Switch to Smarter Driving

Green scheme helps South Yorkshire businesses save money, improve safety and the environment

WE can help businesses lower fuel and maintenance costs, improve driver safety and reduce your impact on the environment, all completely FREE.

Businesses are assigned a specialist advisor who will develop a tailored Eco-Safe plan. This plan helps businesses to develop policies and practices to minimise costs and maximise safety whilst driving for work.

By driving smarter the average UK driver could save between £300 and £350 each year*.

Find out how your business can benefit, contact the Inmotion! team today. http://www.inmotion.co.uk/Eco-Business-Driving

* http://www.roadsafe.com


Jennylea Jones believes in planning for the future

ALTHOUGH her daughters are only four and two years old, Jennylea Jones is already thinking of their employment prospects and has set up her own business which she hopes they can take over one day.

Jennylea, 28, saved and borrowed money to launch Cocostars, a beauty business which provides semi-permanent make-up. Clients can have semi-permanent eyebrows, eyeliners, lip liners and even full lip colours.

Jennylea, of Oakdale, Worsbrough Dale, spent £5,000 on specialist training and more on equipment.

She has named the business after her daughters Elody Star and Romy Coco and can be contacted via Facebook or on 07443 648634.


Groundbreaking laser for Cutting Technologies

A LASER cutting and engraving firm which has successfully ventured into new markets in recent years is set for further success after investing £500,000 in groundbreaking technology.

Barnsley-based Cutting Technologies recently took delivery of a next generation fiber laser, one of the first of its kind in the UK.

The capabilities of the new machine will allow the company to compete for customers in new target markets including healthcare, manufacturing and electrical components.

The state of the art machine can cut non-ferrous materials such as copper and brass more easily and at much greater thickness than previous lasers.

It works at quicker speeds and greater efficiency, making laser cutting a viable alternative to other manufacturing techniques like water jet cutting and punching.

Jane Robinson, director of Cutting Technologies, said: "We've been keeping an eye on the fiber laser market for a while but feel that the time is right to invest.

"The latest machines are head and shoulders above the first fiber lasers and are not only much quicker and more efficient but also allow us to do much more with metals like brass and copper.

"This is our first fiber laser but we're planning to buy another before the end of the year.

"The last few years have been challenging for those of us working in manufacturing but we're definitely seeing an upturn in the market and we want to be in the perfect position to capitalise on the increasing confidence.

"We're investing heavily in staffing, marketing and new equipment and have a clear strategy for growth.

"It's exciting times for Cutting Technologies."


Gala Tent is joined by Print Day to offer additional services

GRAPHIC design and print business, Print Day, has relocated to Manvers following a £50,000 investment from manufacturer, Gala Tent.
The agreement will see Gala Tent investing in new printing equipment, as part of expanding its custom branded and printing services to customers.

Print Day specialises in the design and print for quality brochures, cards, banners, feather flags and exhibition displays.
Jason Mace, managing director of Gala Tent, said: "By bringing Print Day into our business, we will be able to offer our customers a wider range of high quality printed products.

"Print Day has a wealth of experience in the industry and we are confident that together we will be able to offer customers an even greater choice of branded and printed solutions, in addition to our core business of marquees and gazebos.

"We are looking forward to seeing the print side of our business grow and develop in the future, which should lead to a number of new jobs being created within the area."

This latest acquisition comes just six months since Gala Tent acquired 50 per cent of the business, Sign Man, a wide format digital printing business which has enabled Gala Tent to enhance its custom printed service and increase orders by over 100 per cent.
By merging with Print Day, Gala Tent and Sign Man plan to cover more areas of printing and design, producing products such as brochures, banners and exhibition displays.

Martin Popplestone, managing director of Print Day, said: "Print Day is the perfect fit with Gala Tent and Sign Man, and our expertise in graphic design and print will enable us to produce high quality branded goods as an added service to Gala Tent's customers.
"I am looking forward to helping the Gala Tent team to grow our business significantly over the coming months."


PBS Packaging plans to bag Europe

A BARNSLEY company which manufactures food packaging used in major supermarkets is looking to increase its European exports.

PBS Packaging, which makes seven million plastic bags a week, has just translated its website into Polish and Russian, and is working with business support programme Enterprising Barnsley to move into other countries, such as Germany and Sweden.

The plastic bags it produces - called wicketted bags - are specially designed for the automatic packing of food, including sliced bread and fresh produce.

PBS Packaging already has markets in several European countries, including France, Italy, Holland, Malta and Poland - where it has a factory.

The Wombwell-based company is hoping this will help it to up overseas sales from ten per cent of its turnover to 40 per cent.

PBS Packaging director, Howard Fearnley, said: "These really are exciting times for the company.

"We have built a solid market here in the UK with the food bags and now we can move into new markets and new products.

"There is so much potential in Europe. I have just come back from visiting Sweden and Germany, and Russia could also be a massive market for us too. So we are really looking at a very bright future."

The company's turnover is also up from £3m last year to £4m this year, with a projected target of £5m.


Direct Global Trading launches click and collect service

DIRECT Global Trading LTD has launched an online click and collect service across all of its online businesses.

Based in Barugh Green, Direct Global Trading LTD is the parent company of UK Christmas World and UK Water Features, which sell decorative garden and Christmas products worldwide.

The introduction of a click and collect service was a natural step for the business, according to director Eddie Riby, who has also launched a loyalty points scheme with customers collecting five points for every £1 they spend.

Eddie said: "People are using it (click and collect) already. We have had people from all over Yorkshire.

"For high value items it makes sense, you can collect what you want the same day (of ordering) and at the same time collect loyalty points, which can be redeemed on your next visit.

"In today's fast paced world people enjoy the convenience of having the option to collect goods just one hour after purchasing.

"We are first to market in our field - none of our competitors online offer this service - so as a business we really do have something unique."

Last year also saw the launch of Direct Global Trading LTD's UK Christmas World outlet, to allow members of the public the chance to browse merchandise usually only sold online.


Naylor Industries awarded silver Investors in People status

NAYLOR Industries has been awarded silver Investors in People status after investing in the development of its employees and apprenticeship programme.

The Cawthorne and UK manufacturer of specialist construction products, including clay and plastic drainage pipes, concrete products and ducting, was upgraded to silver status after involving its employees through initiatives such as the Naylor Employee Forum.

The company has also made a commitment to employ 2.5 per cent of its Barnsley workforce in apprenticeship positions by April 2014 - a figure which has already been exceeded.

The business has now committed to employ at least one additional apprentice each year across the Naylor Industries group.

Bridie Warner-Adsetts, chief operating officer at Naylor Industries, said: "We are delighted to have been awarded Silver status in our recent Investors in People certification and that our ongoing investment in our people has been recognised."

Naylor Industries employs six apprentices across its South Yorkshire businesses, with eight employed in total across the group.


Horizon students get enterprising lessons

STUDENTS at Horizon College were given lessons in marketing by Script Media's marketing solutions strategist, Derek Carpenter.

The experienced marketing expert was invited to attend an Enterprising Day by students at the college, some of whom already own their own businesses.

Derek gave year 10 students advice about how to best promote their start-ups as well as the day-to-day running of a business.

"The students were incredible," says Derek. "I was surprised that some of them were already running a business at 15.

"I planned a starter to engage them and asked 'who would you be if you weren't you?' I expected they might say someone like Wayne Rooney or Cheryl Cole but most of them named businessmen.

"The idea of the workshop was to talk to them about the nuts and bolts of running a business - basically the things they need to succeed.

"They all gave up their time voluntarily to be there and it was great to see so many of them really engaging with it."


Homebuilder offers jobs to ex-service personnel

SUCCESSFUL homebuilder Persimmon Homes is looking to recruit ex-service personnel to fill positions in South Yorkshire.

A dedicated armed forces recruitment professional is set to support the region's leading housebuilder in a push to bring service leavers into the housing industry.

Tommy Watson has joined Persimmon Homes after spending 26 years in the Army, with the sole purpose of recruiting service leavers into positions across South and West Yorkshire.

He said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for both me and the thousands of people who leave the armed forces every year.

"In my new role I will work with Persimmon West Yorkshire to seek out people who are about to leave the services and who have immediate transferable skills."

After 22 years in Infantry roles, Tommy worked for a further five years helping service leavers settle back into civilian life. As part of this he helped find jobs for early leavers who had spent up to four years in the services.

Prior to joining Persimmon, he worked with wounded, injured and sick personnel as a specialist employment consultant with the Recovery Career Services.

Wayne Gradwell, managing director at Persimmon West Yorkshire says the new role is part of the company's growth strategy.

"2014 has so far been an excellent year for the business with visitor levels to our sites up 10 per cent and our weekly private sales rate per site for the first 15 weeks of 2014 - 25 per cent ahead of 2013," said Wayne.

"To meet customer demand we need a robust recruitment programme to bring qualified people into the business. There is a diverse range of opportunities currently available including bricklayers, carpenters and ground workers as well as site management roles and sales positions. "We recognise that a lot of people leaving the armed forces have transferable skills and Tommy's job will be to introduce Persimmon to them and fill some of the vacancies we have each year."


Lucrative contracts lead to apprenticeship opportunities

CONSTRUCTION firm Southdale is set to create opportunities for apprentices after landing work valued at more than £20 million.

Southdale has secured work in Barnsley, Doncaster, Ilkley, Sheffield and York, and want to create one apprenticeship for every million pounds-worth of work they have won.

These six lucrative contracts will also benefit subcontractors and supply chain companies by putting almost £22 million into the Yorkshire economy.

New contracts include a £2.2m development for Leeds and Yorkshire Housing Association in Athersley and the creation of 37 houses for Barnsley Council at Roy Kilner Road, valued at £3.9m.

Trudie McCormick, Yorkshire region managing director at Southdale, said: "Southdale’s robust and continued growth in Yorkshire is clearly demonstrated by these new contract wins. We’re committed to helping the economy in communities in which we are based so the overwhelming majority of this work will go directly into the Yorkshire supply chain.

"We are also aiming to recruit one apprentice for every million pounds-worth of work that we’ve won, to invest in the next generation of construction professionals. These contract wins represent a continued strong growth throughout 2014 and we are looking forward to an excellent year as we continue to develop our presence in Yorkshire and Humberside."




BBIC offers a helping hand to Barnsley start-ups

ASPIRING entrepreneurs in the borough are being given a helping hand thanks to the GENESIS and SmartStart support programmes delivered by Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre (BBIC).

Businesses in the borough are beginning to reap the benefits of self-employment thanks to these programmes, which offer free business mentoring and support to both pre-start up and early stage businesses based in Barnsley.

Those joining the SmartStart programme benefit from an initial session with a specialist start up coach, access to free workshops covering business skills such as marketing and finance and a one to one session to draw up a next step action plan.

The GENESIS programme is the next stage for would-be entrepreneurs, providing intensive support to new businesses identified as having high growth potential.

Since launching 18 months ago Smartstart has assisted 600 business enquiries and BBIC has seen over 350 start-up businesses at the open days - 130 of which have commenced trading in Barnsley.

James Herbert, special project manager at BBIC, said: "As the UK emerges from the economic uncertainty of the past few years, more people than ever are considering setting up their own business. At BBIC, we want to make sure those people receive the pragmatic business support they need to be successful and the results speak for themselves.

"Our programmes are designed to complement the existing support on offer through Enterprising Barnsley and help bring additional prosperity and jobs to the borough. We're looking forward to meeting lots more budding businesses at our open day in June and helping them to realise their ambitions."

Anyone thinking of setting up their own business, or who has recently started one, is invited to the open day at the BBIC centre on June 10 at Wilthorpe Road, Barnsley.

Business advisors will be available to listen to ideas, carry out a business diagnostic and explain more about the free Barnsley start-up programmes on offer.

For more information, visit www.barnsleystartup.co.uk.


Calypso Cove Waterpark is honoured by TripAdvisor

BARNSLEY'S Calypso Cove Waterpark is a top destination according to reviewers on the world's largest travel website, TripAdvisor.

Calypso Cove, which is located within Barnsley's Metrodome, was awarded a certificate of excellence by the site after being named as one of its top performing visitor destinations after consistently receiving outstanding reviews.

The waterpark is currently has a TripAdvisor rating of between 4.5 and five, with over 100 visitor reviews ranking it as either 'very good' or 'excellent.'

The website uses an algorithm to decide who should be awarded with a certificate of excellence.

The calculation takes into account reviews ratings and businesses must maintain an overall TripAdvisor rating of at least four out of five in the majority of recent reviews.

Additional criteria include how long a business has been operating for and its popularity ranking on the site.

Calypso Cove facility manager, Joni Millthorpe, said: "Being awarded the TripAdvisor certificate of excellence is a true source of pride for the entire team at Calypso Cove and we'd like to thank all of our guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor. There is no greater seal of approval than being recognised by our customers.

"With the TripAdvisor certificate of excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to offering an excellent guest experience."



Young entrepreneurs are given a chance thanks to iTrust

YOUNG entrepreneurs aged 16 and over are already making money and working for themselves thanks to iTrust. iTrust is a joint venture between Barnsley College and the Barnsley Chronicle, which nurtures young entrepreneurs from across the borough with a view to creating the next generation of business leaders in Barnsley.

The project held an open day at Barnsley College to showcase its first group of grant recipients and to encourage other youngsters with a business idea to come forward and seek advice.

Businesses at the open day had all approached iTrust with a viable idea that demonstrated long-term earning potential, and were given a mentor and a £250 grant to start their enterprise.

Seventeen year-old Barnsley College student Muna Suleiman set-up henna art business Henna4all, with support from the project.

After receiving advice and investment business is booming for Muna: she is the only henna artist in Barnsley and unusually covers all styles of pattern.

A similar success story is 16 year-old Bethany Wood of old town, who founded fashion accessories business Loving Dot.

She received an iTrust grant as well as a mentor from fashion business ASOS, to help her market her phone cases, pocket mirrors and logo design service via social media.

"My mentor has been great," she said. "I've made back my £250 grant already."

Other individuals who have received support from iTrust are 22 year-old Charlotte Kaye of Charlotte Elizabeth Photography, and 28 year-old David Chatwood of Diddy David Digital.

Rubina Rashid, head of enterprise at Barnsley College, said: "Everyone who has received a grant has had to prove that their business is sustainable beyond 12 months.

"The number of start-up businesses in Barnsley is quite low. This is a big problem and as a college we're trying to address that.

"These businesses are making in-roads into the local economy and one day they might well be employing other local people."