A BUSINESS support programme in Barnsley has helped to create and safeguard nearly 400 jobs.

Enterprising Barnsley has helped to generate 277,500 jobs in the borough in 2013.

The programme, which is delivered by Barnsley Council, provides free specialist business coaching to Barnsley-based businesses who have potential for growth.

Cllr Roy Miller, spokesperson for development, environment and culture, said: “The latest figures prove that, with the right support, businesses can go from strength to strength.

"This is tribute to the work of Enterprising Barnsley and the innovative and industrious attitude of people in the borough.”

With Enterprising Barnsley’s support, work wear manufacturer Portwest took on 14 new staff and went into 24-hour operation at its Thurnscoe warehouse, increasing turnover by 30 per cent to £75million.

Another company that has benefitted from the programme is G B Cullet, who convert unwanted double glazing units into new products such as windows, bottles and loft insulation.

With Enterprising Barnsley's support, brothers Gary and Bryn Hopkins have overseen a £500,000 investment in the business, recruited seven more staff and increased turnover by 50 per cent.

Enterprising Barnsley is supported financially by the European Union and has attracted £2,259,511 investment as part of Europe’s support for the region’s economic development.