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Thumbs up for nursery’s new technology By Ian Thompson A BARNSLEY nursery is believed to be the first in Barnsley to fit a thumbprint recognition security system. The system, which cost Mini Me’s Nursery, on Summer Lane, £32,000 to install, turns thumbprints into a code. When parents press their

thumbs on a pad, the door opens. Robert Howes, a director of the company which owns the nursery, said parents had previously to ring a door bell to get in. Sometimes a queue formed before the door was opened and this sparked security doubts. Mr Howes said: “The

system means that parents are not waiting around. They are in within a second. Once the children are inside, there is no chance of an unauthorised person getting in.” The nursery has taken on two staff since it was taken over last autumn. This brings the workforce to 18. Mr Howes, whose company

Clean Up Time, cleaned the premises, heard it had been put up for sale. He, his wife Amanda, her parents Jeff and Norma formed a company and took it over. An application for £28,000 has been submitted to the council to refurbish a play area adjacent to a car park. If it is successful, work will include putting up a canopy

so children can play in all weathers. An inspection by the school standards watchdog Ofsted has led to the school getting a ‘good’ rating. The nursery, which is in the McLintocks’ building, caters for about 35 children a day.

Fighting ambition Stars in her eyes: Nicola Middleton of NJM Promotions.

By Ian Thompson A LOW Valley woman plans to lure martial arts stars from all over the world to seminars in this country and abroad. Nicola Middleton, 35, has set up NJM Promotions at her home in Millmoor Road and hopes to hold events in Barnsley. For starters, Vanderley Silva (nickname ‘The Axe Murderer’) flew from Las Vegas this month. The Ultimate Fighting Championships cage fighter took part in events in England, Scotland and Ireland. Also in October, she has met martial arts superstars and their managers at the UFC Expo at the O2 Arena, London. Nicola, a first Dan in Tae kwondo, said: “We are the only people attracting big stars to the UK. We hope to eventually go into other sorts.” She grew up in Goldthorpe and attended Dearneside School. She got the equivalent of a degree in business studies at the University of Huddersfield. Her partner Charlie Green runs a martial arts equipment company and a Tae kwondo school. Earlier this year, about 120 people attended an event organised by Nicola at the Barnsley College. It featured Chuck Liddell, an American cage fighting star.

Tesco deal is thirsty work for ‘Schmoo’ founder A BARNSLEY entrepreneur has won a deal with one of Britain’s leading supermarket chains. Laurence Nair-Price has persuaded Tesco to stock his drink Schmoo in more than 100 of its stores, mainly in London. Laurence, 26, and his business partner Hayley Hadfield, 25, are also in talks with the food home delivery company Ocado and the Indian yoghurt-style drink is sold in 382 Morrisons. Laurence and Hayley met at Leeds

University and began making Schmoo about three years ago. Laurence, who grew up in Huddersfield Road, Barnsley, said: “Indian yoghurt drinks are popular in curry houses because they cool the palate. “A friend owns an Indian restaurant and I tried one of the drinks and it was amazing.” Schmoo, which was originally called Yalp, is based on a recipe and is said ease digestion.

The drink is made by sub-contractor in mango, vanilla and strawberry flavours. Laurence, who was educated at Barnsley Christian School and Ackworth School, and Hayley also runs Chroma Life which supplies fittings for hotels. The company has supplied mirrors and accessories at a Marriott in Saudi Arabia and at a number of Thistle hotels in London. Away from the capital, fittings have been provided at Roomzz Hotel in Leeds.

Business booming: Donna Bailey of Dg Books.

Accountant takes stock of success A BUSINESSWOMAN has vowed not to take for granted the success of her bookkeeping, tax returns preparation and accountancy firm. Donna Bailey, who runs Dg Books at Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre, Wilthorpe, has recently added a construction company, an electrician, nail salon, garage and farm shop to her list of clients. Other clients include PBGM at Barugh Green, a groundworking company, M and J Building in Worsbrough Dale, Geovic Tiling at Wilthorpe, Image, a graphic design company in Penistone and Rob Royd Farm Shop, Worsbrough. Donna said: “Things have turned out better than I thought. But everything can change in one day so I refuse to be complacent. “Touch wood, the company is growing nicely. I would like the growth to stop for a short time so I can catch my breath and take stock.” Donna, who set up the business in November 2008, has set on three people to do accounting. They work as subcontractors. She was born in Northern Ireland and moved to Barnsley about 23 years ago. After leaving Priory School and Sports College, Lundwood, she worked in telesales. She spent more than three years as a director of a construction company and achieved a degree in accountancy through the training company Futurewize at Barnsley BIC’s branch in Cudworth.

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Demand grows for Serenity AN ACADEMY for hairdressers has extended its training facilities. Serenity Academy has converted an upstairs room at its premises at Biscay Way, Wath-upon-Dearne. The business trains about 100 people a month and children at six schools including Wombwell High. Karen Hunter, 42, who established the academy about four years ago,

said: “We needed more room to cope with demand.” She grew up and lives in Hoyland Common and went to Kirk Balk School. After ten years as a mobile hairdresser, she taught at Barnsley College for more than eight years. The academy’s hair and beauty treatment room has more than 60 customers.

Charity says ‘yes’ to the Matrix A LUNDWOOD charity could help more people get jobs. Yes2Work at Priory Campus, Pontefract Road, has achieved the Matrix standard which is given to organisations which give out information, guidance on learning and work. The quality standard has

given the charity the potential to attract more money. Manager John Brookes said: “The assessment took two days and we passed with flying colours.” Yes2Work was set up in 2001 and aims to give those not working because of illness or disability the

CCTV means company is on guard A DODWORTH security firm is to expand its high-tech surveillance service and provide more guards for big companies. Doyle Consultants at Great Cliffe Court plans to increase the number of customers it helped by using closed circuit television. CCTV means, in theory, the company could guard anywhere in the world. Staff in the firm’s CCTV control room watch monitors and use a loudspeaker to instruct intruders to leave a site. If the warning is ignored, the police are called. The firm also hopes to provide more staff to corporate customers at gatehouses and in reception areas. Managing director Andrew Nicholson said: “We will always need men but the expansion of the CCTV side of the business means we are just moving with the times.” Clients include Laing O’Rourke, Barnsley Council, Barnsley

Shop strikes right tone By Ian Thompson

Primary Care Trust, Volvo, Taylor Wimpey, Barratt Homes and UK Coal. The company employs about 250 full and part-time staff and was set up by ex-boxer Shaun Doyle. Within five years, the firm supplied 500 doormen to bars and clubs. In the early 1990s, the council asked the business to look after some of its building depots. This proved more lucrative so providing bouncers dwindled. It was once said that it was enough to deter vandals or intruders by just putting up a sign saying the premises were protected by Shaun Doyle’s employees. This was widely believed to be a myth but there could be something in it. Mr Nicholson said: “We do not sell our signs to the public but quite a lot seem to go missing and I see them on garden sheds or garages.”

Managing director: Andrew Nicholson.

Carlton haulage firm is top of the large learners, get the gist? By Ian Thompson CARLTON based haulage firm Gist has come top in the large company category of the Yorkshire and Humber Learn Direct achievement awards. Workers have taken part in NVQ

courses in driving goods vehicles and warehousing and storage and received skills for life qualifications. They have been training with Learn Direct for more than a year. The company plans to extend training to other parts of the workforce and to open a learning

chance to get work. Mr Brookes said Matrix would boost the charity’s standing and potentially increase opportunities for funding. Money for the standard was provided by VC Train, a group of organisations of which Yes2Work is a member, via a Big Lottery grant.

centre to family and friends. Operations manager Andy Rhodes said: “All the learning is bespoke to us and it is great that we can recognise the skills of our employees with Learn Direct certificates.” The company will represent

Yorkshire and the Humber in the national stage of the awards. The awards are in their fourth year and nominees include companies which have thrived after using Learn Direct and workers who have overcome personal difficulties.

A TOWN centre shop has won a £13,000 a year deal with a distribution warehouse. Cartridge World in The Arcade recycles and re-manufactures toner and ink cartridges used at the warehouse belonging to Frozen Value Ltd, the parent company of the frozen food chain Jack Fulton. Store manager Jamie Pursley said the deal came about when John Mack, the man in charge of IT at the warehouse at Bretton Point, off Barnsley Road, Darton, got in touch. “It is a great contract for us,” said Mr Pursley. The shop, which also employs two parttimers, collects toner and ink cartridges at about seven Barnsley schools. The schools are offered cash on collection. Cartridge World opened in Church Street about four years ago and moved to The Arcade last summer. The shop is part of a chain of about 300 stores.

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Barclays Corporate – The power to help you succeed How Barclays Corporate is supporting businesses in South Yorkshire As the UK economy shifts back into gear and business thinking moves from survival to growth, business leaders are increasingly exploring how to access the right financial partner to enable them to grow. Recognising the importance of supporting businesses, Barclays Corporate has invested to increase the number of specialist relationship directors across South Yorkshire as the region looks to recover from the recession. Chris Forrest, Head of Barclays Corporate, Yorkshire, says the investment in the team has strengthened the expertise and level of support Barclays can offer to corporate clients operating with a turnover of more than £5m+. With new premises secured at St Paul’s Place, Sheffield, the rapidly expanding South Yorkshire team has an in depth understanding of the opportunities and challenges of the South Yorkshire economy. Clients of Barclays Corporate have the benefit of industry focused support and the value of working with relationship directors who understand their business. This includes specialist who focus on property and construction, retail and wholesale, housing associations, healthcare, manufacturing and education to name a few. Forrest says: “Barclays Corporate never left the market during the recent challenging environment. Our clients remain at the centre of everything we strive to do. Given the critical importance of supporting UK businesses, we at Barclays Corporate feel that now is a good time to begin new relationships with businesses operating in South Yorkshire and

who would like to work with us over the long term.” Through understanding clients’ businesses and future plans, relationship directors are able to bring together capabilities from across the Barclays Group with Barclays Corporate now working more closely with Barclays Capital and Barclays Wealth providing effective solutions that add significant value to clients’ bottom line.


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Forrest continues: “During the course of the recession, many businesses including those in the banking sector have had to review the way in which they operate. Indeed, across the financial services sector the post recession landscape looks quite different. Consequently the need for a stable and secure financial partner is even more critical. We work with a large range of businesses across South Yorkshire, supporting them to achieve their ambitions.” One such client who values the support they have received from Barclays Corporate is Gripple Limited, the international brand which is widely known for its unique and patented device to join wire. Loadhog, a subsidiary

business of Gripple, is now also growing fast and designs and manufactures material handling products. The rapid growth of both businesses has been record breaking and the companies have received numerous awards for their innovation and expertise. A recent funding partnership between these iconic brands and Barclays facilitated a move into a new manufacturing complex in Don Valley, enabling both companies to operate under one roof and further grow the combined business.

in the current environment can be challenging, with Barclays Corporate the dialogue was always very open, flexible and supportive allowing us to pursue the opportunity with confidence and certainty.” Forrest concluded: “Forming partnerships with brands like Gripple will have a positive and significant impact on our business

and we are delighted to be working with them. “In South Yorkshire and the UK today there are signs of recovery but we are still operating in uncertain times, so businesses need to keep a tight focus on financial management, even when they are seeking to grow. Whatever the future brings, Barclays Corporate is ready with the resources, expertise and lending solutions to help businesses climb the growth curve.”

Hugh Facey, Gripple chairman, commented: “We were delighted to be entering into a new financial partnership with Barclays Corporate, an institution that in many ways mirrors the ethos and modern outlook of Gripple. “It was of the utmost importance to strike the right financial balance during this time of progression as the company moves into the next phase.” Facey continued: “This commitment enables us to take the business forward and fulfil our strategic growth ambitions. Whilst raising finance

Chris Forrest, Head of Yorkshire & Humber, Barclays Corporate.

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6 – THE BUSINESS Friday, October 15, 2010

Sue’s recipe to drive success People are the key to keep the wheels of the bus industry going round. Sue Hayes, operations director of Stagecoach Yorkshire, tells why.

Bus business: Sue Hayes.

Chamber Digest A Guide to Forthcoming Chamber Events Barnsley & Rotherham Business Awards Date: Friday 22 October, 6.30pm at the Magna Centre, Rotherham Tickets priced: £60 or £550 for a table of ten (Chamber members), £75 or £750 (non-members) all prices excluding VAT - book at





(sponsored by The Source) • Steel City Promotions Ltd • UK Water Features • Yorkshire Data Centres (sponsored by UK Steel Enterprise) • BG Controls Group Ltd • Speciality Paperboard Containers Ltd • Warwick Ward (Machinery) Ltd


(sponsored by Business Advantage) • Kostal UK Ltd • Morthyng Group Ltd • Optimas Training Ltd


(sponsored by Morthyng Group Ltd) • Barnsley Community Solutions • Care UK, Rotherham Diagnostics Centre • Gillian Banks Theatre School


(sponsored by South Yorkshire Manufacturing Forum) • BG Controls Group Ltd • EMSc UK Ltd • Speciality Paperboard Containers Ltd

(sponsored by Rotherham Partnership) • EMSc UK Ltd • Fripp Design and Research • Osborne Technologies Ltd (sponsored by Yorkshire Training Partnership) • Brij Chaggar (Business Community Support project) • Jeremy Cook (Cooke Fuels) • Laura Goodyear (Business & Education South Yorkshire)

FOR business to succeed it is important to have a clear vision, passionate leaders and a well-trained workforce. These are the key ingredients of a successful company. Customers are the be all and end all of our business. We seek our customers’ views on what they think about our service, whether it is good or bad. Feedback shapes our future. We listen to what people have to say and adopt an open and honest approach at all times. Over the last four years, Stagecoach has transformed an outdated and underused network by investing in new vehicles and routes to record bumper passenger figures. We do our best to meet customer expectations but occasionally things can go wrong. Operating in today’s environment, keeping our services moving on congested roads is not easy. We are working closely with Barnsley Highways Department and South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive to identify ways to reduce congestion and to enable bus services to keep moving. Success is driven by our team approach. There is a strong sense of community and our employees are great ambassadors for our organisation. Working here gets in people’s blood because it’s a company with really strong family values. There’s a real sense of comradeship and that’s something which is hard to find. We have multiple generations

working within the company. Training keeps us ahead of the game. Continuous staff development and support is one of the reasons why employees choose to stay on board for many years. People are the lifeblood of the organisation and we feel that if we treat them well they will add value to the business. It’s something of a cycle; younger people draw on the experience of older staff, then they in turn become the ones

My advice to anyone starting a career, whatever business it’s in, is to pursue your ambitions, they are achievable

who mentor and train other people. Investment has been made into the company over the last few years, and the quality theme is integral to what we do. Equally, the new modern interchange has formed an impressive gateway for visitors travelling into Barnsley. We are working with other stakeholders moving towards improving bus networks and accessibility, reducing congestion and pollution and encouraging a greater use of public transport.

We care greatly about the environment and the community we operate in and are looking at ways to reduce our carbon footprint by investing in cleaner, greener engines for our buses. We take great pride in being the first bus operator to join the Care 4 Air – Eco Stars project with the assistance from Barnsley Council’s Environmental team. The regeneration of Barnsley and the town centre will flourish with a strong transport network and we will continue to work closely with other partners to achieve Barnsley’s vision of being a great commercial centre and a 21st century market town. Working with the Chamber of Commerce since the early 90s has helped me understand the needs of Barnsley businesses and I take great pride in knowing they are all behind making Barnsley a better place to live and work. The bus industry now is a world away from the one I started work in several years ago, and it’s for the better. It is good to look back and reflect on what has happened over the years and how far the industry has come. However, my mind is firmly focussed on the future and what we can achieve. My advice to anyone starting a career is to pursue your ambitions, they are achievable. If you are lucky enough to rise to a management position, always value your workforce, be open and honest in business dealings and never give up on your dreams.


(sponsored by ASD Lighting/Rotherham United FC) • Bramall Construction Ltd • First South Yorkshire Ltd • Tata Steels UK

HEALTH IN THE WORKPLACE • Andrew’s Butchery • Care UK, Rotherham Diagnostics Centre • Westfield Health BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

(sponsored by Barnsley Community Solutions) • Speciality Paperboard Containers Ltd • The Source Academy • Warwick Ward (Machinery) Ltd

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

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Businesses battle to be in top ten ABOUT 30 firms will battle it out for ten prizes at the Barnsley and Rotherham Business Awards on October 22. BBC Look North presenter Harry Gration will be host of the event organised by Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce.

Awards categories: ■ Business of the Year, sponsored by Barnsley Community Solutions

■ New Start, sponsored by The Source ■ Business Growth, sponsored by UK Steel Enterprise ■ Invest in Skills, sponsored by Business Advantage ■ Business Partnership with the Community, sponsored by Morthyng ■ Excellence in Manufacturing, sponsored by South Yorkshire Manufacturing Forum ■ Environmental, sponsored by ASD Lighting/Rotherham

United FC ■ Innovation in Business, sponsored by Rotherham Partnership ■ Employee of the Year ■ Health in the Workplace

Tickets and sponsorship opportunities for the evening at Magna Centre, Rotherham, are still available. Details: Lee Wilkinson 08442 253213.

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KC Design House offers the latest in cutting edge design, innovative ideas and practical living space solutions for modern lifestyles. Situated in a purpose built contemporary studio in Clayton West, the company’s passion, quality and style for kitchens has spanned across three decades. Having mastered the art of creating luxury bespoke handcrafted kitchens, KC has focused on expanding its product range to offer more affordable bespoke furniture collections. KC Design House continues to fulfil the requirements of those with generous budgets in search of a luxury high end

kitchens whilst also offering high quality kitchens to those with a little less to spend. In January managing director Richard Jewkes added an extremely competitive German manufacturer to the showroom, providing sleek and contemporary kitchens boasting both affordability and cutting edge design. This range runs alongside KC’s bespoke ranges, handcrafted by its in house professional tradesmen. In addition this Autumn will see the launch of the new KC Bespoke Contract range, aimed solely at the self-build, and small developer market. This allows oneoff, made-to-measure ranges of exceptionally well made kitchen furniture in a selection of door styles at a marked reduction in price with shorter lead times, perfect for those working in property development.

Next year KC Design House will celebrate its 30th year in business but Richard is far from complacent with plans already in place for further expansion. “The recession in particular made us rethink our target market and expand our product range,” says Richard. “Developing more affordable bespoke furniture has certainly opened up doorways, bringing new custom to the showroom that we had previously overlooked. “We offer our clients a complete kitchen project design and installation service, which includes everything from the cabinets and worktops, to flooring and lighting solutions. “During this process we work very closely with clients, listening carefully, and then creating designs and solutions that will work within their budget and allow their

design to evolve through to fruition. “With smaller budgets we have to be more disciplined with the design but the product and quality of service remains high, ensuring excellent value for money. “We always aim for 100 per cent customer satisfaction whether the client has £12,000 or £35,000 to spend on a complete project.” As part of its product expansion KC Design House has also developed a KC Bespoke range of modern and classic fitted bedroom, dressing room and living room furniture, including media walls. Richard is also developing the company’s third generation website which should be finished late autumn. It will showcase all the new ranges currently available, together with a portfolio of designs from their completed projects.

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