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Enterprising Barnsley – Hitting the right notes with aspiring students STUDENTS are often described as being too laid-back, but aspiring business men and women at The University of Huddersfield Campus Barnsley are proving they are quite the opposite. Through a partnership with Enterprising Barnsley, the university is encouraging students with


business ideas to make their dreams become reality, by offering them vital support and facilities needed to get their own businesses off the ground. The Business Mine within The University Campus Barnsley is a free facility that offers eligible University of Huddersfield students and graduates a safe environment to test business ideas whilst benefiting from support, services, workshops, events and professional mentoring, over a 12 month period. Through the Enterprising Barnsley Project, the Business Mine is also able to offer its members the opportunity to apply for a Start-up Grant of £2,400 over six months, or a Proof of Concept Award of up to £1,000 to help prove whether their business idea is viable. In addition the campus provides free entry level advice and support to members through the a Services to Business initiative, offering help with everything from web design to accountancy and marketing.

It is a difficult period when you first set up a new business and those that don’t get support often fail in their attempts.


Recording Limited/Urban Education, set up by students Carl and Donna Lamb, and Make Music Yours, run by graduates Scott Swallow and Will Horton.

Jacquie Asquith, graduate start-up coordinator at The University of Huddersfield, says support offered at The Business Mine can be the difference between a business failing or succeeding.

Carl and Donna Lamb from Urban Recording Limited try out the equipment at The University of Huddersfield Campus Barnsley.

Both businesses say The Business Mine’s support has been essential when developing their ideas.

right direction offering them as much or as little help as they require,” says Jacquie “Once the 12 month period is up the members can get continued support through Enterprising Barnsley coaches and Enterprise Hubs.” Businesses that are currently benefiting from The Business Mine include Urban

of school music workshops including bass guitar, junk percussion, vocals and performance techniques. “Without the grant we would be going into schools empty handed as it paid for the equipment we needed,” says Scott. “In addition to financial support, we have also had mentoring which has taught us to present ourselves in a much more professional manner.” Help through the Services to Business initiative is also making technical and financial matters easier for the musicians.

“It is a difficult period when you first set up a new business and The Business Mine basically provide a helping hand to steer students in the

Scott Swallow from Make Music Yours.

Scott Swallow, left, and Will Horton from Make Music Yours, rehearse at The University of Huddersfield Campus Barnsley.

“I knew I wanted to set up a business in music but I was a bit scatty with my ideas,” says Carl. “The Business Mine stopped me rushing things and helped me refine my ideas so I had a clear view of what I wanted to do and how to go about it.”

“We knew how to put a workshop together but had no idea about web design or accountancy which is where Services to Business has been a great help,” says Will. “It’s been amazing to set up a business in industry that we love just after graduating.”

The £4.7m Enterprising Barnsley programme is funded by £2.89m from the European Regional Development Fund, £739,000 from Yorkshire Forward, and other funding sources.

Urban Recording Limited’s studios record a variety of musicians from bands and orchestras to solo artists. Carl and Donna are also working on taking music recording into schools through Urban Education. “We have had financial help from The Business Mine to help us with sides of the business,” says Donna. “We had a Proof of Concept Grant for Urban Recording and have also secured a Startup Grant for Urban Education which we are currently using to set up a website.” Scott and Will have also benefited from a Startup Grant for their business which hosts a range

For the full range of Enterprise Hubs now available throughout Barnsley visit or contact James Herbert on 01226 249590 for more details



Back (l-r):Scott Swallow, Will Horton from Make Music Yours. Front (l-r) Carl and Donna Lamb from Urban Recording Limited.

Friday, March 12, 2010 THE BUSINESS – 3

Barnsley firm helps a London council win award

A touch of success for venture TURNOVER and employees of a supplier of touchscreen machines have gone up over the last two years. Nationwide Retail Systems Ltd on Whaley Road, Barugh Green, saw its turnover rise by more than ten per cent to about £3m. The number of staff has gone up by four to about 46 in the last 12 months, The company has become the UK’s leading supplier of touch-screen computers to schools. Over the last two years, the company’s machines have been fitted in more than 600 schools. The machines are used by pupils mainly to order meals but can also be used to pay for things like school trips and uniforms. Managing director Alan Fletcher said a big contract had been won in Croydon where about 100 schools had had the machines

fitted. He said teachers and education officials could control things such as menus, find out what meals children enjoyed and monitor ingredients of meals. “The machines have taken the stigma away from children on free school meals, cut queues and decreased the chance of a child being bullied on the way to school and having his or her dinner money stolen. “The machinery has also led to children eating healthily. In some deprived areas, a school dinner can be the only square meal a child will get all day,” said Mr Fletcher. He added the machines had also cut out the need for staff to go to banks to deposit money. The firm was established in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, in 1980 and moved to Barnsley about nine years ago.

A WILTHORPE firm has helped Harrow Council win a top award. Bartec Systems at Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre, off Huddersfield Road improved its services and helped to cut costs. This led to the council being presented with an award for innovation. Director Tim Hobbs said: “As a fast-growing Yorkshire-based company, we are delighted our expertise in providing innovative website management systems was recognised nationally and that we have been able to make such a contribution to improving the efficiencies of one of London’s boroughs. “It shows local companies can lead the way in innovation at national level.”

Chris shows off his range of tiles CHRIS Andrews has turned part of the upper floor of his warehouse into a showroom. He uses it to demonstrate his range of tiles which are sold to major house builders. His business, Chris Andrews Ceramics, on Claycliffe Industrial Estate, Barugh Green, was set up about ten years ago. Turnover was about £800,000 but has dipped since the start of the credit crunch. Chris, from Birdwell, worked in the building trade as a tiler after leaving school. His firm employs three and a number of subcontractors.

First-class device: Alan Fletcher with one of his firm’s machines.

Travel agency soars with £4m turnover A TRAVEL agency has achieved a turnover of more than £4m in its first year of trading. Holidays First at Great Cliffe Court, Dodworth Business Park, was launched last April with a team of 25 advisers and customer services staff. The workforce has risen to more than 30. Founder Claire Willoughby said: “The start we have made is very encouraging. I

feel the main reason for this is our commitment to innovation.” Earlier this year, the agency was named in the top six most innovative UK companies in the Travel Weekly Globe Travel awards. The company won the accolade after spending about £10,000 on computers, software and other equipment to boost

sales. It has also been nominated for the Yorkshire and North East Travel Agency of the Year title in the Travel Agent Achievement awards next month. Claire is a former director of Apollo Travel and has held a senior position at Co-operative Travel. Holidays First is a member of the Freedom Travel Group, a trading division of Co-operative Travel.

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boutique, Catwalk, on Market Street, Hoyland. Previously, he founded and ran the Barnsley Industrial Training Centre on Pond Street, Barnsley. He left in April 2008 after almost 12 years. ECS normally trains about four gas engineers at a time. They come from all over the country and have included a Dutchman living in

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6 – THE BUSINESS Friday, March 12, 2010

Working to tackle local issues What can be achieved at the Chamber of Commerce? Transport working group chairman Clive Watkinson, right, explains

Chamber Digest A Guide to Forthcoming Chamber Events

Women In Business Event Wednesday 17 March at the Magna Centre, Rotherham (9am start) Blue Peter presenter, Diane Louise Jordan, will be the guest presenter at this event. She may be best known as a television presenter on Blue Peter, Songs of Praise and Grandstand, but Diane also has a wealth of business acumen to impart which will be extremely interesting to delegates. For the past ten years, Diane has been running her own property company and, as an accomplished speaker, launched Chronicle21, offering bespoke talks and training. Price: £30 + VAT to Chamber members, £40 + VAT to non-members

South Yorkshire Chambers Evening Networking Wednesday 14 April at the Rutland Hotel, Sheffield (5.30pm registration) The South Yorkshire Chambers draw together members from Barnsley & Rotherham, Doncaster and Sheffield Chambers of Commerce to meet in a relaxed atmosphere and network. Price: £19.99 + VAT members, £40 + VAT non-members

Inaugural Chamber Snooker Challenge Thursday 6 May at World Snooker Academy, English Institute of Sport, Sheffield (5.30pm start) 16 players from Barnsley and Rotherham will compete for the inaugural interChamber championship. Businesses from the two towns will meet head-to-head over the green baize with refreshments and networking throughout the evening.

Price: £30 + VAT to Chamber members, £50 + VAT to non-members

For further details, contact your local Chamber office at the address below Business Innovation Centre Wilthorpe Barnsley S75 1JL e-mail:

Chamber phone number:

0844 414 5100


he question I am asked most about my various roles at the Chamber of Commerce is ’what does the Chamber do?’. The follow-up question is always ‘why should I be a member?’ The transport working group answers both of these questions. The chamber provides many services such as human resources, legal advice and export help, but it is the working groups which really get their teeth into local issues that affect not only businesses but the community. A good example of this is the Barnsley Northern Relief Road, a bypass that will link the Dodworth junction of the M1 to Claycliffe roundabout. It will make a huge difference to congestion in the town centre and around the hospital by providing an easy link from the M1 to the north of the borough. A welcome side-effect is that residents of our northern communities will have journey

times to the M1 cut drastically and the quality of life will be improved for those living in Higham, the hospital area and Dodworth Road. The Northern Orbital, as it is known at the council, has been on the drawing board for many years, but the Chamber noticed that it seemed to be missing from the new Local Development Framework (the council’s planning master plan for the next ten years). Initially, we were told it had been dropped but, through vigorous lobbying, the working group has been given the reassurance that it is back on the agenda and a detailed study is now being carried out – a real difference that the Chamber has made to businesses and residents in Barnsley. So, what other things are we up to on our transport working group? We continue to lobby for better links to Robin Hood (Finningley) Airport at Doncaster. We believe this is a real

alternative to Leeds Bradford and Manchester for Barnsley residents if only we could only get a better range of flights from the airport. There has recently been good news from Easyjet on this score, particularly the new Amsterdam route which gives onward connections to most worldwide airports. A sticking point to the expansion of Robin Hood is, however, the poor access and the Chamber is working to force direct access from the M18. We have also had much success lobbying for the reopening of the Woodhead Tunnel. There are three tunnels under Woodhead, one of which is used for electricity lines. The Chamber wants to see the others upgraded to give us new and important links to Manchester and the Northwest. So there we are – your Chamber of Commerce at work and making a real difference to the businesses and people of Barnsley.

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8 – THE BUSINESS Friday, March 12, 2010

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Town’s Premier Business to Business Expo is Free to Attend

BarnsleyWorks is Back with a Badger! Barnsley companies should get ready to be inspired, motivated and educated at the town’s premier business to business expo, BarnsleyWorks. Now in its third year, the 2010 event is bigger and better than ever. It takes place on 13th May at Barnsley Metrodome, and promises the Barnsley business community a great opportunity to showcase its products and services, network extensively, and receive guidance and advice on a variety of relevant topical issues.

Free Seminar Programme Central to the event is an impressive free seminar programme geared up to tackle some of today’s most pertinent business issues. Delegates will learn from public sector procurement specialists how they can secure contracts; from digital specialists how to effectively use the internet to market their business, and from guest speaker, former BBC Apprentice star, Ruth Badger about creating successful business with little financial outlay. Ruth will also be offering Barnsley companies heavily discounted rates for her “Miracle

Guest Speaker Ruth Badger


If anyone wants to do business in Barnsley, they need to attend this exhibition.


Business Masterclass” which will take place later in the year.

There is also a business speed dating session where companies can effectively network with up to 39 other businesses

in an atmosphere conducive to doing good business. As in previous years, the event is relevant to all companies in Barnsley, no matter what their trading status, market sector or age.

Quality Leads Companies who exhibited last year were very impressed with the quality of the delegates who attended, and the valuable leads generated. Local businessman Andy Chesterton of IT firm, Praxsoft comments: “We had a number of positive leads on the day. If anyone wants to do business in Barnsley, they need to attend this exhibition.” Tracey Lally of Talent Recruitment adds: “The quality (of delegates) was good, with everyone being potentially a good prospect. The ability to speak to a wide range of businesses in one place and link different organisations together was invaluable.” The event this year is being sponsored by Barnsley Development Agency, The Work and Skills Board and Business Link, with support from a wealth of other

Exhibition space is available. To reserve a stand, please visit the website: or call Lisa Drury on 0113 287 5910. The event is free to attend as a delegate. Please register your attendance on the website.

business organisations who will be on hand to offer valuable free guidance and support, including Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce, The Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Federation of Small Businesses amongst others.

Network with Like-Minded People Carol Cooper Smith of Barnsley Development Agency (BDA) comments: “Every one who is in business in Barnsley should attend this event. Not only does it present a crucial opportunity to network with like-minded people, the kind of advice on offer here usually comes with a price tag, but this is all free.” John Foster of The Work and Skills Board adds: “The aim of BarnsleyWorks is to give Yorkshire companies a day in the year when they can really boast about their products and services, and reap the benefits of giving business to one another. We are very pleased to be associated with such a positive inspirational event that puts Barnsley on the map as a great place to do business.”

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