Between Pennine peaks to the west and redeveloped industrial areas to the east, the borough of Barnsley in South Yorkshire is home to the landmark Digital Media Centre, the Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre (BBIC), as well as leaders in core growth sectors like advanced manufacturing (Koyo, Kostal and Qualter Hall) and business services.
Barnsley has a population of almost 232,000 of which 64% are of working age. And within 30 minutes drive of the principal town (thanks to its well-connected position on the M1 corridor) there’s a workforce of 1.3 million people with strengths in retail, manufacturing and engineering skills.
Despite facing tougher economic challenges than most, Barnsley has a clear strategy to revitalise the borough and build on its proud industrial heritage, beginning with its radical three-year plan to create 39,000 new jobs and 1,600 new businesses. And their economic target is to achieve £1.1 billion of GVA, that’s equivalent to a 40% increase.
Enterprising Barnsley, a business support programme delivered by Barnsley Council (funded by the European Regional Development Fund), supported growth of over 300 small and medium businesses in the district. The programme and its 90 private sector associates helped local companies create over 600 new jobs and access significant levels of finance. Barnsley also has plans to generate a critical mass of new, high growth innovative start-ups to generate wider investment, greater competition and more employment opportunities.
Work is well underway to release its abundant resources in land and employment too. In the last three years leading international retailers ASOS and Aldi have both chosen sites in Barnsley for their distribution hubs. The borough has established itself as a national centre of logistics expertise, and since 2009 has recorded a 29.5% increase in the sector, much higher than average regional and national growth.
Infrastructure, civic and heritage sites are benefitting from regeneration too. The Remaking Barnsley programme, which began in 2003, has already created or upgraded spaces like The Civic, a new transport interchange, Queen’s Court and new council offices at Westgate.
Barnsley’s economy already shows clear signs of growth and resilience, which makes it an appealing opportunity for sustained business growth. Since 2009, its construction sector (which represents almost 15% of its total business stock) recorded employment growth nine times greater than the regional average, in defiance of a national decrease. And work is already underway to support this at Barnsley’s Construction Training Academy and Thinking Low Carbon Centre.
Barnsley Development Agency offer detailed information about their district’s economic strengths and growth opportunities.
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