More than 130 new companies formed in Barnsley in last three years

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More than 130 new businesses have been created in Barnsley in the past three years, new figures reveal.

A performance report due to be presented before Barnsley Council’s cabinet on Wednesday, June 3, shows 133 new firms have been established since 2012.

The report also shows 29 companies have been formed this year alone.

It also highlighted how 762 businesses have been supported to expand this year through various council-led schemes.

Councillor Alan Gardiner, the council’s cabinet spokesperson for corporate services, said: “This report marks the end of a three year period, throughout which we’ve seen some excellent progress. The achievements we’ve made show that the council’s priorities of developing a thriving and vibrant economy, creating strong and resilient communities and supporting people to achieve their potential are leading to better outcomes for Barnsley.”

During the three year period of the 2012-15 corporate plan, more than 65 per cent of indicators have improved.

These include an improved employment rate, which is now higher than regional and national averages, a reduction in the number of people claiming job seeker’s allowance from 5.3 per cent to 2.7 per cent and the creation of 3451 private sector jobs created through council interventions. In addition, major improvement work for the town centre is underway and on schedule.

The report also highlights some areas for improvement, such as secondary school performance and progress on new-build homes. This will be the focus in the council’s 2015-18 corporate plan, which is also being launched at next week’s cabinet meeting.