In the same quarter, nine companies relocated to Barnsley, creating 14 new jobs and securing more than £14 million of private sector investment.
The findings were included in Barnsley Council’s latest Corporate Plan Performance Report which measures progress in the first quarter of 201617 against the council’s three key proprieties- the thriving and vibrant economy priority, the community, partners and customers priority and the council’s priority to support people to achieve their potential.
The report also revealed that 170 new-build homes were completed between April and June, with work starting on a further 220; town centre retail occupancy levels remained above target at 92%; there are 59 apprenticeships within the council, equal to 3.2% of its workforce, and recruitment will take place in the autumn to recruit school leavers.
Councillor Alan Gardiner, cabinet spokesperson for Corporate Services, said: “This quarter one report forms part of a larger framework for measuring the achievement of our three key priorities. Cabinet’s role is to scrutinise and, where appropriate, challenge the findings of these regular performance reports.
“I would urge all residents, businesses and visitors to our borough to view the report so they, too, can hold the council and its partners to account over the issues which interest them.”
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