Barnsley 2030

About Growing Barnsley

Our borough is a great place to invest; a place where businesses and customers support an economy that benefits everyone. Barnsley is the place for entrepreneurship, for establishing thriving start-ups and growing local businesses.

You can read our Growing Barnsley stories below, and share your own with us.

Share your own story with us

Brook Corporate Developments story

Brook Corporate Developments has moved into the new offices at The Business Village @BarnsleyBIC and expanded their team.

The family run business provides a wide range of consultancy and training services to small-to-medium enterprise businesses in South and West Yorkshire.

The Business Village is ideally located, bang in the middle of South Yorkshire, with easy links up the road to West Yorkshire. These two areas are where the majority of the businesses they deal with are based.

Brook Corporate Developments team
Michelle - owner of Knitaway

Michelle's story

Michelle runs a small business called Knitaway. She's from Barnsley and started her business in her fifties during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. While it was difficult, she's had a lot of support from Barnsley Business Village and ScaleUp 360 which made her business possible.

Knitaway puts together easy knitting kits, including a new beginners kit. Michelle's also recently designed a new pompom, tassel and bow maker, which was then made by a local company in Barnsley.

Recently, Michelle's started to go on Craft TV - The Craft Store, and she absolutely loves it. She also has a YouTube channel, a new website, and social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram that help to promote her business.

Chris's story

Barnsley Council runs markets across the borough of Barnsley, including the indoor and outdoor market in Barnsley, the local outdoor markets in Hoyland, Goldthorpe, Penistone and Wombwell, and the place to meet and eat in the town centre - Market Kitchen

Markets are ideal places to test, launch and grow a business. There are flexible and affordable options in all markets, plus they work closely with colleagues to provide business support at whatever stage the business is at. 

In 2030, all the markets will be thriving and will reflect the needs and wants of Barnsley's local communities. They'll be places for everyone to shop, socialise and spend time, and that everyone can be proud of.

Chris
Leonie Briggs Amazelab

Leonie's story

Leonie Briggs, Director of Amazelab is putting a fun and creative take on all things STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths) to inspire young people to close the skill gap.

Last month, the team won the STEM Learning Award, receiving national recognition for delivering an inspiring way to learn STEM subjects. Now, they're scaling up to work with more children in our region to foster and grow ambition.

Caroline's story

Caroline's Barnsley-based business, Purple Genie Digital, provides marketing and advertising services to businesses all over the UK.

Caroline thinks that Barnsley is an amazing place to live, work and do business. She's excited about the future of Barnsley, and for her business to grow and thrive.

Caroline Haywood
Zoe

Zoe's story

Zoe started her event management company, Fab Events, in 2016 as a hobby business alongside her regular job. It developed over the years into a viable part-time enterprise before Zoe finally took the plunge in March 2019 and left the security of full-time employment to run her business.

However, COVID-19 affected the industry and with just two clients left on the books, Zoe quickly shifted her focus and began delivering Fab Strategy services. Since then, Zoe has been going from strength to strength as she scooped up a further award for overcoming adversity during the pandemic, resulting in a 750 percent growth rate since 23 March 2020.

Formerly known as Fab Events and Marketing Strategy, her business has continued to grow, and on her sixth birthday in business she decided to rebrand to Ask Zoe, demonstrating her business’ evolvement over the past two years.

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