Barnsley roadshow for start-up firms

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Budding entrepreneurs are being invited to the biggest ever roadshow organised by a successful Barnsley business start-up programme.

SmartStart open days will be held in Barnsley town centre and across the borough in September.

Anyone interested in setting up their own business - or who has recently set up a new business - is encouraged to come along and find out more about the free business support available to them in Barnsley.

SmartStart, run by Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre (BBIC), has helped more than 200 new businesses set up in the last three years.

The programme provides one-to-one business mentoring plus an intensive eight-week course of business start-up workshops covering all aspects of running a business, including business planning, finance, marketing and sales.

SmartStart open days will be held in Barnsley town centre on September 4, 7, 8 and 9. They will also take place in Penistone town centre on September 10 and at BBIC in Wilthorpe on September 15.

Sarah Valentine-Bull, BBIC’s SmartStart business development manager, said: “SmartStart is all about reaching out to people in Barnsley who are considering self-employment and setting up their own business.

“This is the first time we have taken our open days out of our home base at BBIC and into the town centre and to Penistone to the west of the borough. We hope more people with aspirations to run their own business will find it more convenient to come along and discuss their business ideas with one of our expert advisers.”

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