Enterprising Barnsley hosted visitors from Netherlands local authority

Enterprising Barnsley hosted two visitors from the local authority in Schiedam, Netherlands, this month.

Two visitors from Schiedam, near Rotterdam, spent two days shadowing the Enterprising Barnsley team. They were here to see the team’s work in action and identify best practices that could be transferred to their town. The work here in Barnsley focuses on the Digital Media Centre and the Enterprising Barnsley business support programme.

The visitors from Schiedam went on visits to employment sites at Junction 36 and 37, viewed Barnsley's portfolio of technology businesses and learned more about how the team works.

Enterprising Barnsley is leading a URBACT funded programme called TechRevolution. It's a network of seven European towns with similar economic circumstances, which learn from Barnsley’s recognised ‘good practice’ of digital economic development as well as each other.

The partners in the Tech Revolution Network are Barnsley (UK), Vilanova I la Getru (Spain), Pardubice (Czechia), Schiedam (Netherlands), Piraeus (Greece), Bacau (Romania) and Nyiregyhaza (Hungary).

Barnsley Council was also the winner of the Future Places award at the Local Government Chronicle 2019 awards. The council won the award for the TechTown project, also funded by URBACT, which aims to drive forward Barnsley’s digital infrastructure. Read more here.

Judy Sidebottom, Key Account Manager for Enterprising Barnsley, said: “The URBACT programme has helped us to identify the success factors in our business support programmes. We are proud to help the six European towns transfer our good practice. It is also a great opportunity to learn from them. We can see what's worked in European towns with very similar economic challenges and opportunities to Barnsley.”

David Shepherd, Director of Economic Regeneration, said: “Hosting local authority colleagues from other countries shows how Barnsley is really leading the way. Enterprising Barnsley has done a brilliant job with our colleagues across Europe. This project will help us to embrace technology and create jobs for the future. ”

This news is linked to Town Spirit, our new way of working better together. We believe, that if everyone in Barnsley does just one thing, we can make our borough a more welcoming place to live, work, invest and visit.

We’re committed to #DevelopIt by making sure Barnsley is always open for business. This is through practical support to existing and growing businesses, creating new areas of employment to grow our economy and making sure our residents have the skills they need for the jobs being created. #OwnIt by helping us to promote Barnsley as a place open for business, advertising with us and welcoming apprentices to work for you.

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