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Barnsley business support project wins £2.2m funding

A project which supports businesses in Barnsley has been given £2.2m in European funding.

Enterprising Barnsley's grant from the European Regional Development Fund was confirmed by minister Baroness Hanham on a visit to the project.

Bosses said the money would be used to offer support to businesses over the next three years.

Start-up businesses will also get support, during "this challenging economic period".

Tim Milburn, the Chief Executive of the Barnsley Business Innovation Centre said the funding was "good news".

"We will have some funding to help us nurture and grow a number of businesses," he said.

"All-in-all the Barnsley enterprising program has delivered excellent results and will help us do even more during the next three."

Mr Milburn said the money would be used to coach businesses to assist them to grow.

"There are some excellent businesses in Barnsley but there are not enough and that is part of the reason for the program - to encourage and nurture business starts in the town," he added.

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