Support scheme beats its targets

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A BUSINESS support programme in Barnsley is celebrating being ahead of its target to help local companies create 450 new jobs in three years.

Enterprising Barnsley provides specialist business coaching, funds SmartStart workshops for people thinking of setting up a business and also backs the Genesis intensive business support programme for new business.

The organisation helped Barnsley businesses create 161 jobs in the first year of its latest drive and is currently assisting 225 companies that want to develop and expand.

Enterprising Barnsley’s latest success follows its achievement in creating 630 new jobs and protecting a further 397 posts between 2009 and 2012.

Barnsley Council cabinet spokesperson on economic development, Coun Linda Burgess, said: “We’re very pleased to see the creation of 161 much-needed jobs in the borough, in what has been a tough year for business.

“It’s a great start for the second phase of the Enterprising Barnsley programme and shows that even in a recession it’s possible for businesses to survive and in some cases thrive, especially if they are given support.”

Firms that have been helped during the last year include Manvers Engineering, which has moved to new premises in Grimethorpe, Premier Engineering (Yorkshire) of Stairfoot, which has recruited 10 new staff to meet rising demand for its bespoke metalwork structures and Osborne Technologies, of Dodworth, which has recruited six people to market its award-winning audio visual products across the UK.

Enterprising Barnsley has also worked with Kustom Sport of Carlton, which has secured a future for its 13-strong workforce by exploring a new area of work, converting white vans into luxury campers, and Cultix of Kendray which has recruited two new apprentices to its IT support team.

Manvers Engineering managing director, Colin Ibbotson, said: “Enterprising Barnsley’s support has been phenomenal, particularly in helping us connect to other local companies and also in the re-brand of the business.

“We are now developing new products and expanding our business. These are exciting times and all along we are being helped by Enterprising Barnsley. So we do feel positive about the future.”

The Enterprising Barnsley support programme is delivered by a partnership involving Barnsley Development Agency and Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre.

The programme is supported financially by the European Union.