Workshops aim to help more set up in business

ENTREPRENEURS considering launching a new business in Barnsley are being encouraged to take advantage of two free workshops next month.

Organised by Enterprising Barnsley, a programme being jointly run by Barnsley Development Agency, Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre and University Campus Barnsley, the sessions will include advice from experts on issues such as getting financial backing and finding a suitable workspace.

The sessions, on Tuesday, February 8 and Tuesday, February 15, are the first of their kind to be held but could become a regular event if they prove a success.

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Enterprising Barnsley programme manager Martin Beasley said: "Working for yourself isn't for everyone, but we can help with the initial decision. And, if that decision is yes, we can assist with planning.

"Barnsley has one of the best support networks available for small businesses in the UK with lots of fantastic opportunities available.

"Whether you're in work, facing the prospect of redundancy or just wanting to sound out an idea, the sessions are a great place to start.

"As well as representatives of all the Enterprising Barnsley partners, specialists will also be there to offer friendly advice."

Enterprising Barnsley, which has attracted 2.89m of investment from the European Regional Development Fund, already has a number of initiatives for start-up businesses such as the "Genesis" project, which provides mentoring and office facilities, and the Barnsley Business Mine run by University Campus Barnsley.

The first workshop will be held from 10am to 3pm at the Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre in Wilthorpe and the second, the following week will run from 5pm to 7.30pm at the Digital Media Centre in County Way.

For details or to book a place on either of the sessions contact Barnsley Development Agency on 01226 787535.