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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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Business Village builds for the future after £1m European investment.

RECORD occupancy levels at The Business Village have led to plans to build a fourth phase at its site in Wilthorpe. Having secured over £1m in funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the new building will make room for up to 18 new businesses and add nearly 10,300 sq ft of office and […]
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Where can you find the right support for your business?

There are certain times when the right business support can make all the difference.  Of course, getting the right advice is essential during the planning phase and when starting a business, but what then?  At The Business Village, we firmly believe that good business support should be an ongoing thing.  Any business owner will tell […]
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WHY AND HOW TO MAP CUSTOMER JOURNEYS TO GROW YOUR BUSINESS…

At our Friday networking breakfast earlier today Nigel Greenwood from Simply Customer gave us a fascinating insight into looking at your business through your customers’ eyes. Recognised as an expert in customer experience, Nigel explained how he has helped local businesses grow by increasing leads, conversion, cross-sales and customer retention and occasionally helps large corporates too. […]
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Why your business could benefit from a managed workspace…

Business centres, or managed workspaces are usually created with the aim of helping entrepreneurs to take those first steps in building a successful business. Starting a business is a big decision, there’s a lot to consider and even more to do.
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The importance of meaningful employer engagements!

At last month’s First Friday networker at The Business Village, Jess Widdowson from Talent United (Barnsley College) gave us a highly informative presentation on “The importance of meaningful employer engagements.” Here’s the link to her highly informative presentation as a pdf
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Corporate Social Responsibility – is it possible for SMEs?

During a discussion with one of our Business Village tenants recently, we asked why they had chosen the bank they held their personal account with. “Their ethical policy,” was the immediate answer.  Why then, had they chosen a different bank for their business account? “Free banking! I needed that extra bit of help when starting […]
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Blogging for Business – Yes you should!

The aim for all businesses with a website is to rank highly on Google – preferably reaching the dizzying heights of page one!  SEO, metadata and a well-designed website will help, but having a site that’s regularly updated is one of the key things to aim for. 
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Exercise, it’s not just a physical thing!

When we think about exercising, we are guilty of just focusing on the physical side - creating a more attractive physique, lowering blood pressure and a healthier heart.
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I need staff…. what do I do now?

At last week's First Friday networker at The Business Village, Kat Derbyshire from Barnsley based Black Kat HR gave us a brief but highly informative taster on the subject of personal growth and well-being of employees within the workplace. Get her presentation here!
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Over £100k of free business support available from Barnsley based Business Advisory Group

The Business Advisory Group has announced the launch of its Business Start-up Scheme, pledging over £100,000 of advice and support to entrepreneurs and new businesses across Barnsley and Rotherham during the next two years.
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South Yorkshire’s businesses celebrate success

More than 500 representatives from South Yorkshire’s Business Community came together to celebrate the achievements of local businesses over the past twelve months at one of the most prestigious business events on the local calendar.
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New range of menus at our on site Bistro!

Fresh new menu selections and an extensive range of toasties and paninis with over 10 different fillings will be available along with plenty of delicious breakfast offers. For lunch on the go, why not grab a slice of pizza for as little as £1 or a £4.00 meal deal which will include a sandwich, a pack of Walkers crisps and a can of pop.
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Avoiding and Dealing With Stress at Work…

For business owners, mental health and well-being is a critical issue – for themselves and their employees. In many jobs stress is almost accepted (or even expected) but that isn’t how it should be; no matter how busy or demanding the job. 
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It’s out now…. the Autumn edition of Business Matters.

Hello and a big welcome to the Autumn 2018 edition of Business Matters, our quarterly newspaper featuring the latest news from our tenants and many friends across the business community in Barnsley and Leeds and Sheffield City Regions.
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Last chance to take advantage of FREE graduate scheme from RISE!

Here's a great opportunity  from our friends at Gradconsult who are wanting to make businesses (SMEs) aware of the RISE scheme, a free graduate recruitment programme funded by Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield University and the Growth Hub.
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Business Awards – Are they all they’re cracked up to be?

For many businesses industry awards are seen as adding important value to their offer. It’s a way of demonstrating their credibility, trust rating and expertise. What better way to impress potential customers than to say, “award-winning”?
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We’ve made the shortlist….

The Business Village is delighted to have been shortlisted in the Prestigious Business Growth Awards category sponsored by Finance For Enterprise.
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September First Friday….Boost your Social Media Marketing Skills

At last week’s First Friday networker at The Business Village, Rik Courtney from #BeMoreSocial gave us a brilliant and highly informative taster on “How to boost your social media marketing skills!”
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Up to 11 with The Business Village People

We thought it would be good to find out a bit more about some of the people behind the businesses that are located at The Business Village – our very own Village People! We’ve put together a mixture of questions about them and what they do and will be interviewing a new person each month.
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Personal growth and well-being of employees within the workplace…

At today’s First Friday networker at The Business Village, Vicky Haywood from tenant business Yorkshire Psychotherapy Limited gave us a brief but highly informative taster on the subject of personal growth and well-being of employees within the workplace. Vicky discussed how Business Coaching helps organisations to achieve and build on their successes by supporting the personal growth […]
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Angels in Business Investment

For many SMEs, funding is a common problem.  When debt isn’t an option, the only way to obtain a much-needed injection of capital, is to look for investment.  But where do you begin?
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Google #DigitalGarage

The Business Village works with organisations to offer support at every stage of business development.  We have regular workshops and ‘clinics’ offering help with everything from finance to data protection and marketing, working with organisations such as Google Digital Garage, Sheffield City Region, NatWest, and many local business experts, including our own tenants. Our business […]
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Read all about it in the Summer edition of Business Matters!

In this edition of Business Matters we have news of a baby boom on site here in The Business Village, our developing relationships with Barnsley College, iTrust and our friends from the “Internet of Things” Tribe based at the DMC in the town centre.
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Modernisation – It Takes a Village

There’s a lot to be said for familiarity.  People generally know what they like and like what they know.  This is why it’s often seen as a risk to radically rebrand, change the corporate colours, identity, or name.  Business change can be scary, but it can also be a very positive thing – and sometimes it’s necessary.  Nevertheless, some people will embrace it, whilst others resist.
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iTrust partners with The Business Village @BarnsleyBIC

Now in its sixth year, the iTrust start-up scheme continues to support Barnsley College, Barnsley Sixth Form and University Campus Barnsley students who are interested in setting up their own business. To date, well over sixty students have received a start-up grant and over one hundred students have accessed business start-up support. The initiative has […]
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Business branding is more than just a logo…

Over the past thirty years, Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre has been consistent in its branding.  Hopefully, this has helped to create a comfortable, familiar feel to both of our sites, in Wilthorpe and Cudworth. 
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Are you GDPR ready?

With less than a month until the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) becomes UK Law, time is running out for businesses and organisations to become compliant. It’s not too late to make sure you’re ready for the deadline on 25th May, but you do need to get your skates on! Every organisation, whether a business, […]
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Business Matters @BarnsleyBIC

Business Matters features just a taster of all the latest news and successes in and around BarnsleyBIC and we are keen to include as much variety as possible. If you have a story or news of a recent success that you or your business has won, please let us know.
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Healthy success bubbles up for Business Village tenant!

Target, which was only set up three years ago, also supplies software for Enterprise Plc and for facilities management company Sodexo for its work with BAE Systems and Lily Pharmaceuticals.
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Market leading business makes the right call…

A Barnsley company, which collects information about school attendance of looked after children, has doubled its turnover and staffing in the past five years.
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