Businesses in the Central area of Barnsley are encouraged to explore several projects supporting local businesses through the Community Boost Central programme.

Businesses in the Central area of Barnsley are encouraged to explore several projects supporting local businesses through the Community Boost Central programme.

Community Boost Central is an innovative and creative project to help stimulate the growth of good employment and help local people access it. This project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund.

The projects are open to residents and businesses in the Central, Dodworth, Kingstone, Stairfoot and Worsbrough wards of Barnsley. Projects specifically supporting businesses include:

Launchpad business start-ups – free support for pre-start-ups and businesses with less than 10 employees. The programme is based at the Digital Media Centre in Barnsley and advisors are available from Monday to Friday for appointments and workshops on various business-related topics. They also run several Saturday events to give local people a snapshot into what they need to know to start their own business. These sessions are ideal to help aspiring entrepreneurs set up and run a successful business. For more information please contact the Launchpad team online or by email at launchpad@barnsley.gov.uk

Local business travel plans – aimed at supporting 10 businesses (with 10+ employees) to prepare and implement a travel plan and have a positive impact on reducing businesses’ carbon emissions. Support will also be provided to access funding opportunities. For more information, please contact Tracey Brewer at TraceyBrewer@barnsley.gov.uk

Business support from the Chamber of Commerce – The Skills and Employability programme is a bespoke offering aimed at supporting 15 businesses with targeted training and individual one-to-one support. The aim of the programme is to enhance the skills of current employees and encourage progression, while strengthening local business networks. For more information please contact Carrie Sudbury at carrie.sudbury@brchamber.co.uk

Visit Barnsley.gov.uk/CommunityBoost for more information about Community Boost Central.  

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