BARNSLEY has seen 276 new businesses created in the past three years, according to the latest council performance report.

The report reveals that there has been 133 new business start-ups so far this year which takes the three year total to 276.

It also highlights that 762 businesses have been supported by the council to expand.

The report for the fourth quarter of 2014/15 will be considered by Cabinet on Wednesday (June 3).

Coun Alan Gardiner said: "The achievements we’ve made show that the council’s priorities of developing a thriving and vibrant economy, creating strong and resilient communities and supporting people to achieve their potential are leading to better outcomes for Barnsley.”