Funding support to help enterprising students

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Students and graduates interested in setting up a business in Barnsley are being offered the chance to win a share of almost £20,000-worth of start-up funding.

The Enterprising Barnsley programme, run by the Barnsley Campus of Huddersfield University is offering grants worth £2,400 to eight promising ventures set up by current students and anyone who has graduated from any university within the last five years.

Successful applicants will also receive one-to-one mentoring from a business advisor and access to a number of workshops and networking events organised by the Barnsley Business Mine, which helps students and recent graduates to develop ideas for businesses or self-employment for up to 12 months. Barnsley Business Mine coordinator Suzanne Bagworth said the last round of grants had attracted a wide range of business ideas, with five going on to be awarded.

Suzanne said: “We know that there are some fantastic ideas out there just waiting to be brought to fruition with the right support in the early stages. The panellists will be looking for projects that are viable and could eventually create employment for others in the Barnsley area, as well as the applicant’s enthusiasm for making the business work. They will also assess the degree to which a grant would contribute to the success of the business.”

Candidates have until mid May to apply and those shortlisted will be invited to pitch their ideas to a panel of experts.

Information on 01226 644262.