Advertising company doubles workforce following move to Barnsley

Advertising company doubles workforce following move to Barnsley

A company that works with ITV and the Metropolitan Police has seen sales soar and its workforce double since moving to Barnsley.

Media Displays, which specialises in digital advertising vans, has taken on 14 new members of staff since relocating to Barnsley from Wakefield.

The workforce now stands at 26 and there are plans to take on more drivers, and fill posts in design and account management during the first part of 2017.

Sales have also increased by 37 per cent since the move four months ago.

Media Displays supply mobile LED advertising and display screens attached to vans, known as ‘digi-vans’. They also supply bicycle versions, powered by pedals, and clients include major supermarkets, racecourses, police forces and premiership football clubs.

The company supplied screens to organisers of the 2012 Olympic Games and this year they will work with Tour De Yorkshire for the second time.

Media Displays relocated to a 5,000 sq ft unit on Pontefract Road in Barnsley following 12 years of renting property in Wakefield.

The company’s relocation was supported by Enterprising Barnsley, who helped them to secure a £37,500 grant to back the move from the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

Ian Taylor, managing director of Media Displays, said: “We needed a space that fitted our current requirements but that still allowed room for further growth, and the unit we found was ideal. We were also attracted to Barnsley because of the excellent links to the M1 and A1, which is vital for us as our vans are up and down motorways every day.

“The move has allowed us to increase our workforce to meet the rise in demand for our products and services. Being able to tap into the local employment pool in Barnsley was also one of the reasons we were drawn to the area.”

In 2010, Ian appeared on BBC’s Dragons Den and was offered £80,000 investment into Media Displays from multi-millionaire businessman James Caan. The deal didn’t go ahead, but the company benefitted from the exposure and after steady growth, turnover in the last 12 months has increased by 63 per cent.

Media Display’s plans for 2017 include growing its fleet of digi-vans and digi-bikes and moving further into the outdoor events market, which currently accounts for 25 per cent of the business.

At least 20 additional jobs will be created over the next 12 months, and the company will receive further support from Enterprising Barnsley for their recruitment and HR activity.

Enterprising Barnsley is the economic development arm of Barnsley Council and aims to help businesses across the borough develop and expand; generating economic growth and creating jobs.

Ian said: “The support we received from Enterprising Barnsley and the LEP gave us the confidence to purchase our own premises after 12 years of renting. And with our workforce expanding so quickly, the HR guidance we have received has been vital.”

Steve Hawkins, business development manager at Enterprising Barnsley, said: “It’s been a pleasure to help Media Displays with their relocation to Barnsley and it’s great to see them creating so many jobs for local people. We look forward to continuing to support their growth plans throughout 2017.”

Chair of the LEP, Roger Marsh, OBE said: “It’s fantastic to see Leeds City Region business, Media Displays, doing so well. We are delighted to have helped them in their expansion.”


Notes to editor

Photograph, supplied by Media Displays, shows Ian Taylor with one of the company’s digi-vans. The vans are often used by police forces to trace wanted criminals or missing people.

For further information about Media Displays contact Ian Taylor on 01924 266311  or at

For further information about Enterprising Barnsley, contact Martin Beasley on   or visit

Enterprising Barnsley, part of Barnsley Council, assists companies with relocation; business development; access to finance; business start-up and much more. Its award-winning team provides a practical link between business owners and a wide range of resources and support available to them in Barnsley. It can help businesses access specialist coaching. It also funds and delivers a range of business events and workshops. EB’s aim is to help Barnsley businesses develop and expand; generating economic growth and creating jobs.

The Leeds City Region LEP works with public and private sector partners to provide support and funding to help businesses grow, attract new investment to the region and develop the skills, energy and digital infrastructure to create jobs and prosperity.

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