

When it started out, Cornerstones had 11 schools on its books. Today, 485 schools use its products, including 85 that have become customers this summer.

The company has increased the number of people it employs to 26, including five new recruits, working in sales, business development, event management, research and writing.

Cornerstones has also taken on a fourth administrative apprentice through Barnsley College.

Managing director Melanie Moore said: “We are delighted to see more and more schools buying into the creative curriculum we offer.

“The increase in orders means we’ve been able to re-invest in the business, develop our offer, extend our range of products and send more sales consultants out to schools.

“We’re determined to spread the Cornerstones creative learning philosophy.”

Cornerstones is now doubling the size of its offices at Fields End Business Park in Goldthorpe and creating an events space where it plans to run training and development sessions for teachers from across the country.

Melanie Moore praised Enterprising Barnsley, the organisation set up to support Barnsley businesses with growth potential.

Its business coaches have been helping Cornerstones develop marketing and sales strategies, HR policies and IT systems.

“The support we’ve had from Enterprising Barnsley has been phenomenal,” she said.

“We are a stronger company for their input and look forward to working with them further as we develop our online offer for clients.”