New research by Barnsley Council shows property enquiries from companies interested in relocating rose by 50% on 2014 and led to 23 new businesses moving to Barnsley.
This means the town achieved its highest level of inward investment in seven years with nearly 805,000 sq ft of additional commercial space taken and £32m worth of private sector investment in premises, equipment and machinery.
This movement of new employers into the borough, combined with the growth of hundreds of existing businesses and the creation of 121 start-ups, means Barnsley gained 1,385 new private sector jobs in the last year alone.
Enterprising Barnsley, the economic development arm of Barnsley Council, which provides specialist support to businesses with growth potential, now aims to repeat that performance and help create an additional 1,300 private sector jobs in 201617.
Matt Gladstone, who heads up Enterprising Barnsley as part of Barnsley Council, said: “We are proud to have worked in partnership with so many new and existing Barnsley businesses who through hard work, innovation and ambition have invested in growth and created jobs in the last 12 months.
“We’re particularly pleased to have attracted so many new companies to the borough. It’s good to see that national and international businesses looking for somewhere to grow are liking what they see in Barnsley.”
Companies which have moved to Barnsley in the last year include Rethink CMYK, who has invested half a million in their new digital print and production workspace at Shortwood Business Park in Hoyland and aim to create seven new skilled jobs this year; and specialist machinery supplier MOBA which has moved its national HQ to Park Springs industrial estate near Grimethorpe and aims to recruit 20 people within the next five years.
Universal Components UK, a global distributor of truck and commercial vehicle parts, is also expanding from Sheffield in to a new purpose built 165,000 sq ft advanced logistics facility at Ashroyd Business Park in Barnsley this year.
Barnsley’s economic development figures are published by Barnsley Council which has a four year plan for economic growth set out in its Jobs and Business Plan 2014 -2017.