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College Code Resolution With pic PD42755 BARNSLEY is home to many ambitious teenagers who are busily putting the wheels in motion to secure their dream careers. Elliot Mangham from Royston is a shining example. The 18-year-old set up his own graphic design company ‘Code Resolution’ at the age of 16 to offer a range of freelance services including website design and development, print design, branding and graphic design. Recalling how he first got into the industry, Elliot said: “I self taught myself a lot of skills. As I got better I began working with different organisations and meeting new people. I really enjoyed it and that’s when I realised wanted a career in graphic design. “After leaving school I went into a full time job as a graphic designer at Osborne Technologies where I gained really good hands-on experience. I then went to work at Barnsley College as an apprentice website designer while further developing Code Resolution in my spare time.” It was during this time that Elliot discovered the support available to young entrepreneurs through the college’s enterprise department, which he accessed to progress with his business. As well as start-up support, including guidance to refine his business model and to develop a business plan, Elliot learned about the different stages involved in setting up a business and becoming self employed. “I was keen to make the business legal and go about things the right way so I learned everything from registering with Companies House to dealing with HM Revenue and Customs to pay tax,” said Elliot.“I also received great one-to-one advice on ensuring stability of the company and how to plan for the future. It was really good to have someone to go to with any questions and to get feedback on ideas. “Many young people have business ideas but are unsure how to develop them. I would definitely recommend accessing support of this kind - I found it extremely useful and it opened up many doors for me.” Elliot is now working for Barnsley-based Cool Cooler as an apprentice while completing a HNC Level 4 in graphic design and will be going on to do a foundation degree at university. During this time he plans to continue his freelance work through Code Resolution and is also developing a studio in West Bretton that will become the company’s headquarters. “I’m slowly building the company up for the future. Once I’ve gained further qualifications and experience the aim is to run Code Resolution full time and take on extra staff. “I do believe the enterprise department helped me massively in getting to where I am now and I’m still working with them. That little bit of support goes a long way and helps young people to follow their career dreams.” Chamber Article With pic saved in BC This Week, Editorial, Rachel’s File, Business Sup, Chamber (Photo of Andrew Denniff, executive director of Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce. Also event branding). THE Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its annual ‘Chamber Means Business’ exhibition on Wednesday, to encourage local businesses to work together. Now in its fourth year, the event has previously been held at separate venues in Rotherham and Barnsley. This year however, the Chamber has combined the two to form stronger business links between the towns and surrounding areas. Held at Tankersley Manor, the free event is set to be the biggest to date with more than 30 business and organisations exhibiting. In addition, there will be five free workshops on topics including IT, law, exports and apprenticeships, which will run throughout the day in 45-minute slots. The event is open to both members and non-members of the Chamber of Commerce. Andrew Denniff, executive director of Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce, said: “The exhibition is a great opportunity for people from various business backgrounds to come together and discover more about what is available locally. “It’s all about businesses meeting businesses,” said Andrew.“One of the main reasons for starting the ‘Chamber Means Business’ events was to develop the local supply chains by encouraging businesses to use local suppliers and to support each other. “As well as private businesses, we would like to see big public sector organisations like the local authority and the NHS buying from local businesses too, which can offer better value for money and help to boost the local economy. “To assist, the chamber offers a free online service whereby local businesses looking for a tender can put details of their requirements on our website which are then sent to local businesses. Those able to offer the product or service required can get back in touch to discuss the tender further. This is a simple way to keep business in the local supply chain rather than businesses spending their money elsewhere.” The exhibition, sponsored by BT, will also provide great opportunities to both start-up and pre-start-up businesses. Said Andrew: “We are getting a lot of people coming to us with business ideas who for a variety of reasons are now out of work. These are people who aren’t normally out of work and are keen to do something so are considering selfemployment for the first time. The exhibition provides excellent networking opportunities for both start-up and pre-start-up business. They can come along and talk to others about their experiences in business, make valuable contacts for the future and find out what grants and loans they may be able to access. For those who just have an initial business idea we can offer business mentoring to see how viable the idea is and to help get it off the ground.” The ‘Chamber Means Business’ exhibition will start from 9.30am at Tankersley Manor, just off junction 36 of the M1. Free tea and coffee will be served all day and those exhibiting are encouraged to invite their own customers. Workshop times and topics: 10am – Mamoon Chaudhary, Dawn Cheery and Amy Cusworth – Oxley and Coward 11am – Mike Jones – British Telecom 12 noon – William Beckett – South Yorkshire International Trade Forum 2pm – Paula Windle – The Source 3pm – Jenny Gedlek – Barnsley College Cannon Hall Farm BUSINESS June 2014 –1

Business Supplement - 27 June 2014

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