Phase two of TechRevolution to begin

Today, cabinet members discussed proposals to authorise a funding agreement for the second phase of the URBACT TechRevolution programme.

URBACT creates learning networks that usually run for 30 months and involve six to twelve cities. Each network focuses on a specific challenge or theme.

In 2018, Barnsley Council made a successful application to URBACT’s TechRevolution Network. The challenge for this network was to learn how best to develop digital skills and support businesses in accessing digital tech and innovations. The scheme allows Barnsley and six cities across Europe to work together and transfer skills and good practice. This, in turn, will develop digital skills locally and drive forward Barnsley’s digital infrastructure.

Enterprising Barnsley is leading the project. The network of seven European towns with similar economic circumstances learns from Barnsley’s recognised ‘good practice’ of digital economic development as well as each other.

Phase two of the TechRevolution programme allows Barnsley to showcase its achievements on a European scale. It will encourage learning from other partners in the project and help Barnsley find new ways of growing a digital economy. The programme encourages and supports investment, business growth and skills development.

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). These are all small to medium-sized towns and cities, and they can provide interesting perspectives and new ways of working. 

Enterprising Barnsley has already hosted colleagues from Schiedam in the Netherlands. Phase two of the project will see more visits to encourage networking and learning.

David Shepherd, Director of Economic Regeneration, said: “Working with other European cities helps us to develop new and better solutions, learn from one another’s experiences and understand good practice. It also lets us highlight the fantastic success that Enterprising Barnsley and the Digital Media Centre have had.

“We will continue learning and growing from other cities. This is essential to help us embrace technology and create jobs for a digital 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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