100 new jobs could be created in South Yorkshire following a £2million digital centre expansion

Dozens of digital jobs could be created in South Yorkshire following the £2million expansion of a tech centre.

By David Walsh, Business Editor
Tuesday, 7th January 2020, 11:45 am
Updated Wednesday, 8th January 2020, 1:13 pm

The ‘Digital Media Centre 02’ will open in summer 2020, offering eight offices over three floors as well as co-working space, a ‘maker space’ and an ‘internet of things lab’.

DMC 02 will be in the former Core building on County Way which was home to Voluntary Action Barnsley.

It stands opposite the original Digital Media Centre which is home to 50 firms. DMC 02 gives them space to move into.

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Impression of DMC02.

The scheme has had £2.13m from the Government’s Local Growth Fund which gave cash to the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership.

Dan Jarvis, Sheffield City Region mayor, said he hoped it would create more than 100 jobs.

He added: “It’s great to see the Digital Media Centre is going from strength to strength. It will be a hugely important part of Barnsley’s contribution to the future of digital technologies in the North.

“I’m pleased that the Sheffield City Region has invested more than £2million in the centre, creating more than 100 jobs and new opportunities for digital businesses to start up, grow and thrive.”

The DMC buildings are at the heart of a new Digital Campus which will include a new hub at Barnsley College in the nearby SciTech building. It will offer digital T Levels, digital apprenticeships and new courses from September 2020.

Coun Tim Cheetham, cabinet spokesperson for regeneration and culture said: “We’ve seen success in the DMC 01. We will continue these values into DMC 02 and the Campus.”

Minister for Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth, Jake Berry MP, said: “This government is committed to boosting economic growth across the whole of the UK and levelling up the regions throughout the Northern Powerhouse by ensuring every community has the support and investment it needs to flourish.

"Thanks to £2.13 million from the Government’s Local Growth Fund the Digital Media Centre in the heart of Barnsley can rapidly expand, offering support to local businesses and helping students gain the skills they need to succeed.”

Work has started on the Core building following the appointment of Yorkshire construction company, Harris CM. Completion is planned for summer 2020.