Support programme engenders over 160 jobs

THE Manvers Engineering company is just one Dearne business to have benefited from help supplied by the Enterprising Barnsley team.

This support programme has helped create 161 jobs in the borough this year, working with a wide range of local businesses to support growth.

Enterprising Barnsley provides free specialist business coaching to businesses with growth potential in the borough, and is delivered by a partnership between Barnsley Development Agency (BDA) and Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre (BBIC).

Councillor Linda Burgess,the Council’s cabinet spokesperson on economic development, 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.”

Scheme staff are currently working with 225 companies to help develop and expand their businesses. The first 161 jobs created means the programme is over a third of the way towards its target of supporting Barnsley companies to create 450 new posts over three years. The programme is funded to run until September 2015.

This year’s progress builds on phase one of Enterprising Barnsley which supported the creation of 630 new jobs and the protection of 397 posts between 2009 and 2012.

Among the firms to receive input from the programme this year is Manvers Engineering which employs five staff at its new premises in Grimethorpe.

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. We do feel positive about the future.”

Others given support include Premier Engineering (Yorkshire) Ltd of Stairfoot which has recruited 10 new staff to meet rising demand for its bespoke metalwork structures; Osborne Technologies, of Dodworth, which has recruited six employees to market its award-winning audio visual products across the UK; and Kustom Sport Ltd 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. Enterprising Barnsley has also worked with Cultix of Kendray which has recruited two new apprentices to its IT support team.

Enterprising Barnsley offers specialist business coaching in areas including marketing, finance, leadership, IT and branding. It funds the SmartStart programme of workshops for people thinking of setting up their own business and the Genesis programme of intensive business support for new business.

The programme is supported financially by the European Union. The project has attracted £2,259,511 investment into Barnsley from the European Regional Development Fund as part of Europe’s support for the region’s economic development, through the Yorkshire and Humber ERDF Programme.