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Inspirational Simon offering free Monday mentoring for budding Barnsley businesses

Mondays could signal the start of business success for ambitious people in Barnsley, thanks to free mentoring sessions from a successful entrepreneur who was born and bred in the area.

Simon Biltcliffe, founder and CEO of print management agency Webmart, is launching a Monday Mentoring scheme in his home town before extending it nationwide.

The scheme launches next week (Monday 20 October).

But it is the early bird that captures the worm, with the 15-minute sessions taking place between 6am and 7am, over Skype.

Simon (pictured) won the IOD Director of the Year in 2010, and his company is currently a finalist in the National Business Awards for Employer of the Year and Sustainable Business of the Year.

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Simon has strong links to Barnsley, as he was brought up in Staincross and went to Darton High School. He is now a Barnsley Economic Partnership Business Ambassador and regularly promotes the area.

His award-winning company, Webmart, now has 43 staff and three offices, including one in Barnsley. Webmart has an annual turnover of £30million and has been completely debt-free since its inception.

Simon is a regular on the speaker circuit and inspires thousands of people each year with his Marxist-Capitalist approach to business, which sees company profits distributed among staff. He now hopes to provide frank and practical advice on a 1:1 basis to help others follow in his footsteps.

This initiative is supported by BEP, which is hosted by Barnsley Council and brings together influential people from the public and private sectors with the appropriate skills, experience and time commitment to help the borough deliver its economic strategy.

Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place at Barnsley Council, says he’s seen some real innovation coming from the BEP partnership.

Commenting on it, he said: “The partnership is really challenging the status quo in Barnsley, bringing fresh ideas to help drive the growth of Barnsley’s economy.

“This mentoring scheme is another great idea to come from the BEP, and I urge local businesses to take advantage of it.”

To apply for one of the Monday Mentoring sessions, email lisa.bowen@webmartuk.com to request a one-page ‘Bilty Business Form’. Simply complete and return this, along with up to three questions that you would like to discuss with Simon, and you will be informed within one week when your session take place.

  • Picture of Simon Biltcliffe courtesy of Angus Thomas
  • Webmart was founded in 1996 by Simon Biltcliffe. Webmart consults, buys and manages print and delivers printed products of all shapes and sizes to its customers. They’re experts in advising customers on the best print solutions for their marketing mix and helping them maximise the return on investment from print campaigns. They operate out of three yellow sheds; their Yellow Shed of Wonderment in Bicester along with regional yellow sheds in Barnsley and East Kilbride. Also see www.webmartuk.com.

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