BARNSLEY Council has set up a new economic partnership to steer the town's economic growth.

They're putting the private sector in the driving seat to get the local economy moving.

A chairperson and 11 members from the private sector are now being recruited to the partnership.

The group is looking for a range of business people to bring in their specialist knowledge of their own sectors, along with a collective general wisdom on what works best for business.

The borough has fewer businesses and jobs than the national or even regional average, so to remedy that deficit an ambitious economic strategy has been put together.  

The new strategy is backed up with a £25million investment plan which focuses on six clear priorities that will create the conditions for businesses - whether homegrown or inward investing - to flourish in Barnsley.

- A vibrant town centre

- Quality employment sites, a good housing mix and integrated transport

- Renewal of Goldthorpe and the wider Dearne area

- Business, enterprise and employment support programmes

- Reducing worklessness and increasing skills

- Strengthening the visitor economy

As well as its work within Barnsley, the partnership and its members will act to promote Barnsley and its potential as a great place to do business.

Cllr Steve Houghton, Barnsley Council's leader, said: “Barnsley will only achieve its ambitions if the private and public sectors work together.

"This is yet one more example of how, even in difficult times, Barnsley can be an exemplar for changing lives and prosperity. I won’t be at all surprised to see other towns and cities following our lead.”