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Business News

Future bright for Barugh Green firm A BARUGH Green firm has won a £400,000 deal to supply UK Coal with miners’ cap lamps. Komplete Safety Company on Cannon Way, Claycliffe industrial park will supply 3,000 lamps over three years. It took more than two years for the firm to develop the cap lights. The lights have batteries which are a third of the weight of those used previously. Finance director Gail Busher, who runs the business with her managing director husband Philip, said: “We were at the back of the queue to win the contract when the tendering process started. We

pushed ourselves to the front through sheer determination.” The couple took over the business, which employs nine and has also developed a shinpad for miners, more than three years ago. At that point, it had been trading for about 21 years. Sales are up by eight per cent and growth is expected to double in 2009. Other clients include Weldgrip, Powerfuel, Joy Mining Machinery, C and D Industrial Services and Next. Mr Busher said: “When we took over the business, we changed the corporate identity, its software system and the way it presented

itself to the outside world. “We are fairly confident that some large contracts being negotiated will change the business. That is despite the recession. “Our products are must-have because we supply to people who need to be safe in the workplace.” Mr Busher has held senior roles in a number of companies in the motor industry and has worked in Holland, Germany, the United States and the Far East. He ran an advertising agency and an automotive parts company. Mrs Busher is an accountant.

Glowing prospects: Gail Busher.

New products create splash

Eskia gets people talking AN OXSPRING computer company has moved into fitting telephones. Eskia Computers at Oxspring Wire Mills on Sheffield Road fits phones linked to the internet. Duncan Mitchell, who runs the firm, said the move seemed a natural progression. “We are busy and are doing quite well,” he said. He established the company in April 2003 and has built up a list of clients including a maker of car parts, estate agents and other big firms. Duncan said: “Usually, customers find us. They tend to come to us with a problem and we are asked to solve it. We are often asked to do unusual things.” One of the trickiest jobs the firm has tackled involved fitting computer networks in a corn mill. Duncan said: “It was an old building with skewed walls. We ended up having to drill holes in walls four feet thick. It was difficult.” Duncan grew up in Penistone and

Duncan Mitchell. attended Penistone Grammar School and Barnsley College. He read electronics and telecommunications at the University of Plymouth. He worked for more than three years at the Penistone works of the William Cook Group, a maker of steel castings. Duncan started inputting data and rose to be head of technical projects in the information technology department. Turnover of the firm is about £100,000 and Duncan ran it from his home in Penistone during its first 18 months. The company suffered a setback when it was flooded in summer 2007. “We lost a couple of major customers because we had to shut the office for about two months,” said Duncan.

A DESIGNER and producer of kitchen taps and accessories has exceeded sales forecasts after branching out into bathroom brassware and showers. Abode Home Products at Zenoth Business Park, Claycliffe, has had to create a distribution network to cope with demand. The firm, which employs ten, moved to Barnsley from Wakefield about three years ago. Managing director Darren Holliday said: “We had been designing ranges of kitchen taps for more than five years and we

came to the point where the natural progression beyond the kitchen was the bathroom. “Sales have exceeded all expectations and targets. We know we made the right decision.” The company decided to launch its new products at ‘Kitchens, Bedrooms, Bathrooms’, a bi-annual trade exhibition in Birmingham. The firm had one of the biggest stands available to create mini-rooms. “It worked and it was one of our best shows to date,” said Mr Holliday. The company moved from

Wakefield, where they had been for three years, because it needed space for expansion and to be closer to the motorways. Abode won the ‘Innovation’ award and was highly commended in the ‘Inward Investment’ category of the Barnsley Business Awards run by Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce. The firm’s water filter, which can be fitted to any shape, size or age of tap, was also highly commended in ‘Designer’ magazine awards.

Company expands to help others deal with credit crisis A RESEARCH consultancy and training company has recruited 13 associates. The Policy Evaluation Group at Wishing Well Lodge, Manchester Road, Thurlstone, has expanded because of the credit crunch. Director Royce Turner explained: “The economic downturn presents an opportu-

nity for us to help central and local governments meet their targets at a time when staff numbers are falling and work pressures are increasing. “We also help individual people get into work, set up businesses and there is a growing demand for this at the moment.” The company has been hired

by a wide range of national and local organisations including the Learning and Skills Council Yorkshire and Humber, Barnsley Learning Partnership, the Department of Work and Pensions, Jobcentre Plus and Northern College. Dr Turner runs the company with Dr Andrea Wigfield. The firm was set up about seven years ago.


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Advertiser’s Announcement

Chamber’s Platinum Link With Local Market Traders The Chamber is delighted to welcome the Barnsley branch of the National Markets Traders Federation to the business network, as part of a Platinum partnership which will also see hundreds of market stallholders become affiliate members of the Chamber. Market traders have been part of the town’s heritage for over 750 years and the tradition is as strong as ever, with the traders offering quality local items at superb value. In excess of 300 stallholders trade at the markets, all of whom run at last one market stall. All these stallholders will become affiliate members and these traders excel in providing a diverse range of produce such as: • Fresh fruit and vegetables • Home-baked bread, pies and pastries • Clothing • Household products • Books • Children’s toys • Florists • Beauty therapies Chamber chief executive John Lewis said: “We are delighted to welcome the Barnsley branch of the National Markets Traders Federation to our ranks of Platinum Members, along with the 300 additional members who have also joined our network as part of this agreement. This enhances our already wide range of members and we look forward to working with them.” Geoff Blackburn, President of the Barnsley branch of the National Markets Traders Federation, said: “We see joining the Chamber at Platinum member level as a great opportunity to raise the profile of the service that market traders provide across the borough. The move will allow us to take advantage of the lobbying opportunities which the Chamber can open up for us, in order to increase our influence in the local area.” For more information on the National Markets Traders Federation (Barnsley Branch), call Geoff Blackburn on 0114 2882446 or e-mail Note - In the Chamber page in last month’s Barnsley Business pull-out, it was incorrectly stated that Barnsley Markets have become members of the Chamber. In actual fact, this should have stated that the National Markets Traders Federation (Barnsley Branch) had joined the Chamber as Platinum Members. The Chamber apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.

FORTHCOMING EVENTS Woodhead Tunnel Breakfast Briefing The Chamber is pleased to announce that we have confirmed the date for a breakfast briefing focusing on the reopening of the Woodhead train tunnel. The session will take place on Monday 15 June at Brooklands Hotel starting at 8 am and will feature presentations from local MP Angela Smith (who is leading on this subject in Westminster) and John Jarvis from the Government agency The Northern Way. Whilst the meeting will be hosted by the Chamber, we would welcome input and contributions from all interested parties.

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Chamber Working Together To Meet Challenges

The Chamber of Commerce has hailed the benefits of strong links and commitment to working partnerships at its prestigious Barnsley Annual Dinner. The Chamber’s Barnsley President Tracey Lally told almost 200 guests at the Ardsley House Hotel of the common purpose and powerful relationships that exist with organisations such as Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Barnsley Development Agency, Business Link, South Yorkshire Police and Barnsley Chronicle. Tracey Lally Tracey also highlighted the strength that the Chamber now has across South Yorkshire following the Barnsley and Rotherham merger in 2007 and paid tribute to the Chamber staff and their work in representing local businesses. Tracey said: “I believe that we have created a stronger, more diverse and committed team. We have continued to represent the views of members to our partners and to the media - let’s see how much more influence we can have! “We are making a difference but can’t afford to stop now. Our partners want and value a conversation with the Chamber and I honestly believe that our services to members are more relevant and better value than ever before. Our members are part of the solution to issues of public concern and the Chamber is their Chamber – here to promote all business within the town. “I believe confidence is infectious and I confidently

believe that Barnsley business can survive and create a better tomorrow for ourselves, our young people – the next generation workforce – and every resident in the town.” Tony Hickton of Hickton Consultants received the Derek Stafford Award for his contribution to the Barnsley business community and over £1000 was raised on the night which will go towards establishing the Imagination Library project in Barnsley. The guests were also addressed by Barnsley-born, award-winning businessman John Hayward John Hayward, who gave an excellent account of his business career. John is Chief Executive of Pressure Technologies plc and Managing Director of their manufacturing subsidiary Chesterfield Special Cylinders, based at Meadowhall. He received two Ernst & Young business awards in 2008 - the Business Products Entrepreneur of the Year and the Manufacturing Entrepreneur of the Year. The evening finished with laughter as legendary television comedian Mick Miller gave a superb performance, sending the guests home with a smile on Mick Miller their faces.


BarnsleyWorks Is back! The highly successful business showcase, BarnsleyWorks is back once again with over 1500 delegates, including Chamber representatives, set to descend on Barnsley Metrodome to attend the key regional business exhibition. The event takes place on Thursday April 23 and promises to be an even bigger and better event than last year - with 90 businesses representing a range of industry sectors showcasing their products and services.

The BarnsleyWorks business expo is free to attend and exhibition stands cost just £495 plus VAT. Chamber Members can take advantage of a 10 per cent discount off Exhibition Stands. Members must quote ref ch005 on the exhibitor booking form in order to validate the 10% discount offer. To pre-register as a delegate, book your exhibition space and obtain further information on attending the seminars, please log on to or call the hotline number on 0113 287 5910.

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Commercial Property

Table talk at Plaza

Leading the team: Terry Bramall, left, with the 4Urban board of directors. (S)

Terry’s on board THE former chairman of leading community regeneration specialists Keepmoat plc, Terry Bramall, has become chairman of new property developer 4Urban. Terry Bramall is a respected expert in his field, with more than 40 years’ experience in the construction, house building and commercial properties sec-

tors, as well as 30 years’ experience in commercial property from his time as a director of Mexborough-based Bramall and Ogden Ltd. He joined 4Urban after selling his share of Keepmoat, his family business, in 2007. 4Urban is led by a team of commercial and mixed-use property experts.

A NEW type of restaurant, Table Table, is coming to Gateway Plaza at Town End, Barnsley. Whitbread has already signed up with Quest Property and Landmark Development Projects for a 110-bed Premier Inn with restaurant and bar on the site at Town End. Now it has added Table Table, a new dining style based around a wide variety of tables. The restaurant at Gateway Plaza will offer different styles of dining spaces to allow customers to tailor their experience, whatever their mood or occasion. In the restaurant there will be intimate dining areas, as well as large party areas in separate rooms for groups of friends and family to get together. In keeping with this concept, Whitbread says that Table Table will allow diners to tailor the type of food they eat and the formality of service they receive, from pub meals that can be ordered directly from the bar, to sharing-platters and suppers with table service. Brown’s Construction Group

Modern living: An impression of Gateway Plaza has been appointed to fit-out the hotel and Whitbread will fitout Table Table and the bar. Brown’s has started construction of the hotel’s timber frame and the hotel and restaurant are due to open in November. Kevin Murray, regional acquisitions manager for Whitbread, said: “We believe Premier Inn and Table Table will be in high demand. Gateway Plaza is a superb location for us and

somewhere we can build a strong future.” Quest Property development Manager Matthew Stephens, said: “With work underway on the hotel, Gateway Plaza is transforming on a daily basis. Whitbread’s Table Table concept will bring an exciting dining concept to the people of Barnsley and we are looking forward to the launch of this and the hotel later in the year.”

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Commercial Property

Barnsley proves ‘a fantastic place to do business’

New premises: Talurit UK, Shortwood Business Park.

MECHANICAL splicing equipment supplier Talurit UK has moved from Carlton Industrial Estate to Shortwood Business Park between Birdwell and Hoyland. The company, which employs five, is occupying a 10,000 sq ft factory. The move cost about one million euros or £800,000. The firm, which has expanded by 40 per cent over the last couple of years, has won an order to provide fittings for suspension cables as part of a refurbishment of the Humber Bridge. Managing director Neil Cooke said the deal and the move had come at a time when the company was expanding. It is hoped it will

tastic property options, competitive business costs, established supply chains and excellent transport links.” Lee Buchanan, development manager of Priority Sites, said: “We all know times are tough but there are still many businesses out there looking for new accommodation. “The difference is that now, more than ever, these companies need both high quality and cost effective space with flexible finance options.” Chris Rowlands, of Chris Rowlands and Co., said: “Despite the difficulties affecting the economy, Shortwood is proving to be attractive to businesses.”

take on three people over the next couple of years. Mr Cooke said: “We have been looking to expand the engineering side of the business for some time. But until now we have been unable to find suitable premises. “As an international distributor, Barnsley has proved to be a fantastic base for our business and we were keen to remain in the area. “The accommodation at Shortwood Business Park is value for money and will allow us to expand significantly and bring key testing, maintenance and training inhouse.” Shortwood Business Park is made up of 123,000 sq ft of offices and factories ranging

from 4,000 sq ft to 10,000 sq ft. The first phase was completed in December 2005 and is occupied. It is home to companies such as Monarch Indexing, Majestic Showers, Millbrook Healthcare and Crampton and Moore. The second phase consists of ten units ranging from 4,000 sq ft to 10,000 sq ft. Shaun Higginbottom, of Barnsley Development Agency, said: Shortwood Business Park continues to be a very attractive location for business and we are delighted that Talurit have decided to continue their success story in Barnsley. “Barnsley remains a great place to do business with fan-

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