Digital Media Centre at record occupancy

The Digital Media Centre, Barnsley
The Digital Media Centre, Barnsley
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Barnsley’s creative and digital sector is thriving, with occupancy at the town’s flagship Digital Media Centre at its highest-ever level.

The town centre building has had its most successful year since opening in 2008. Occupancy now stands at 81 per cent.

In the past year, a total of 50 jobs have been created at the centre which is run by Oxford Innovation on behalf of Barnsley Council.

Companies based in the centre have also recorded some of their best trading periods.

A digital marketing agency increased turnover from £80,000 to £395,000 in a year while another, a specialist IT company, rocketed from £220,000 to £600,000.

Amanda Lennon, regional director at Oxford Innovation, said: “This has been a fantastic year for the DMC and the 63 businesses it supports.

“There has been a very distinct buzz in the centre in recent months and lot of collaboration between the tenant companies. This is stimulating business and there has been a lot of movement within the building as companies have needed to upsize.”

In the past year six businesses expanded into larger space in the building.