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Barnsley launches scheme to help firms boost employment

Businesses in Barnsley are being encouraged to get on board with an initiative called Community Boost Central, a project designed to stimulate the growth of good employment and help local people access it.

Funded by the 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

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

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

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