A new digital business campus has opened in Barnsley with the aim of attracting local tech businesses looking to up-scale their enterprises and businesses from across the UK and Europe.
The DMC 02 building in the Seam, provides eight new offices covering a total of 12,094 sq ft, plus an atrium, co-working space and fully-equipped ‘Maker Lab’ for hands-on tech innovation and collaborative working.
DMC 02 is owned and managed by Barnsley Council. Its development builds on the success of DMC 01 which stands just nearby and has gained a national reputation for tech business innovation over the last ten years; and seen a significant increase in occupancy levels in the last three.
DMC 01’s growth prompted the council to acquire the former ‘Core’ office building in spring last year and transform its interior into a new landmark DMC 02 digital business hub. Its £1.7 million refurbishment has been backed by Sheffield City Region and it is set to support the creation of 100 new jobs.
DMC 02 has already attracted tenants including TÜV SÜD, which has moved its machinery testing business here from Billingham in the North East, as well as Contrac IT and Walnut Creative which are both moving their growing businesses over from smaller offices in DMC 01.
“It’s fantastic to see businesses moving into Barnsley Digital Media Centre’s new digital business hub, DMC 02, which has received more than £2 million investment from the Sheffield City Region’s Local Growth Fund,” said Dan Jarvis, Mayor of the Sheffield City Region.
“The Centre will play a hugely important part in securing Barnsley’s role at the heart of digital technology and innovation in the North.”
DMC manager Tracey Johnson added: “DMC 02 is a fantastic expansion of our work at DMC 01. Our aim right across The Seam is to enable the growth of specialist digital businesses as well as forward-thinking businesses which embrace technology.
“We look forward to see its trailblazing Maker Lab become a place for companies to collaborate; test out new ideas, products and ‘Internet of Things’ innovations which will support the advancement of Barnsley entrepreneurial spirit and economic growth.”