Businesses are queuing up to move into new industrial units in Penistone, which are being built with the help of business support programme Enterprising Barnsley.
Penistone Paper and Board is using a grant of around £190,000 to part-fund building five new units on disused land. The company has already created 13 units which have been snapped up by businesses.
Paul Fearn, co-director of Penistone Paper and Board (pictured) said: “We are literally getting asked all the time if we have any space. It’s mainly local people who want to work locally.
“If you go to Barnsley or go half an hour up the road you can probably find units, but people want to work nearer to home.
“And by offering them workspace nearer home we are also doing our bit to cut carbon emissions.”
The new units, and the existing ones, have all been part-funded by Section 106 money, which is paid by large developers in the area as part of planning permission to support the local economy.
The money was gained with help from Enterprising Barnsley, which is part of Barnsley Council. Enterprising Barnsley aims to help businesses across the borough develop and expand; generating economic growth and creating jobs.
Andy Arnold, of Enterprising Barnsley, said: “This is a really good example of the public sector helping the private sector. Basically what we do is work behind the scenes to help create jobs in the borough.”
The first five units were created five years ago and let immediately. A further five were also snapped up and the company then built three on top of the original five.
The diverse range of businesses in the existing units include a specialist bicycle manufacturer, a tree surgeon, plasterers, a craft paper company and a furniture dealer.
The new units will be about 500 square foot each and will be ready in the summer.
Paul said as well as creating space for light industry the units had created another income stream for the company.
“There has been no growth in the paper market because of the recession, so diversifying into renting out space is a very useful source of income for us,” he said.
Penistone Paper and Board take unwanted or damaged cardboard and industrial-sized rolls of paper and turn them into usable board and sheets of paper for everything from fast-food containers and toothpaste tubes to writing paper for schools.
Enterprising Barnsley is part of the Sheffield City Region Growth Hub Enhancement Project, which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.