Business Supplement - 27 June 2014
A special supplement published by the Barnsley Chronicle.
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 2 – BUSINESS June 2014 Developer steps to it with dance donation Pupils from Mexborough School were able to compete in the finals of a national dance competition thanks to a donation of £1,000 from housebuilder Taylor Wimpey. On Friday June 6 pupils from the secondary school competed in the final of the UK Rock Challenge dance contest, after beating eight schools in the regional challenge at the beginning of April. Youngsters from Mexborough School came top in the region after winning 14 out of 15 awards given by the judges for their Egyptian themed routine. Claire Rowan, head of year 11 at Mexborough School, said:“We were really struggling to find funds to even attend the competition, so we were minutes away from pulling out. However Taylor Wimpey provided us with the funds we needed. The pupils were absolutely over the moon and they couldn’t have entered without the support. “In addition to covering the costs of coaches for the pupils to attend both the regional and final contests, Taylor Wimpey’s donation has also enabled us to provide dramatic costumes and striking stage sets which both won awards in the regional competition.” Taylor Wimpey have built the The Lavenders development in Mexborough, near to the secondary school. Anne Bagshaw, sales and marketing director at Taylor Wimpey Yorkshire, said: “It’s extremely rewarding to have enabled Mexborough School to compete in this national challenge and we’re thrilled to be supporting a school with such talent.” Pupils from Mexborough School received a £1,000 donation from Taylor Wimpey to enter a national competition, buy outfits and sets. Piglet Printers New number 01226 231139 07583 660870 firstname.lastname@example.org Mobile To advertise in the next Barnsley artists and farmers get ‘buzzy’ for Tour de France Enterprising farmers and Barnsley artists are teaming up to turn the town’s sheep and fields into a giant Tour de France themed painting to promote the race. A team of three artists have designed two pieces of large-scale land art to celebrate the Tour passing through the Barnsley borough on Sunday, July 6. One-hundred-and-ninety-eight cyclists will make their way through Barnsley during Stage 2 of the Grand Depart. The first piece of artwork will span two fields and will include the town’s coat of arms next to a giant Tour de France themed picture. A second piece of art will be painted on the banking opposite Langsett Reservoir. The art will be accompanied by a scattering of large white flowers and sheep in the field will be painted as bees and let loose giving onlookers the chance to view a moving piece of art. This innovative idea was the brainchild of James Brunt, Barnsley council’s arts egagement officer, who approached young Barnsley farmers with the idea. James explained:“I wanted to do something to show everybody who is watching at home that the cyclists are passing through Barnsley and at the same time showcase the town’s local talent, and this will definitely do that. We will never again get the chance to celebrate the greatest race on earth passing through our beautiful borough, so we need to make the most of this brilliant opportunity.”The artwork will be created with biodegradable paint in June and will be re-sprayed a couple of days before the race. Business supplement call red • blue • green • black 1000 £15.00 5000 £40.00 Business Cards/Letterheads NCR Pads/Menus A5 LEAFLETS Richard Storrs on 734663 01226 Popular slimming consultant achieves his career dream A popular Wombwell Slimming World consultant has announced he is leaving his post to embark on a career as a hypnotherapist. Andrew Valentine, 57, has been a consultant at the Wombwell Community Hall group for three years. When he announced his decision to move on a couple of weeks ago, some of his members were noticeably upset and even brought to tears. One member, Kat Holling, 32, from Bondfield Crescent, Wombwell said: “Andrew has always done everything he possibly could for his members. “There are probably around 100 members and he has helped countless people lose a lot of weight. “I’d say that he was 99 percent responsible for the weight I have lost. “There were tears when he said he was going and I would just like to thank him for everything he has done.” Mandy Tattersall, 44, from Milmoor Road, Wombwell, has been at her target weight for almost a year. She joined at a similar time to Andrew. She added:“He was amazing from day one and we could all easily contact him at any time. “We are very upset to see him go but he has achieved his goal of becoming a hypnotherapist.” Andrew will also be leaving his post at the Stairfoot branch. 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BUSINESS June 2014 –3 Initiative to drive and champion the skills of Barnsley’s young people L-R Jack Harper, Will Batty, Seb Garwood from Aperture Advertising, Horizon CC. There is a lot of support available to develop young people’s employability skills. In Barnsley, there is an overarching initiative that consistently drives and champions the skills of Barnsley’s young people called I Know I Can (IKIC). IKIC works in partnership with employers to look at the skills young people need to enable them to succeed in life. The IKIC brand is supported by Barnsley Council, the Work and Skills Board and local partners such as Voluntary Action Barnsley, Further Education and Training Providers, and schools, to bring together businesses and role models who can support young people in achieving their potential. Five things you can do: How in Barnsley? Cameron Thomas, from CT Design, Komplex Youth Centre. Big Challenge The IKIC Big Challenge is one of the schemes that was developed with local employers in response to the need for a better skilled workforce. Key skills that employers desire their future workforce to have include better communication and problem solving skills, complemented by numeracy and literacy skills. Big Challenge helps young people to: make better decisions, take a creative approach to problem solving and supports them in building strong working relationships. This year’s Big Challenge awards ceremony was a celebration of successful young entrepreneurs. CT Design, headed up by sole trader Cameron Thomas, scooped the Best Overall Business award. The company produces personalised tote bags to suit all ages and 14-year-old Cameron was rewarded with an all-expenses paid trip to Glasgow as the competition’s lucky winner. This year was also the first time Big Challenge had extended the contest to Barnsley primary schools. Thurgoland CE Primary won two awards including Most Innovative Business Idea, seeing off stiff competition from older teams, with their Paper Brick Company business. This saw the youngsters develop the original idea of producing and selling paper bricks and kindling to use on open fires. The glittering awards ceremony was presented by TV’s ‘Young Apprentice’ winner, Ashleigh PorterExley at Barnsley’s Holiday Inn. Winning teams and individuals were judged on the innovation of their business idea, potential for future growth, amount of profit generated and the quality of their pitch. As well as helping those who entered to develop enterprising skills, the young people involved have also shown great dedication and commitment in managing their time and their business alongside schoolwork. This year’s worthy winners have also completed all elements required of them for the competition, from putting together a report to pitching their idea Dragon’s Den style. This shows we have a future workforce that Barnsley and its employers can be proud of. Big Challenge is open to all 9 to 19 year-olds across the borough and is supported by the IKIC brand. The competition is open from October to June, with each team receiving a mentor from the business community who provides a £25 investment and support to get them up and running. Although this year’s event was extremely successful, IKIC are looking for business leaders to make next year’s Big Challenge even bigger and better. We were pleased to have more than 70 great business mentors involved in the competition, but there is still a need for more. Each year awareness and demand for Big Challenge sees a growing number of young people sign up to compete and they need people like you to inspire them. So if you feel you are able to get involved, get in touch via email@example.com. It is hoped that the businesses from the Big Challenge wishing to continue will graduate to the Enterprising Young People (EYP) project, which supports 14-24 year olds setting up in business. EYP offers business mentoring support along with a potential grant of up to £2,000 . More information about the project can be found via the IKIC website. 1. Develop a skilled workforce ................Offer jobs with training 2. Mentor a budding entrepreneur ....Mentor with Big Challenge 3. Build links with education ....................Get in touch with the Employability Challenge 4. Offer work placements ..........................through the IKIC Internship Programme 5. Offer an apprenticeship ........................Contact First for Apprenticeships Barnsley www.firstforapprenticeshipsbarnsley.co.uk or telephone 01226 216 839 Three reasons to do this: 1. Better business performance 2. Better productivity and profits 3. Your business is more likely to succeed One positive outcome: Our economy grows Employment with accredited training Education and training are essential in ensuring employees possess the knowledge necessary to carry out their job. Under new legislation, young people must remain in education or training until the age of 18 from September 2015. They can choose to find employment, but should continue to undertake accredited education or training. Barnsley employers can support young people in a range of accredited education or training opportunities through IKIC, such as: work-based qualifications such as a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ), time off for study towards a qualification, an apprenticeship that includes learning on the job, or inhouse training. Benefits of training employees to meet company needs include: a motivated, knowledgeable, efficient and skilled workforce, which saves time and money as there is no need to recruit or ‘buy-in’ skills. For more information about IKIC or to learn how you can get involved, visit www.iknowican.co.uk The EYP project is ERDF funded. It is hoped that the businesses from the Big Challenge wishing to continue will graduate to the ERDF-funded Enterprising Young People (EYP) project, which supports 14-24 year olds setting up in business. Leeds City Region 531 Campaign The Big Challenge is just one of the ways employers can get involved in the Leeds City Region 531 Campaign, which aims to grow our region’s economy. Good practice in our enterprise projects and close links with local employers continues to be essential. The Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership Campaign Action Statement calls on businesses to contribute five key things, resulting in one positive outcome: our economy will grow. These five key things are made easy in Barnsley through IKIC. See below how we can easily support you to achieve regional growth. Fantasy Phone Charms from Horizon CC. Creative Cards from High View. Key Stage 4 runner- up Fizzin Fun, Horizon CC. 4 – BUSINESS June 2014 BUSINESS June 2014 –5 Ashleigh’s ‘Apprentice’ experience helps aspiring young entrepreneurs Nineteen year-old Ashleigh Porter-Exley from WathUpon-Dearne, won TV’s Young Apprentice competition in 2012. Ashleigh has worked ever since the age of 13, and found this experience particularly helpful during her time on the BBC’s Young Apprentice programme. Now located in Staffordshire, Ashleigh is the national sales manager for Youth Enterprise CIC. Although she comes back to Yorkshire every weekend, she spends her time travelling up and down the country delivering enterprise days and inspiring talks to school and college students on behalf of The National Enterprise Challenge (TNEC). Here, Ashleigh speaks about her whirlwind Young Apprentice experience and what has happened since, as well as giving her advice for aspiring young entrepreneurs. Ashleigh said: “Being a candidate on the Young Apprentice was probably the most surreal and unexpected experience I have ever had. I am a firm believer that everyone is offered a once in a life time opportunity and being on the show was mine. “As stressful and as tiring as the whole experience was I loved every second of it and still have to pinch myself now because I can’t believe it happened. “I was overwhelmed when I was told I was the winner of the BBC Young Apprentice, I never expected to even have the chance to go on the show never mind win it: I am a very down to earth person and for me it still feels like a dream. I was an ordinary girl from WathUpon-Dearne and my life changed drastically in such a short space of time.” So what does Ashleigh think were the qualities that saw her crowned as the winner of Young Apprentice 2012? “All through the interviewing process on the lead to filming everyone commented on my ‘true Yorkshire grit’ and my ‘down to earth nature’,”she says. “I’m adamant the Barnsley accent helped as I stood out like a soare thumb. In Lord Sugar’s own words he chose me as the winner due to ‘sheer and utter graft’.” After her apprentice experience, Ashleigh very quickly found her skills in demand and now uses this experience and her subsequent training to inspire other youngsters. She says: “I run my own business workshops and give motivational talks in schools across the UK: I work with Claire Young’s School speakers, and I have worked closely with the I Know I Can Big Challenge in Barnsley. After leaving the show I went to work with Reeds Rains and the finally found my dream job working with Youth Enterprise CIC.” After studying and gaining an NVQ in business administration as well as an accountancy qualification, her advice to young people is clear: make sure you have relevant qualifications to back-up your skills. “Work experience is very important these days, but qualifications back-up what you are capable of,” she says. ‘Young Apprentice’ winner Ashleigh Porter-Exley. The Holiday Inn Express Rotherham is ideally situated for both Business and Lesiure Guests alike! Located in the Manvers Business District, but just a stone’s throw from RSPB Old Moor Nature Reserve, we are a perfect base for any stay. The Hotel has 130 spacious, modern guest rooms including: • Free Wi-Fi • Air Conditioning • Freeview Flat Screen TV • FREE Express Start Breakfast The hotel is easily accessible to the M1, J36 and A1 and has ample free on site car parking. 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Holiday Inn Express Rotherham North, Express Park, Manvers Way, Wath-Upon-Dearne, Rotherham S63 7EQ (T) 01709 760666 (E) firstname.lastname@example.org (W) www.hiexpress.com Enterprising students are ‘cream of the crop’ More than 30 Barnsley students have BBC’s Young Apprentice,Ashleigh made it through to the final of The Porter-Exley,delivered a series of National Enterprise Challenge (TNEC). enterprise days in schools across the Supported by well known ‘dragon’ borough and selected teams made-up and entrepreneur Theo Paphitis,the of 32 Barnsley students to go through to 2014 competition will see 100 schools the national finals. pitch their flip-flop and pencil case She said:“The standard is really high. designs in a national final which will be The students that have come through held in Staffordshire next month. the enterprise days are really great More than 1,200 students and students. teachers from schools up and down the “The ones we have selected to go country will pitch their ideas to a panel through are the cream of the crop.They of judges. are all very enterprising and confident.” The pupils aged between 11 and 15 will compete to win awards for most enterprising school, students and teachers. TNEC is sponsored by stationary company Ryman,and aims to give key stage three and four children the chance to solve real-life business challenges. Students from Darton College with their Gandys flip-flop designs. This year the competition has also been backed by Gandys - a flipflop company set-up by brothers Rob and Paul Forkan who were orphaned in the 2004 tsunami.Gandys gives 10 per cent of all profits to charity and supports charitable work with orphans across the globe. Students from Dearne Horizon Community College key stage three students with their Coolcase pencil case design. ALC will be among those pitching their pencil case designs to Rob,Paul and Theo at Trentham Gardens in July. Teams from Darton College,Horizon Community College and Holy Trinity will also be competing in Staffordshire. A winning regional team from Dearne ALC pose with Former winner of the its Shake-a-Pen pencil case. Never run out of business cards again! 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Send your name & contact details to email@example.com and we will do the rest! www.mobilewebcards.co.uk 6 – BUSINESS June 2014 Tomorrow’s leaders – opening the door for young talent Barnsley’s Got Talent This summer over 500,000 young people across the country will be waiting for their GCSE results. Yet most will not be offered employment, with only about 25 per cent of employers prepared to employ young people aged between 16 and 23 years old. However, all is not lost, as forward thinking employers are implementing youth engagement strategies. These are designed to capture, nurture, train and develop the best young talent, creating effective recruitment for their workforce and developing the leaders of tomorrow. With youth employment high, other employers would do well to follow this approach as such a large pool of talent is available. The government has pledged to support employers, by working with training organisations like the ITS Group, offering tailored training and development through the traineeship and apprenticeship programmes. Employing young people carries no more risk than it does to employ anyone of any age. Those employers who recently attended the I Know I Can Big Challenge would have gained firsthand experience of the local talent and enterprising skills young people in Barnsley have to offer. The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the professional body for HR and people development, recently produced research that showed there are great bottom line benefits to businesses and organisations who employing and develop young talent. According to CIPD’s research, proactive employers reap the following benefits: s They have a pipeline of talent for tomorrow’s workforce s Employing a diverse workforce that reflects the organisation’s customer base s They have the potential to strengthen the company’s image by demonstrating the organisation is actively engaging with its community s There are cost benefits associated with investing in training and development at a young age s They build positive work experience and apprenticeship experiences, which leads to closer links with schools and FE providers to identify and attract talented young people. Dr Chris Payne, CEO for ITS Group In my view and experience, young people just need an opportunity, they need employers to have patience and to help them to adapt to a new environment, to enable them demonstrate their worth, skills and talent. Young people continue to surprise me, in a positive way, they offer employers a fresh outlook and add innovation to the workplace. The education system will not provide ready-made employees, we as employers and businesses need to take on this responsibility and help develop young talent and create tomorrow’s workforce and tomorrow’s leaders. Remember: employers need young people and young people need employers – within every young person there is talent, we need to provide the opportunity to show Barnsley’s Got Talent. Dr Chris Payne has more than 30 years experience in workforce development and leadership. If you are interested in learning how the ITS Group can benefit your organisation, visit www.ind-training.co.uk Attention employers! Have you considered taking on an Apprentice? 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Cllr Roy Miller Cabinet Spokesperson Development, Environment and Culture Lavender International, Penistone A company supported by Enterprising Barnsley has expanded its operations with a new training facility at the Advanced Manufacturing Park near Sheffield. Lavender International, which has its headquarters in Penistone, Barnsley, has moved its ultrasound training to the Technology Centre at the AMP. The move comes as the company workforce has grown to 50. Lavender International trains people from all over the world in non-destructive testing. Clients include major aerospace companies; nuclear, oil and gas suppliers, and firms involved in service inspection and the leisure industry. The new premises have been kitted out with the latest testing equipment and the teaching facilities will be able to take up to 30 trainees at a time. Moving the ultrasound testing facility to the AMP will free up space in Penistone so the company can offer a wider variety of courses. The courses consist of lectures, practical sessions and examinations, which lead to industry-recognised qualifications. The trainees are taught how to check metal objects for flaws without destroying them. Just like tests used in medicine on the human body, non-destructive testing uses dyes, X-rays, magnetism and ultrasound to find faults in anything from gas pipes to aeroplane wings. Lavender International has been given free business support by Enterprising Barnsley in areas including IT, marketing and business planning. Steve Lavender MBE, who is co-managing director with his brother Dave, said:“The support from Enterprising Barnsley has given us confidence and helped us grow. So this move into the AMP is in part down to them. It will free up space at our main base giving us the chance to grow even more. “The support from Enterprising Barnsley has made an enormous difference and has given us so much confidence going forward. Their advice on everything from databases and the website to business development means we can get out there in the world and do what we know how to do best – help keep people as safe as we can.” Experia, Grimethorpe A specialist equipment manufacturer based in Barnsley, has bought its own premises, invested in infrastructure and created jobs to keep up with demand. Experia, one of the top three suppliers of multi-sensory equipment in the UK, has bought the Grimethorpe premises it previously rented from Barnsley Council and taken on extra space to allow room for growth. As well as buying the 25,000 sq ft premises at Acorn Business Park, Experia has invested £70,000 in new IT systems, design software and machinery and created five new jobs bringing its workforce to a total of 19. Experia, which is receiving free business support from Enterprising Barnsley, exports to more than 300 customers globally to countries as far afield as Denmark, Dubai, Canada, Cyprus, New Zealand, Mexico and Qatar. Gareth Jones, managing director of Experia, said:“Our strategy over the last year has been to consolidate our business and secure our own premises so that we are in a strong position to develop new products and further extend our customer base.” The company designs, manufactures and installs multi-sensory products including bubble tubes, sensory projectors and fibre optic equipment. They offer a wide range of products from ‘off-theshelf sensory room packages to bespoke Sensory Rooms, which can be customised to meet individual requirements. Designed for children and adults alike, with a range of complex conditions, sensory issues, behavioural problems or dementia, the company’s customers include day care centres, hospices, visitor attractions, hospitals, schools, private individuals and even dental surgeries wanting to create a therapeutic, soothing environment. Gareth said:“We have gained thousands of UK customers since we established the company in 2006 and on top of that our overseas sales leapt up by 70 per cent two years ago. Exports are currently worth £400,000 a year to us and we want to see this figure double in the next twelve months. We now have the talent and infrastructure in place to achieve that – and the room to grow. “We are constantly innovating, listening to customers and developing products at Experia. Through this commitment to service, we are determined to grow our healthy share of the UK market and our exports. We forecast an increase in turnover of 30 per cent over the next 12 months and plan to increase our workforce to 33 within in the next five years.” Enterprising Barnsley business coaches helped Experia secure a grant which part-funded buying the new premises and the coaches have also helped develop sales, marketing and IT strategies. Gareth said:“Enterprising Barnsley have always been a great support and at the end of the phone line with practical advice and possible business contacts when we need them.” “ Optimism seems to be coming back to the economy and at Barnsley Council we are looking to a brighter future, determined to do all we can to help businesses thrive and create much-needed jobs. To do that we need to support the businesses already here, encourage the entrepreneurs of the future and persuade companies to move here. One of our most successful ways of doing all that is through the Enterprising Barnsley programme, which provides free business coaching to eligible businesses. The support available covers areas from marketing and sales to IT and export. The programme, which started in April 2012 and runs until 2015, is backed by the European Regional Development Fund. It has a target of creating 550 jobs – and has already broken that target and created 623! It has also helped protect more than 160 jobs. Under the Enterprising Barnsley programme we at the council also organise events and workshops. For example we have established a high profile annual creative and digital conference called Connected Business. Last year the headline speaker was Nick Robertson OBE, cofounder and chief executive of ASOS. ASOS of course has its international distribution centre at Park Springs, Grimethorpe. This year Connected Business looks like being another un-missable event for Barnsley business people, with speakers including Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC’s technology correspondent. So whether it is arranging events to bring the top speakers to Barnsley , giving a helping hand to a start-up business, helping established businesses flourish or persuading companies to relocate here, we at Barnsley Council believe the public sector and private sector must work together. We are doing just that - and it is working. Here to showcase some of those success stories are examples of home-grown companies we have helped and those that have blossomed since moving to the borough. These are just some of the hundreds of businesses Enterprising Barnsley has helped. Yours could be next! Connected Business will be held at The Civic in Barnsley on September 24th. For more details and to book go to www.enterprisingbarnsley.co.uk ” ENTERPRISING BARNSLEY is a European-funded programme delivered by Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council. The programme offers a wide range of help to small and medium-sized businesses of all sizes, with growth potential and is supported financially by the European Union. It has attracted £2,259,511 investment 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. 8 – BUSINESS June 2014 Advertiser’s announcement Howard Fearnley, director, with team (l-r) Aneta Bak-Ford, Nova Hopkins and Lewis Mallison. Danny Watson, sound technician and James Deakin, assistant technician. Deafinitions managing director Gohar Nisar (centre) with Bashir Ayub and Sarah Millar. PBS Packaging, Wombwell A Barnsley company, which makes seven million plastic bags a week, is being helped to grow by Enterprising Barnsley. PBS Packaging was assisted by Enterprising Barnsley in finding new premises at Waterside Park, Wombwell, after the company outgrew a unit at Shortwood Business Park, at Hoyland. Enterprising Barnsley has also helped with branding and marketing advice and has given staff export coaching, to help increase European exports. PBS Packaging has just translated its website into Polish and Russian, and is looking at moving into other countries, such as Germany and Sweden. It already has markets in several European countries, including France, Italy, Holland, Malta and Poland, where it has a factory. The aim is to increase overseas sales from ten per cent of its turnover to 40 per cent. Turnover is up from £3m last year to £4m this, with a projected target of £5m for the coming year. The plastic bags PBS Packaging manufactures are called wicketted bags and are specially designed for the automated packing of food, including sliced bread and fresh produce. Clients are mainly bakeries and food growers, with the bags found on the shelves of major supermarkets and other high street chains in the UK. PBS Packaging is also looking at moving into supplying bespoke postal bags for mail order companies and online retailers. Director Howard Fearnley, who set up the business seven years ago, said:“These really are exciting times for the company. We have built a solid market here in the UK with the food bags and now we can move into new markets and new products. “There is so much potential in Europe. I have just come back from visiting Sweden and Germany, and Russia could also be a massive market for us too. So we are really looking at a very bright future. “The help from Enterprising Barnsley has been tremendous. They have identified what we need to do to grow and like a chess player they have put the pieces in the right place,” said Howard. Shaun Higginbottom, from Enterprising Barnsley, said:“The company has some big plans for the future and these are built on a very solid business base. It just shows with the right support businesses can grow, even in difficult economic times.” Innovation Productions, Barugh Green A company that designs the lighting for Elton John’s shows has followed the yellow brick road to Barnsley. Innovation Productions, which moved from premises in West Yorkshire to Barugh Green, designs and provides equipment for Elton’s private events and one-off shows. Set up in 2000, the company specialises in event management and supplying entertainment technology, including lighting, audio, video and stage equipment, and has built stages and supplied lighting, sound and video for shows by Leona Lewis, Status Quo, Katherine Jenkins and McFly. Away from the big stars, Innovation Productions provides technical support for drama groups, theatres, schools, colleges, corporate events and festivals; providing equipment sales, hire and installation. Andrew Pygott who runs the company started out helping his parents at amateur shows when he was a child. Andrew said:“I used to go to lots of shows with my parents from a very young age. When I was about five I started helping putting props on stage and nailing carpets down. When I got to eight I was allowed to plug things in. “I had no idea then what it would all lead to. But I was always fascinated by the technical side of theatre.” Since the move to the 6,500 sq ft warehouse at Barugh Green, Innovation Productions has recruited five more staff, bringing the total to nine, and are advertising for more. Innovation Productions also work with dozens of freelancers around the world. The premises’ move was assisted by a grant from the Business Growth Programme managed by Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, which was secured with help from Enterprising Barnsley. Business coaches from Enterprising Barnsley have also helped Innovation Productions with personnel procedures, recruitment and IT projects. The coaches are still supporting the company and looking at ways of cataloguing the company’s massive collection of equipment. Shaun Higginbottom, of Enterprising Barnsley, said:“It’s really exciting to think that a Barnsley company is involved in such high profile events and that we have such expertise here in the town. And the bigger premises mean that they will be able to take on more clients and employ more people.” Andrew said:“We want to keep on working on high profile events and installations, but moving to bigger premises means we can also work with more small and medium scale clients, as we want to continue to support the roots from which we came.” Health Deafinitions, Goldthorpe A pioneering enterprise, run mainly by deaf people, has opened its new UK headquarters in Barnsley. Health Deafinitions is a not-for-profit organisation which designs and produces DVDs and videos to explain health conditions, medical terms, routine tests and surgical procedures to deaf people. It also provides training and consultancy services to health and care service providers. The registered charity’s move from Bradford to new premises at Goldthorpe’s Powerpark industrial estate has been supported by Enterprising Barnsley. The relocation means the organisation now has its own film-making and design studios, office space, storage, training and meeting facilities all under one roof. Managing director Gohar Nisar said the move to the 130,000 sq ft premises was part of a long term strategy for growth. Gohar, who is deaf, said:“Our new headquarters means we now have the studio facilities in-house to step up production of our DVDs and videos which incorporate British Sign Language, 3D animation and graphics. “And we have the office and meeting space we need to develop services and establish ourselves as pioneers – with our ambition to totally transform the health care experience of deaf people both regionally and nationally.” Deafinitions employs 25 people – 21 of whom are deaf. It has created 14 new jobs in research, design, production and administration over the last six months with some employees moving from West Yorkshire and others recruited locally in the Dearne Valley. Gohar said:“Our products are made by deaf people for deaf people. We are determined to tackle the complex factors which mean many deaf people lack the confidence and knowledge they need to understand and manage their own health and access health services effectively – we aim to offer ground-breaking solutions.” Future plans include extending deaf-awareness training for doctors and health professionals; seeking commissions from NHS organisations, and developing a ‘video call centre’ for deaf people with health concerns. As well as helping with the relocation, Enterprising Barnsley has given Health Deafinitions free business support by since moving to the borough. Gohar said:“We have received an excellent welcome in Barnsley and the support from Enterprising Barnsley business coaches has really helped us improve our business strategy, marketing and online presence.” For more information about Enterprising Barnsley go to www.enterprisingbarnsley.co.uk BUSINESS June 2014 –9 (L to R) Mark Woodward of Green Directions, James Barrett of Barrett’s Bistro and Laura Drury with Jay Ashton of Totally Tipi. A Totally Tipi tents provides an inspiring and unexpected restaurant space. Totally Tipi – covering all bases in the market Operating out of Mapplewell, Totally Tipi’s Jay Ashton and Laura Drury have turned their love of tipi-style Kata-tents into a successful business. Totally Tipi began in 2011 after directors Laura and Jay attended a wedding held in a tipi and the pair were fascinated by the options the moveable tent-like spaces offered. They bought one tipi and quickly expanded, buying more to enable them to host bigger corporate and wedding events. Just three years later and the pair are on track to double their business by 2016, which Jay is keen to point out they have achieved without the help of banks or investors. “We were too much of a risk for them (the banks) to invest in the business to begin with,” says Jay, who started Totally Tipi alongside his full-time events management job. Last summer Jay was able to leave his events position and focus on Totally Tipi, as the business required several full-time members of staff. He says that although most people associate tipis with their recent popularity among brides-to-be, who hire them as an alternative to the traditional marquee, they actually have a myriad of uses that keeps the team at Totally Tipi busy year-round. “In the winter we can heat the tents using a real-flame fire and heaters. Last Christmas we held a corporate event and it was so warm people we stepping outside for a breath of air. “We also held a wedding on a piece of land near Stannington a year or so ago where we were working with a chef. “It was such a success that when we were approached by Barrett’s Bistro to help create a pop-up restaurant, we knew there was an opportunity to return to the same space because the scenery around there is perfect.” This year will be the second year Totally Tipi has teamed up with Sheffield restaurant, Barrett’s Bistro, and Jay is keen that the Barnsley-business is involved in interesting and diverse projects such as this to demonstrate the benefits of such a large, flexible and moveable events space. “The response we have had to the tipis and the pop-up restaurant has been overwhelmingly positive. “People seem to come for the novelty of it, but soon realise there’s more to it than that. There’s a log fire, a pre and post-dinner bar and of course, great food and great views of the Rivelin Valley.” Sunday Lunch 12 noon to 3.00pm Non-members welcome Twilight Golf Also available to Non-members Get your business noticed! Call Richard Storrs on 01226 734663 Non-members MONDAY OFFER Do you work in accountancy? AAT Foundation Level 2 AAT Intermediate Level 3 AAT Technicians Level 4 £12.50 Function Room available for Weddings Business events Parties This course is suitable for anyone who is working in an accounting function or wants to progress to become a qualified accountant. Candidates must be mature, capable and self-motivated. Government funding may be available subject to certain qualifying criteria. ACCREDITATION This course is approved and certified by the Association of Accounting Technicians SANDHILL GOLF CLUB Golf Club 01226 753444 I Restaurant 01226 755079 www.sandhillgolfclub.co.uk Middlecliffe Lane, Little Houghton, Barnsley S72 0HW Annual memberships are available 7 days a week or 5 days. Weekend Prices £24 per round Daily rate to non-members is £17.00 apart from Mondays – Offer shown above. Sunday lunch is open to everyone and is a 2 course meal served between 12 noon - 3.00pm The function room is available. Please book now to avoid dissappointment COME ALONG TO OUR OPEN DAY Wednesday 13th August 2014 1.30pm to 6.00pm To book your place at our Open Day or for further information call Nicky on 01226 780093 Future-Wize Ltd, BBIC Centre, Snydale Road, Cudworth, South Yorkshire S72 8RP 10 – BUSINESS June 2014 Celebrations at the Metrodome Barnsley Metrodome Leisure Complex has lots to offer both corporate clients and private parties. A number of diverse rooms can be hired for intimate or large events and functions including: weddings, parties, celebrations, corporate awards, meetings, conferences, exhibitions, live music and theatre, and televised sporting events. The Metrodome Leisure Complex is located close to the main transport links within Barnsley, in the heart of Yorkshire’s busiest city networks, serving all three of the region’s major, diverse and vibrant cities – Sheffield, Leeds and Manchester. Benefits of holding your event at the Metrodome include: a location only a five minute walk from Barnsley town centre, Barnsley Interchange and major transport links; M1 J37 is less than three miles away and easily accessible to other major road links, the A1 and M62; free car parking is available. Whatever the nature of your event, the Metrodome’s experienced events team will help you plan your perfect function, making decoration suggestions or working with you to create a theme of your choice. more than meet your need. Additionally, the venue benefits from natural daylight, neutral colours and air conditioning, creating a light and airy atmosphere. Boardroom The Boardroom offers an intimate conference and meeting facility to comfortably accommodate up to 30 delegates. This space is also a great area for smaller social gatherings or children’s parties. As an additional option for your corporate package, the eight-lane retro style bowling alley is in close proximity to the Boardroom and offers opportunities for team building activities. The Boardroom also has a private bar, fixed audio visual equipment, air conditioning and a variety of layout options. The Boardroom is the perfect place to host small social gatherings, an intimate conference or meetings. Arena The Arena is a very adaptable space, with options to host events of all kinds. The space can be transformed from a large sports hall into the elegant arena to host events or conferences. Options include: a marquee, black out curtaining, carpets, staging and much more. Holding up to 1,800 standing delegates and 1,400 seated, the Metrodome arena is the ideal venue for large-scale events. Previous notable events include the World Snooker Championships, David Dickinson’s Real Deal (televised) and the Weber Cup bowling event. Rigby The Rigby boasts flexibility for any mid-scale event. Depending on your requirements it can be adapted and configured to your needs, incorporating a state-of-the-art lighting system, dividing wall and private bar. These features ensure that the venue will The Rigby offers the ideal location for parties, mid-scale and corporate events. BUSINESS June 2014 – 11 Many Barnsley entrepreneurs have started their own business thanks to the GENESIS and SmartStart programmes. Funded by the Enterprising Barnsley Programme and working in partnership with Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council the programmes are delivered by the Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre (BBIC, Wilthorpe). SmartStart offers free advice and support to wouldbe entrepreneurs who are looking to establish a business in Barnsley. Those who are ready to go further after completing SmartStart are given the opportunity to join the GENESIS programme. This is designed to accelerate the growth of innovative and technology based businesses in Barnsley, who have demonstrated potential and longevity. SmartStart has helped to launch 140 businesses in the borough, and has attracted 630 enquiries, of which 377 people have gone on to attend one of BBIC’s SmartStart open days. From this, over 70 per cent of those who attended an open day have then enrolled in SmartStart workshops, seminars or surgeries. GENESIS and SmartStart – offering free advice and support up my business basically. “We have only been open for two months on Racecommon Road, but already people know we are here. I think it is difficult to go to a salon if your English is not very good and you are not very confident when you speak, or people speak back to you too quickly. We make customers feel comfortable here by speaking their language. I think the difference at the salon is that we spend time with them (the customers) and they can be who they are without having to think in another language.” Innovative Barnsley business Konnexus Ltd has BBIC and the GENESIS programme to thank for its recent launch. Jointly owned by Asif Khan, Keith Barna and Michael Brook, who are all directors in the business, Konnexus is an e-commerce and logistics solutions provider. Michael created a piece of software many years ago whilst working in logistics, which Konnexus used as a starting point to develop its warehouse and stock management system. In addition to this the trio have also created an integrated ecommerce software management program, Konnex. Aimed at SMEs, Konnexus and Konnex are able to manage stock and sales from a number of selling platforms including web ecommerce sites, eBay and Amazon. The Konnexus logistics system is designed to make sure there is enough stock to fulfil orders from a number of retail channels, and makes things simple for sellers by providing an easy to use interface that tracks all orders. This means e-retailers only have to use one program to manage all of their online e-commerce channels. Michael and Keith realised that there was no other single piece of software on the market that had this capability, and initially approached Asif with a view to developing the software to help him manage stock and online orders at his pharmacy business. Michael said:“Konnexus is a simple piece of software designed to help small businesses and people who are new to e-commerce by providing a day-to-day solution. The software is for those who don’t necessarily have the skills, but want to sell their stock online. “We provide a web page, hosting and an e-commerce page. All the client needs to do is give us an inventory list and images of their products. “The Konnex software allows them to concentrate on their business and developing their products, rather than dealing with and managing a number of websites with different processes. “Being part of GENESIS allows us to concentrate on expanding our customer base and developing the business.” Wayne Ryton has extensive business management experience and has spent most of his career managing large companies in London. After redundancy caused Wayne to set up his business turnaround and interim senior management consultancy firm, he made a lifechanging decision and moved back to his hometown of Barnsley. Just weeks after being accepted on GENESIS, Wayne has found his services are in demand, with a number of clients already waking up to the knowledge and experience Ryton Consultancy Services is able to offer. He said:“There are four elements to Neringa Siuipiene of Hairways by Neringa. Recent SmartStart graduate and proud business owner, Neringa Siuipiene, started an international salon with help from the programme. Hairways by Neringa marries her extensive experience of hairdressing and barbering with a local need for a salon that speaks several different languages. Lithuanian-born Neringa hit upon the idea whilst working in a local salon. She would often come across customers who would request a Russian speaker, as English was not their first language. This inspired her to approach SmartStart to navigate the difficulties of setting up her own salon, and employ several other stylists who speak a variety of languages including: English, Russian, Lithuanian and Polish. Thirty-four-year-old Neringa said: “Smartstart helped with everything from A to Z. They told me how and where to start, what to do - how to set Wayne Ryton of Ryton Consultancy Services Keith Keith Barna Barna (L) (L) and and Michael Michael Brook Brook (R) (R) of of Konnexus Konnexus Ltd. Ltd. my business. I help with distressed businesses, with finance, business structure, as well as executive recruitment and interim management. “The idea for the business came off the back of when I was looking for work and realised that there wasn’t a lot of information or feedback given by recruitment firms and they were quite rude. I saw there was a need to get advice, support and information to businesses who were recruiting for a variety of reasons. I then realised my experience in managing big business and company turnaround meant I could offer much more. “I have been a managing director since I was in my thirties, so I’ve had a lot of experience. “The support from my family and GENESIS has allowed me to concentrate on finding clients and starting my business. 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After completing a manufacturing apprenticeship, 20-year-old Alistair and William, 17, who had just completed his GCSEs, set up Pastures Moo with a view to steadily building up the business. However, the pair quickly found there was a need for a local, artisan ice cream company and have been inundated with orders ever since. They now have a stand at Parkgate Retail Park, which is open seven days a week, and a growing list of suppliers including: Holiday Inn Express North in Manvers, the Miller’s Tea Room at Worsbrough Mill, Darfield Cricket Club, The Pantry in Elsecar, Bistro 63 at Manvers and the Station pub in Swinton. They also sell their ice cream to individuals for collection from the unit and via a home delivery service. Using only social media, the pair have spread the word through Facebook and Twitter to build a loyal following. Alistair said:“Officially we opened for business on November 1. It has been absolutely unbelievable. It’s taken us all by surprise. “We thought that starting in the winter would give us time to get up to speed. But from day one we were receiving orders and it has been unbelievable ever since. “Now we’ve got some key accounts. We offer a home delivery service for orders over £8 and we have a lot of collections too. “We make ice cream every day but Tuesday and Wednesday are our main production days and we’re there seven days a week at Parkgate. It’s completely taken over our lives. “The support we’ve had from the local community has been overwhelming. Everyone has been behind us from the beginning. “We’ve not really done any advertising. It’s all been through Facebook, Twitter and word of mouth. We did a few leaflet drops in the first few weeks but that was it. “We’re amazed when we get to Parkgate and see the number of Photograph: Shaun Flannery people who have come down just for us.” Thanks to their success the pair were invited to attend the Carpigiani Gelato University, which teaches not only how to create perfect gelato, but also the business of owning a gelaterie. Brothers William (left) and Alistair English (right), who have a growing list of suppliers for their ice cream. Laser-cut artwork lifts hospital patients’ spirits A business has worked with one of Yorkshire’s top pattern designers to make a York Hospital unit more inviting for visitors. Designer Rebecca Stoner approached laser cutting and engraving specialists, Cutting Technologies, when she was commissioned to create a wall feature for York Hospital’s Breast Imaging Department in the Magnolia Centre - part of the Cancer Care Centre. Her design, which comprises of laser cut magnolia flower heads in mild steel, mirrors Rebecca’s previous work on vinyl for the department’s windows. The design also features additional flowers, leaves, butterflies and bird motifs. The team at Cutting Technologies put their world class machines and expertise to work to cut Rebecca’s delicate but complex design on the steel panels. They were then powder coated to give them their cream colour, which gives the panels a lace-like quality against the vibrant red of the hospital walls. Rebecca said:“I wanted to create a pattern that was bold enough to be seen as people passed by but that on closer inspection, should a visitor want to stop or slow down, reveals lots of interesting detail. “Visiting this particular department can be an anxious and unsettling time so we wanted to provide a visually pleasing distraction.” Jane Robinson, director of Cutting Technologies, said:“We’re thrilled with the way the project went and proud that we’ve been involved in something which may help lift the spirits of people going through some very difficult times. “Rebecca’s intricate designs on metal lent themselves perfectly to laser cutting and the finished product is wonderful.” The right to request flexible working – changes to the law The government is extending the right to request flexible working to all employees with 26 weeks’ continuous service, to continue to support equality in the workplace. This is a change from the current system where only those with qualifying caring responsibilities can make a request. These changes mean all staff with the necessary length of service can make a flexible working application to vary their hours of work, times of work and place of work for any reason. This includes flexible working arrangements such as: working from home, part-time working, flexitime arrangements, annualised hours and job shares. The current strict statutory framework governing requests will also be replaced by new rules that all employers will need to be aware of. Applications submitted on or after June 30, 2014 will have to be dealt with under the new regime. From this date employees with the necessary service will have the right to request that they be dealt with in a ‘reasonable manner’, while employers will be required to deal with each stage of the process ‘as soon as possible’. Employers will still be able to refuse requests on business grounds but must follow a fair process and offer the right of an appeal if necessary. A refusal to consider a request or to comply with the flexible working process Head of employment for Raleys, Jennifer Walker. would give rise to an employment tribunal claim. Jennifer Walker, head of employment at Raleys Solicitors says:‘These new changes mean that employersí flexible working policies are likely to be out of date once the new changes come into practice at the end of June. It is important that all policies and supporting documentation are updated to ensure that all requests are dealt with appropriately.’ For help updating your policies or if you have any questions about the new rules governing flexible working requests, contact Jennifer on 211111. BUSINESS June 2014 – 13 GEM of an idea Despite only being established 12 months ago, GEM Design Studio is already exceeding all expectations. GEM delivers professional solutions on time, to brief and in the same way any other commercial studio does, but there is one difference – apart from studio supervisor Philip Brown, GEM is staffed entirely by apprentice designers. Located within Barnsley College, the studio is its own entity. It employs six apprentices in ‘real jobs’ and sees them work under the same conditions as qualified designers. Philip says every student employed by the design studio has quickly gained employment after completing their apprenticeship with GEM, adding that many employers have commented on the professionalism of GEM apprentices and their ability to meet real-world requirements as a designer. “Most design students will be given three or four months to complete a project,” says Philip. “Here, in the studio they have less than a day or a couple of days to come up with something for a client. “We start off by workshopping the brief as a group and then we go away and execute it.” Studio supervisor Philip has 30 years’ experience as a designer, and uses this knowledge to help GEM’s apprentices fully meet each brief. Students at GEM Studio study for an NVQ Level 3 in design by learning on the job and completing real projects. He says for clients with a limited budget who are keen to work with the apprentices, the studio offers the ideal opportunity to get a first-rate solution at a fraction of the price charged by high street designers. “We’re offering our services to SMEs for a fraction of the price they would pay on the high street,” says Philip. “We really want to push the commercial services we offer and really get the business community using GEM.” One such project that GEM has just completed is a 176-page book the apprentices produced on behalf of the Barnsley and District Referees’ Association, which was a commission that came through the Premier League. Apprentices at GEM were also asked to come up with a rebrand solution for the Trans Pennine Trail ahead of the Tour de France. To see examples of GEM Design Studio’s work, visit www.gemdesignstudio.com. These friendly-looking hospital waste bins are just some of Wybone’s many innovative designs. Barnsley-based manufacturer supplies new Bristol hospital A Hoyland manufacturer of hospital waste bins has recently won the tender to supply more than 5,000 bins for Bristol Southmead Hospital’s new Brunel building. Wybone Ltd, based at Platts Common industrial estate, won the tender to supply the hospital with hybrid waste bins. Wybone’s pedal operated waste bins are designed for use within healthcare environments and feature a nonmarking plastic base, with a galvanised steel lid that can be used with magnetic labels. According to the bin’s developers, combining these two materials creates the perfect mix of fire protection and corrosion resistance, ideal for hospital use. The large order of hybrid bins needed to be manufactured and sited in time for the new building’s opening on May 28. For Wybone this meant producing 400 units per day to complete the order in time, ready for the team to take over and position all the units within the hospital wards and treatment rooms. Richard Cooper, managing director at Wybone, said:“Our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and highly skilled staff enabled us to complete the manufacture of this order in just 13 days, timed perfectly to allow for our team to site the units in time for the hospital’s opening date.” Studio supervisor Philip Brown with GEM Design Studio apprentice designers. 14 – BUSINESS June 2014 COMMERCIAL PROPERTY Commercial agency surveyor with Wilbys, Charles Harrison, discusses trends and signs of recovery in South Yorkshire’s commercial property market. Confidence in property market continues to rise “There has been much confidence in the property market over the past 12 months, and even more so over recent months. National economic indicators are all showing positive signs, and it is encouraging to hear a much improved positive outlook from local businessmen. “It is clear to see from the national press and television the residential market has improved, and there is a perception that this has a positive impact and provides confidence to the business world. “A buoyant housing market is without doubt beneficial to the UK economy, and hopefully as the residential market continues to improve, there will be similar encouraging signs for the commercial market. “We must, however, not get too ahead of ourselves and lead the market into a false sense of security. The property market is certainly looking more positive, but there is still much room for improvement. The current boom in property is being experienced primarily around London, within the confines of the M25, where there is a considerable amount of foreign money fuelling the market. “The picture in South Yorkshire, whilst positive, is not at ëboomí level, but is certainly improving. “At Wilbys we have found that a lot of our older stock has more recently attracted flurries of interest. Recent deals that have been concluded include the disposal of the Methodist Chapels at both Grimethorpe and Hoylandswaine, and the letting of a 7,495 sq ft Warehouse at Beever Street, Goldthorpe. We disposed of a 3,923 sq ft double fronted retail unit on Barnsley Road, Cudworth to a convenience store user, together with a 2,627 sq ft modern industrial unit off Summer Lane, Barnsley. “We recently negotiated new lease terms with A Shade Greener for 4,222 sq ft of modern office space at Maple Court, Tankersley. 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(19.14 sq. m.) – Recently refurbished • Good range of fixtures, fittings and trade equipment included • Located within a populated residential area within walking distance of Barnsley Town Centre • EPC Rating: F 6a Eastgate Barnsley 01226 299221 firstname.lastname@example.org www.wilbys.net FOR SALE A 3 CAFE or A4 DRINKING ESTABLISHMENT THE DAVIES BUILDING, GEORGES YARD, BARNSLEY TO LET TO LET/FOR SALE TOWN CENTRE RETAIL UNIT 38 MARKET STREET, BARNSLEY B USINESS UNITS LONGSIDES, JEBB LANE, HAIGH, BARNSLEY TO LET (Artists Impression) FREEHOLD & BUSINESS: £79,500 plus stock at valuation • • • • • • • Well proportioned accommodation over three levels 2,556 sq.ft. (237.55 sq.m.) plus cellar storage Available as a whole (may consider splitting levels) Characterful stone fronted town centre building Substantially refurbished throughout Blank canvas to suit individual tenant’s requirements Positioned well within the Town’s drinking and eating run • • • • 672 sq.ft. (62.45 sq.m.) plus upper parts Busy pedestrianised street Positioned well in the heart of the town centre Nearby traders include Marks & Spencer, Coral, Greggs, Subway and Peter Jones • EPC Rating: F • Modern well appointed units having spacious open plan accommodation • From 1762 sq.ft.(164 sq.m.) to 4924 sq.ft. (458 sq.m.) • Located in a scenic rural location approximately 1 mile from the M1 at Junction 38 • Good incentives available • EPC RATING : C - D TERMS ON APPLICATION TERMS ON APPLICATION ATTRACTIVE TERMS ON APPLICATION TO LET QUALITY OFFICES PHOENIX HOUSE, MAPLE ROAD, TANKERSLEY, BARNSLEY FOR SALE/TO LET RETAIL PREMISES 54 BARNSLEY ROAD, GOLDTHORPE, ROTHERHAM • Well proportioned former butchers’ shop • 839 sq.ft. (77.97 sq.m.) • Accommodation over 2 floors together with basement store • Positioned on the fringe of the High Street on a busy arterial road • Suitable for a variety of different uses such as hair and beauty salon, sandwich shop, flower shop and a selection of others subject to planning • EPC Rating : E TO LET RETAIL PREMISES 21 DONCASTER ROAD, GOLDTHORPE, ROTHERHAM • Well proportioned mid parade retail premises • Former hair & beauty salon, suitable for other uses subject to planning • 932 sq.ft. (86.62 sq.m.) over ground and first floor • Appointed to a high standard internally • Located in a busy main road position with a high volume of both vehicular and pedestrian trade • EPC Rating: TO FOLLOW TO LET (May Sell) SECURED STORAGE LAND LAND at VALLEY ROAD, STATION ROAD INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, WOMBWELL, BARNSLEY FOR SALE/ TO LET YARD AND BUILDINGS SHAW LANE, CARLTON, BARNSLEY, S71 3HJ • Detached high specification two storey modern office facility • Suites from 835 sq.ft. (77.6 sq.m.) to 4831 sq.ft. (447.30 sq.m.) • With the benefit of full perimeter skirting and CCTV throughout the site • Generous parking facilities available • Approximately 1 mile from junction 36 of 27 PROVIDENCE COURT, BARNSLEY REDUCED PRICE £54,950 the M1 motorway Offered for sale Subject to Contract • EPC Rating : D TERMS ON with no RENTAL vendor APPLICATION chain is this two £500 PCM excluding rates RENTAL £600 PCM exclusive of business rates • Good sized parcel of storage land. • 2993 sq.ft. (278.16 sq.m.) • Flat concrete surface suitable for a variety • With consent for recycling of uses. • Fully surrounded by brick and block walls. • 18,772 sq.ft. on 2 Acres • On a 2 acres site (0.81 hectares) approx. • Positioned on an established industrial estate • Close to the Dearne Valley Link Rd and M1 Motorway at Junction 36 RENTAL £500 PER CALENDAR MONTH TERMS ON APPLICATION BUSINESS June 2014 – 15 live @ Gateway Plaza www.gatewayplaza.co.uk Renting a new home at Barnsley’s most exclusive address... 1 bed. apartments from £450 pcm 2 bed. apartments from £550 pcm ...may cost less than you think!! Rent a fully or part furnished 1 or 2 bedroom apartment and penthouse at Barnsley’s most exclusive address Gateway Plaza. On site parking is available. Available immediately*. Contact our sales team, Roberta or Kay on 01226 733029 or email email@example.com for further information. Appointments available Monday to Thursday 9.30 – 5.00, Friday 9.30 – 4.00 and Saturday 9.30 – 1.30 SALES OFFICE, GATEWAY PLAZA, SACKVILLE STREET, BARNSLEY S70 2RP. * Terms and conditions apply. 16 – BUSINESS June 2014