Thousands aided by Business Link

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Business Link Yorkshire helped more than 16,000 businesses and entrepreneurs across South Yorkshire, during the last year.

Figures published by the organisation, which is being axed by the coalition government, show it also helped 471 new businesses to start up, while helping to create or preserve 1,744 jobs.

Although one in four of Business Link’s customers came from South Yorkshire, only one in five business start ups occurred in the county. Meanwhile, the county accounted for only one in six of the jobs created or safeguarded across Yorkshire, with Business Link’s help.

Business Link Yorkshire’s chief executive, Helen West, said: “Business Link has come a long way since our launch in April 2008 and we can be proud of our achievements.

“I would like our legacy to be that collaboration and co-operation with our many partners has had a positive impact on Yorkshire and Humber entrepreneurs and businesses.”

Sheffield received the greatest help with 7,400 firms and entrepreneurs using the organisation’s services, 199 new businesses getting assistance to start up and 674 jobs being created or preserved.

Doncaster came next, with 3,300 making use of Business Link’s services, 93 new companies being set up and 450 jobs created or preserved thanks to the organisation’s involvement.

In Rotherham, 2,900 used the Business Link service, 96 businesses were helped to start up and 350 jobs were created or preserved.

In Barnsley, where Business Link Yorkshire is based, 2,500 used its services, 83 new businesses were launched with its help and 270 jobs were created or preserved.