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Boost For Barnsley's Young Businesses

Friday March 1 2013

SmartStart tutor Chris Dent, with Keri Ramsden and Wes Ogden SmartStart tutor Chris Dent, with Keri Ramsden and Wes Ogden

YOUNG businesses are set for a boost thanks to a new programme of start-up support designed to ensure the town’s aspiring entrepreneurs get off to a flying start.

Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre (BBIC), the SmartStart and GENESIS programmes offer free business mentoring and support.

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 final one to one session to draw up a next step action plan.

GENESIS provides intensive support to new businesses identified as having high growth potential.

One business which is already benefitting is Independent Support Solutions Limited, a start-up company which will manage the affairs of vulnerable people and support them with their day-to-day needs such as paying bills and arranging care.

Company directors Keri Ramsden and Wes Ogden are 4 weeks into the SmartStart programme after being one of the first to sign up and are already reaping the rewards.

“As I’m new to running a business, I needed a little reassurance that I was on the right track and doing the right things,” explained Keri.

“It’s an amazing programme with some top quality mentors. I’d recommend it to anyone thinking about setting up on their own for the first time - whatever their level of business knowledge.”

Anyone thinking of setting up their own business, or who has recently started one, is invited to the open day at BBIC, Wilthorpe Road, Barnsley, on March 12 from 10am to 4pm.

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