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How sharing your net zero strategy can boost your marketing

The UK Government has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. They’ve also set an interim target to cut emissions by 78%, relative to 1990 levels, by 2035. It’s a huge undertaking, but as concern about the environment increases, sharing your company’s net zero strategy can boost your marketing. Net zero […]
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Exercise is not just a physical thing

When we think about exercising, we can be guilty of just focusing on the physical side – creating a more attractive physique, lowering blood pressure and a healthier heart. What we tend to forget is the countless benefits exercise has not just physically, but in health and wellbeing. Exercise has a huge impact on the […]
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How to make hybrid meetings more effective by using the Meeting Owl

When the Covid pandemic created a shift towards working from home, online meetings using Zoom or Teams soon became the norm. Two years later, employees are filtering back into the workplace but, as our blog post Is hybrid working here to stay showed, many are now looking for a more hybrid way of working. This […]
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Is hybrid working here to stay?

Office based workers have weathered some huge changes since March 2020. When the UK government gave the mandate to work from home, remote working suddenly became the norm overnight. Interestingly, the technology was already available to sustain a remote working model (video conferencing and other software) but, until that point, had not been fully embraced […]
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Business Village tenant, Silver Lady, commemorates military history with bespoke silverware

Established in 1973, Silver Lady is a family-owned business based in Barnsley. Rick Jennings first began working there around 30 years ago, eventually taking over ownership from his parents 20 years ago. The company offers a range of services from bespoke presentations, through to silver repairs and valuations. However, one of their most impressive services […]
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How to recognise and manage stress in the workplace

Stress Awareness Month has been recognised every April since 1992 and this year’s theme is community in acknowledgement of the social isolation and loneliness from the Covid pandemic. With higher numbers of us experiencing symptoms of stress over the last couple of years, this pressure can transfer into our jobs so it’s important for businesses […]
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Specialist support to future proof your workforce for business growth…

As a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses across Barnsley face new challenges affecting workforce productivity. The Future Proof Workforce programme will work with 250 Barnsley-based businesses to aid recovery from February to September 2022. This support is funded by Barnsley Council and will come at no cost to the business. Tenant business Brook Corporate […]
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Strengthening local business networks through the Community Boost project

Would your business benefit from access to bespoke training to enhance the skill sets of your current employees? The Community Boost Central project is working closely with local businesses in the Central Area Council area of Barnsley covering the council wards of Kingstone, Worsbrough, Stairfoot, Dodworth and Central. As part of this project Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber are supporting 20 […]
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Help Amey Plc raise money for Cancer Research UK

Tenant company Amey Plc are raising money for Cancer Research UK by collecting donations for the Cancer Research UK Stores. They have a donation station set up in their office (Unit 5 Building 3) and would welcome donations from anyone across the Business Village. They have collection bags available in their office, so please feel […]
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Environmental Month with Brook Corporate

Environmental March planning is in full flow. Brook Corporate are delivering 1 day workshops across South Yorkshire for the region’s employers. Who’s it for? Environmental awareness is an incredibly important part of our lives. In order to protect the sustainability of the planet, everyone needs to commit to becoming more environmentally aware. The Environmental Management […]
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New breakout and networking space at The Business Village

With businesses beginning to return to physical workspaces and face-to-face meetings now taking place again, the team at The Business Village have been looking at how we can make our space work better for local business owners. One exciting change is the development of our Bistro into a laptop friendly space, perfect for freelancers and […]
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The complete guide to building a brand community…

Go back a few years and you may remember that the traditional way for brands to promote themselves was via the relatively one-sided process of advertising. Today, however, customers look for a more human connection and one of the best ways to create this is by building a community around your brand. In a thriving […]
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Get on your bike with Pro cycle Team Carbon…

Andy Tune, MD at Business Village Cudworth based business Informate has a secret passion. In his spare time he’s Team Manager for professional cycle racing team, Team Carbon. The team is currently seeking sponsorship and for the coming year and Andy would love to talk to any Barnsley based businesses about them getting involved. Who […]
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Is a business with no sign a sign of no business?

We’re sure everyone will have noticed the recent increased amount of activity amongst our tenants brightening up their own offices and work areas with the help of exciting graphics and vinyl wallcoverings. If you fancy giving our own workspace a touch of love and making your blank walls an inspiring place for you and your […]
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Part Funded Six Sigma Yellow Belt Training Opportunities for Local Businesses…

Our friends at Brook Corporate Developments have an opportunity for Barnsley based businesses to deliver part funded training to achieve Six Sigma training and certification to Yellow Belt level. The course will introduce learners to Lean tools and techniques together with how to get the best competitive advantage from implementing it in their operations. This […]
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Government Funding For Digital Marketing

Tenant company Develop Your Staff are currently working with a training provider who have 95% funding towards staff members achieving a Digital Marketing level 3. A really popular qualification at the moment is the Digital Marketing Level 3 which a number of businesses have taken advantage of and enrolled the staff member who looks after […]
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Secure Solutions Group continue audit success and much, much more…

Business Village Cudworth tenant Secure Solutions Group is on a roll with the recent successful completion of two key accreditations that will help with their ambitious growth plans. Our  congratulations to Joseph and his team for their hard work in achieving ISO 9001 Quality Assurance Management and also ISO 14001 Environmental Management, both for a […]
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New Grant Opportunities to Support Your Business to Grow…

As a COVID Renewal Action Plan Business Adviser working for the Enterprising Barnsley Team I am passionate about connecting with local businesses and building relationships to support them access grant-funding, secure tendering contracts and providing business advice.   Although the last 18 months have probably been the toughest many businesses have ever faced, I am really […]
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Mental health and well-being in the workplace

For many of us, work is a major part of our lives. It’s how we earn our income and is often the place where we socialise and build friendships. When things are going well, the workplace can be a fulfilling place to be. But we all experience times when life gets on top of us, […]
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Tennis Titles Overshadowed By Raducanu Victory

The weekend of September 11/12th saw Business Village Chief Executive Adrian Waite winning three doubles tennis tournaments.  The Open men’s and mixed doubles titles were won at Wakefield Tennis Club on the Saturday, and the men’s over 45s doubles was won at Barnsley Tennis Club on the Sunday. “In any normal weekend, that would have […]
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FREE 30 minute appointment at The Business Village with MGRW

Accountants, Auditors and Taxation Consultants, MGRW are here to help at The Business Village… MGRW is a firm of Chartered Certified Accountants based in the centre of Sheffield. Our focus is to provide value to our clients through a variety of services. We aim to provide the best possible service, making time to listen to, […]
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Upskilling Digital: How IT – based training can future proof your business

As the COVID-19 restrictions imposed on businesses continue to ease, many employees will be glad to see the back of remote working – particularly those who are less keen on digital workspaces like Zoom and Microsoft Teams. The transition to these new methods of working has highlighted a vital truth, however: in order to maintain […]
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Bring your events to life…

New to The Business Village Community  – Zoe Wadsworth, owner of Fab Events!  Fab Events & Marketing Strategy provide their customers with more time, clarity, and direction in their business. They believe marketing and events do not need to be stressful in the workplace but a fun activity for you or your team to carry […]
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Business help for starting (or growing) your own business…

Many businesses have spent the last year hanging on and weathering the storms of Covid-19 and Brexit, so it may seem an unlikely time to consider starting a new business (or growing your existing one). However, with an adaptive mindset, it could be the perfect way to get a head start as the economy picks […]
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Beat The Street at The Business Village

Beat the Street is returning to Barnsley! Are you ready to join in with the game? Beat the Street Workplace Challenge While we’re spending more time apart, Beat the Street is an excellent opportunity for you and your colleagues to do something together, and there are great prizes on offer! Work together to earn as […]
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Brook practise what they preach at The Business Village…

A FAMILY run business is on track to double in size this year after moving into new offices at The Business Village @BarnsleyBIC and expanding their team. Brook Corporate Developments has doubled the size of its office space having previously had a smaller unit in one of the original buildings at the Wilthorpe site. The […]
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ScaleUp 360 – Packaging Design experts help textile business weave its way to success…

With the help of the ScaleUp 360 team at The Business Village, John Parkinson of iinouiio has made since significant steps since completing the free business support programme! for more information, see the news feature below… ‘Design experts at Sheffield Hallam University have created new packaging for a textile recycling firm that has helped the […]
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Perfecting your Customer Journey

Each company faces a challenge when trying to get into the mind of its customers – which is why it is important to create a step by step strategy that captures your audience and connects the dots throughout their customer journey… On the 21st May, Becky Stevenson – Business Coach – helped us figure out […]
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Health and Wellbeing at The Business Village

Health and Wellbeing at The Business Village Here at The Business Village, we recognise how important it is to take care of your mental health and wellbeing.  To help promote Mental Health Awareness Week, (10th -16th May) we want to acknowledge the tenants on site that contribute and help to maintain a healthy mind, body […]
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S75 Fitness – more than just a fitness studio…

‘If we’ve learnt anything recently, it’s the importance of prioritizing mental well-being and happiness over losing weight.’ Tenant at The Business Village, Victoria Hudson of S75 Fitness is ensuring mental health and wellbeing are her clients’ number one goal. The fitness studio in Barnsley is powered by self-belief, giving clients the encouragement to feel confident […]
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How CSR and team building can help your business

With information about your company on hand at the click of a button (or swipe of a finger), it’s easier than ever for people to spend their money with businesses which share their values. Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a way for you to demonstrate your commitment to economic, social and environmental causes (either local […]
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The Accumulator Challenge: Supporting Barnsley Hospice

In the month of May, The Business Village are supporting a brilliant cause by taking part in the Accumulator Challenge to raise money for Barnsley Hospice! We will be holding a Raffle at the end of May with the chance to win some fantastic prizes, all of which have been kindly donated to us by […]
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Five Steps to a Profitable Business.

No two days are the same as a business owner and your profits can ebb and flow making for challenging and risky times. That element of excitement vs the predictability of a monthly salary is one of the reasons why people love working for themselves. However, there are also some strategies you can follow to […]
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Eight ways to find your first customer

The last 12 months has seen a huge shift in the working environment. As a nation, we’ve experienced sweeping changes from redundancies and job shortages through to working from home and furlough. Many of us have reflected on the direction of our lives and one blog post from Enterprise Nation reported a record number of […]
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5 steps for hiring your first employee

Recruiting your first employee is a big deal. First of all, you’ll be committing to paying wages for someone every month, so you need to make sure that your cash flow can support this. Then there’s the fact that your business is your baby. If you’ve been running everything on your own for a while, […]
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How to create a social media content calendar for your business

Social media has become an essential marketing strategy for many businesses. It’s free, puts your brand in front of huge numbers of people and is seen as extremely easy to use. However, managing multiple social media accounts can become overwhelming which is where creating a social media content calendar can help. What is a social […]
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Why is customer experience so important for your business?

Most businesses recognise the importance of good customer service, but how many consider the overall customer experience? Great customer experience is vital, so read on to find out what it is, why it’s important and how you can wow your customers. What is customer experience? Customer experience is the perception that people have of your […]
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Post Brexit: How can it affect UK Intellectual Property Law?

On the 19th February, The Business Village hosted an online event with guest speaker Jane Lambert, intellectual property and technology Barrister, who gave us an insight to the future of IP Law in the UK post Brexit… Jane has spent most of her career advising and assisting, artists, designers, entrepreneurs, app developers & inventors who […]
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CWS … helping you and your business make a great first impression!

We’re delighted to welcome another great local business to The Business Village this week, as Neil and Dawn Allemby from CWS join us taking occupancy of a fantastic new unit our exciting new building from February 1st CWS Work, School and Sportswear are suppliers of high quality clothing and PPE and are here to support […]
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Stirring success for Barnsley College student Kelsey…

Barnsley College (@barnsleycollege) student, Kelsey White, has carved the path for her future by turning her love of chocolate and sweet treats into a business venture. This was made possible by support from iTrust, the College’s business start-up programme designed exclusively for students. Before COVID-19, Kelsey often visited markets with her mother, selling sweets and […]
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A quick guide to using stock photography in your business…

You know those times when you’ve written a killer blog post or have a series of social media posts to schedule which need images or graphics before you can hit publish? If you’re a talented photographer or graphic designer, that might not be a problem. But, for those of us without those skills, we tend […]
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The most effective way of starting a podcast for your business…

When many of us found extra time on our hands during the spring 2020 lockdown, perhaps moreso during the current one, it’s no surprise that projects we’ve been toying with for years, such as starting a podcast, have suddenly become viable activities. Podcasting is growing quickly as a publishing platform and a quick Google search […]
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Challenge yourself with Totally Runable

To kick of the year we felt our first event needed to inspire us to get moving and that it certainly did! It was great to hear from Nat Jackson, Director of Totally Runable Ltd & See Sporty Be Sporty CIC, to learn how we can keep fit and stay connected with work colleagues when […]
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CityFibre kick starts Barnsley’s Full Fibre future from The Business Village…

Work to transform Barnsley into one of the world’s best digitally connected towns has kicked off right outside our front door here at Wilthorpe, and even better, their delivery team take up occupancy in two of our units located in Building One at Wilthorpe. Barnsley is celebrating a major milestone in its digital transformation today […]
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8 Customer retention strategies your business should use

Have you ever wondered what the lifetime value of a client is to your business? Building great relationships with your customers can help to increase your customer retention figures and, according to smallbizgenius, an increase of just 5% can boost your profits by 25% to 95%. Here at The Business Village, we really focus on […]
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Being: In Full Colour with Raychel McGuin

Our final virtual networking event of the year saw Raychel McGuin deliver a condensed version of her ‘Being: In Full Colour’ Workshop and after the year we’ve all had, I think we could all agree we needed the uplift and a little motivation to get us thinking about a more positive year ahead! You can […]
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10 common business mistakes and how to avoid them (Part 2)

Earlier this month, we published Part 1 in our series of ‘10 common business mistakes and how to avoid them’ here covering business planning, goal setting, market research, marketing and pricing. In Part 2, we’re going to look at some financial aspects and the personal traits of business owners. Before we get started, it’s important to […]
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10 common business mistakes and how to avoid them (Part 1)

Building a successful business takes time, hard work, and commitment. However, even with the best will in the world, there are still some common business mistakes which can trip you up. One thing is certain – you’ll not get it right every time – and there’s nothing wrong with that, especially if it helps you […]
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Lead Magnets: What, Why and How with Raspberry Flamingo

For our penultimate networking event of the year here at The Business Village, we had the pleasure of introducing Claire Taylor of Raspberry Flamingo – Copywriter & Content marketeer, as our guest host!   This virtual bitesize masterclass helped us to understand the importance of creating a ‘Lead Magnet’ in order to help our businesses […]
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Exciting step as Charlotte puts her heart and sole into venture…

AN ESTABLISHED designer fashion resale business is set to move into The Business Village early in the new year. Charlotte Jones set up Love Luxe three years ago after turning her passion for Louboutin shoes into a successful online business that specialises in buying and selling unworn and unwanted shoes at a fraction of the […]
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Why employ an apprentice in your business?

The ONS stated in their October 2020 report that there were 673,000 fewer payrolled employees in the UK in August 2020 compared with March 2020. If we didn’t already know, this clearly shows that Covid-19 has affected businesses and resulted in workforce cuts. However, with the Government announcing new incentives for hiring apprentices, there could […]
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What is PPC (pay-per-click) marketing and how can you use it to build your business

One of the big advantages of PPC marketing is the speed in which you can get to the first page of a search result. Organic SEO can take time, whereas an advert can get you there within hours so it’s really great for creating brand awareness.
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How to improve employee engagement

Low employee engagement can be a real problem for organisations, damaging their productivity, decreasing overall performance, lowering the well-being of their workforce and reducing profitability. As a business owner, it’s clear to see the advantages of implementing an employee engagement strategy. However, if you need any more incentive, other benefits include an increase in positive […]
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Temporary office space during Covid-19

It’s been a confusing six months for businesses and, just as workplaces were starting to open up again, the Government announced on 22 September 2020 that we should all work from home again if at all possible.
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How can Personal Branding help you gain more clients & increase your profile?

At the return of our First Friday Networking events here at The Business Village last Friday, we were delighted to host another mini masterclass from Tanya Lloyd – Personal Branding Photographer & Expert. This virtual workshop had us all wracking our brains about mission statements, core values and branding. It made us think about why […]
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ABC survey upgrade to new office space!

AN experienced independent company of chartered surveyors is going from strength to strength despite the worries of lockdown. Atkinson Building Consultancy Ltd, which last year obtained the acclaimed Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ firm status, was set up by Adrian Atkinson and his son Jacob at the beginning of 2019, with Adrian’s assistant Amanda Halliday joining […]
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Training company on course for online success with Business Village support

WHEN the lockdown announcement came back in March, training company directors Steve Bates and Sarah Brooks saw their busy diaries empty and Steve found himself working from his Darton home instead of offices at The Business Village in Wilthorpe. Steve, who runs Abbeydale Training with Sarah, recalls how all their course bookings were cancelled as, […]
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Social media tips for businesses

According to a report from Statista.com in March 2020, the UK has 45 million social media users, which equates to over 2/3 of the population. With so many people now using social media, it’s critical for businesses to consider the impact of their social presence when developing strategies. Many of us already use social media […]
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Returning to work after Covid-19

With the Covid-19 alert level reducing and the government encouraging businesses to start returning to the workplace, we’ve made a few changes at The Business Village to help make the space safer for our tenants and visitors.
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How to deal with difficult customers

We’ve all heard the phrase “the customer is always right” but that doesn’t mean the customer is always easy to deal with. With the best will in the world, mistakes sometimes happen, and customers can become upset which often poses a significant challenge for businesses. However, put a good strategy in place to handle these […]
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Maintaining employee wellbeing when working from home

Ensuring that individuals can continue to feel connected to their teams is vital, especially bearing in mind that we tend to spend more waking hours at work than at home. These working relationships are integral for employee happiness but, from a business point of view, they’re also key to creating good employee engagement. Time spent maintaining and nurturing them is time well spent.
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10 positive things you can do when business is slow

When slowdown happens, business owners and senior management teams experience increased pressure and stress about sales revenue, paying the bills and employee welfare. The temptation is to hunker down and weather the storm.
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How to ensure business continuity during the Coronavirus crisis…

With UK businesses now suffering the effects of the Covid-19 crisis, it’s more important than ever to look at your capability to carry out business as usual. The process will be slightly easier if you already have business continuity and disaster recovery plans in place, but our guide below will help you even if you’re starting from scratch
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Nine FREE or low-cost ways to promote your business online

Naturally, you may not want to spend lots of your hard-earned money on marketing right now, but there’s still plenty you can do either free of charge or for very little cost. Even better, we’ve listed our top online tips meaning that you can get going straight away
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How we’re dealing with the COVID -19 crisis…

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Gain More Clients with Effective use of Personal Branding…

Last Friday saw a packed Bistro at The Business Village with tenants and visitors finding out how personal branding can help you gain more clients with some great advice from our good friend Tanya Lloyd from Tanya Lloyd Photography.   In an engaging and highly informative session, Tanya talked us through how: Your Image Your […]
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Building more flexible space for growing businesses in Barnsley…

WORK is about to begin on a £2.5m expansion project at Barnsley’s record-breaking Business Village which will bring up to 25 extra office and workshop units for established and start-up businesses to the town. Dan Jarvis, MP for Barnsley Central and Mayor of Sheffield City Region, was among guests who attended the commencement ceremony on […]
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Brook’s new LOOK!

Brook Corporate Developments (BCD) has started the year with a fresh new look for 2020! BCD is a business improvement consultancy based here at The Business Village who operate a multi-disciplinary approach, addressing issues affecting companies of all sizes and helping clients meet their business challenges, providing skills which they may not have in house, […]
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Bitesize Business Briefings from Irwin Mitchell…

In late 2019 Sheffield law firm Irwin Mitchell delivered a series of bitesize workshops here at The Business Village to tenants and externals covering a multitude of different business topics. You can see an overview of the IM experts below along with their presentations (link in blue).   Charlotte Peel Charlotte is a Solicitor in […]
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Join the conversation about the future of Barnsley

People are encouraged to ‘think bold’ in their responses when talking about what the future of Barnsley could hold. Barnsley Council together with a range of partners from health, business, education and the voluntary sector organisations have launched the Barnsley 2030 conversation, to listen to people’s stories of the borough and to create a thriving […]
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Business and Management Research Survey…

Could you help with a Business and Management Research survey into “understanding the mental health and well-being of small and medium sized businesses”? Anita Binns, an undergraduate of the University of Essex Online and employee of Black Kat HR, (one of our tenant businesses) is appealing for your help. Anita is in her final year […]
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Direction 2019: with The AntiSocial Engineer…

We just love what the team at The AntiSocial Engineer have done with their office here at The Business Village. Check out the link below to their visual timeline of business from inception through to the flourishing stages… The AntiSocial Engineer Limited is an ethical social engineering company based at The Business Village in Barnsley, […]
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Business Awards 2019 Winners

The Barnsley and Rotherham Business Awards, one of the region’s most highly anticipated business events of the year took place on 18th October at Magna where a record number of guests attended to celebrate the important contributions businesses, charities and individuals have made over the past twelve months in helping to shape the local economy. […]
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What does your online footprint say about you?

The Business Village is typical of any organisation that wants to be as accessible as possible to existing and potential customers.  We strive for greater online visibility to showcase what we do and to extend our marketing reach – this creates our online footprint. Our social media accounts and website are the key tools we […]
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Seven Steps to Social Media Success

At our most recent First Friday Breakfast Networker, Pamela Hopkinson from Social Media Solutions gave us a fantastic presentation detailing her Seven Steps to Social Media Success. During the presentation we discovered that everyone, from sole traders to large international corporations seems to be jumping on the social media band wagon to promote their business. […]
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Why you should always welcome complaints.

When Channel 4 launched a video detailing some of the complaints they have received about programmes, presenters, content, etc. it may have appeared they weren’t taking the issue seriously. That’s far from being the case though. Highlighting the fact that people take the time to tell them when they’re unhappy and following it up with […]
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New £3m project to support entrepreneurs across region

A new £3m partnership project led by Sheffield Hallam University is set to support entrepreneurs from across the region to grow their business ScaleUp 360 is a three-year European funded project that brings together a group of business experts from  Doncaster and East Midlands Chambers of Commerce and The Business Village @BarnsleyBIC under the leadership […]
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How CRM makes all the difference

How do you track your customer interactions? Do you keep a record of phone calls, emails and other contact, questions, feedback? It can be a tough job to keep on top of every interaction, with every customer, but it’s definitely worth the effort.
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Shortlist announced for Barnsley and Rotherham Business Awards

Businesses and individuals from across the South Yorkshire region will battle for honours at the Barnsley and Rotherham Business Awards ceremony, in association with AAG IT Services, on Friday, 18th October at Magna, Rotherham. This year, judges have shortlisted five entrants for each of the twelve categories on offer, the winners will be announced at […]
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Interested in helping us build our new Building?

The Business Village @BarnsleyBIC (Barnsley Business & Innovation Centre BBIC Ltd) seeks to award a contract for a Principal Contractor for provision of construction works to Phase 5 of the BBIC site to develop additional managed office space being part funded through European Development Fund (ERDF) monies. You can find out more about the tender […]
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Extra time for business awards applications

Companies from across South Yorkshire have been granted extra time to enter one of the most eagerly anticipated awards events on the annual business calendar Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber has announced an extension for entries the 2019 Business Awards, with businesses being given until Friday 6th September to submit their applications. Open to any business […]
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Wool Couture —a Managed Workspace Success Story!

We love to celebrate success here at The Business Village and what better success story than that of Wool Couture? You will likely have heard about Wool Couture’s success on the BBC’s ‘Dragons’ Den’ but we wanted to dig a little deeper and find out more about the practical issues and challenges that were faced […]
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Why live events can really give your business a boost!

We’ve all been to conferences, training days and networking events.  The key considerations for all of us is “What will I get out of this?” and “Is it going to be worth my time?” This is especially true for anyone who runs their own business.  As a business owner, your own time is one of […]
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How Virtual Offices can help you – A look at Halo Personnel

As a business growth hub, business start up centre, incubation centre, managed workspace, rented office, (whichever description fits for the many tenants we have) The Business Village aims to provide a plethora of options to support and help our resident entrepreneurs to develop and grow their businesses.  When someone comes to us with an idea, […]
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Running on the spot … with Totally Runable’s Nat Jackson!

If you’ve read our article on Business Expansion then you’ll have a clearer idea on what to consider if you’re thinking about expanding your business.  We sat down with Nat Jackson, one of The Business Village’s tenants to talk about her experience of expanding her business, Totally Runable. Totally Runable was founded by Nat Jackson […]
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When IS the right time to expand your business?

Over the years at The Business Village, we’ve seen a lot of businesses grow from initial start-ups to being fully fledged, successful companies.  The process from seedling to mighty oak is individual and complex.  It varies from business to business and from one entrepreneur to another.  Quite often a small business will reach that dreaded […]
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Let us increase your heart rate with this fantastic offer from The Sports Village!

Following on from the extremely successful #UltraChallengeRun last month, The Business Village is delighted to announce we’ve secured a great tenant offer with our great friends at The Sports Village at Barnsley College Honeywell site to save you £48 a year on its annual membership fee with the added flexibility of their pay as you […]
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Beat the street Barnsley with The Business Village and Totally Runable

Beat the Street is a real life walking, cycling and running game for a whole community, which runs from Wednesday 5 June 2019 – Wednesday 17 July 2019. Beat the Street is being delivered by Intelligent Health and is funded by The National Lottery on behalf of Sport England, and Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council. Score […]
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How to save a life!

This morning at The Business Village 25 highly engaged tenants and visitors joined us to hear one of the most informative First Fridays networkers we’ve held on; “How you can save a life and how first aid training can benefit you, your business and your clients”. During the presentation Joseph demonstrated: How to save a […]
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Reject rejection: alternative finance can support your business

Having already invested over £44m into growing businesses across Yorkshire & Humber, Mark Wilcockson, Senior Manager at British Business Bank, discusses the impact that the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) has had on the region and how the finance provider plans to continue its support: In recent years, it has become increasingly difficult for small […]
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Taylor Bracewell’s new venture in Barnsley…

The Business Village is delighted to announce the imminent arrival of Taylor Bracewell Solicitors at our Wilthorpe site. Their specialist lawyers will soon be available for a series of free weekly drop in clinics and seminars, keep your eyes peeled for further information on their website and social media, including Facebook and Twitter for the days, dates and […]
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Why Social Media will NOT Save Your Business…

Firstly, let us be clear; here at The Business Village we love social media. We use it, have accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and a LinkedIn Page.  We know the value of a good social media presence and recommend using appropriate platforms for your business.  That said, there’s a growing problem with how social media […]
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Being more effective in your business!

Last week we got together with Becky from Becky Stevenson to deliver a three hour bite sized workshop on how to be more effective in your business In her FREE workshop attendees learnt practical ways to manage business processes, end duplication, get rid of the bottleneck that’s stopping the job getting done and have more time to […]
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Does Networking Really Work?

Networking is something that, on the face of it, is easy to do. You can literally just register and turn up to one of the many open networking events advertised on Eventbrite, or via local business pages, or organisations. We hold our own Business Village networking event each month – First Friday Breakfast Networking, where […]
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What’s the point of bring your dog to work day?

Sometimes, it’s hard to fit everything you need to do into one day.  Running a business is not an easy option and the pressures can be immense.  So why on earth would you want to add taking your dog to work, or talking like a pirate, or celebrating National Pizza Day into the mix?  It’s […]
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“More and Better Jobs” – The Employment and Skills Strategy

At last week’s First Friday networking breakfast Ken Keenan from Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council gave us a fascinating insight into the Council’s ambition to make the borough a thriving and unique place to live and work. The employment and skills strategy “More and Better Jobs” aims to build the skills needed to support a thriving […]
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The “Regardless of Brexit” guide to better cyber-security.

Earlier today we welcomed students from Sheffield Hallam University to our Bistro in The Business Village. Over coffees and bacon sandwiches and along with our tenant Mike Brook from Brook Corporate Developments they shared their thoughts on the hot topic of cybersecurity policy and planning through a highly informative and interactive presentation. They also discussed […]
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Are you ready for ‘Making Tax Digital’?

Making Tax Digital is not a new thing.  The UK Government announced its plans back in 2015, when it promised to modernise the tax system, to make it fit the digital world in which we all now live.  We have a number of accountants and specialist bookkeepers here at The Business Village, along with our […]
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Why is ‘women in business’ still an issue?

We deliberately didn’t post this on International Women’s Day.  That would make it appear to be something we only think about once a year, when it really isn’t.  Yes, women have come a long way from having to fight to get the right to vote just over 100 years ago, but in reality, there is […]
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