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Firm’s building for the future
A BARNSLEY bricklaying company has been handed an award for its commitment to tackling the construction skills shortage.

Barnsley Brickwork, based on Regent Street South, has created more than 100 training opportunities and six jobs for Barnsley people over the last year - and has bagged Sheffield Housing Company’s (SHC) ‘sub-contractor of the quarter’ award for its efforts.

The company, established in 2005, has worked with SHC on all of its projects throughout the city,...
Kelly shows she is a cut above...
BRIDAL hairdresser Kelly Hanks has won a national competition for her work making brides around the country look their best on their big day.

Kelly was runner-up in the Wedding Industry Awards ‘wedding hairdresser of the year’ award last year - but this time she’s gone from bridesmaid to bride, having bagged the top prize.

The award, voted for by clients, saw Kelly win the regional final for the second year running and beat seven...
Boost to employment prospects
MORE than 100 new businesses have set up in Barnsley within the last 12 months, a report has revealed.

The 105 firms represent a rise of 1.7 per cent on the previous year’s growth, which is the sixth highest increase in the Yorkshire and Humber region and only just below the national average of 1.8 per cent.

“The main driver for the return to growth is attributed to the strong 10.5 per cent growth in...
Final flats at Gateway Plaza sold
A DEVELOPER who invested heavily in a town centre apartment complex has sold off its final flats to an overseas property fund.

Quest Property, part of the Brook Group which opened the Gateway Plaza development of 188 flats ten years ago, this week sold its final 128 flats to the Australian L1 Property.

It was always the intention, said Quest chief executive Jason Brook, to sell off the residential side of the development while retaining...
Free first aid for parents
PARENTS are being invited to learn skills that could save their child’s life.

MHE services, based at Carlton industrial Estate, is offering a free two hour first aid course to teach parents how to perform CPR, use an AED and what to do if a child is chocking.

Faye Holmes, who works for MHE said: “Parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles, or anyone with a baby or child close to their hearts is welcome to attend.

“We...
Gaming shop helps homeless
A GAMING shop held a card game event to collect for a foodbank.

The One Stop Game Shop, based at the Victorian Arcade, holds weekly Yu-Gi-Oh (a Japanese comic series) events in conjunction with the Library @ the Lightbox.

In return for a free packet of entry cards, players were asked to donate five tins of non-perishable food to Action For Barnsley Homeless.

In a statement on Action For Barnsley Homeless Facebook page, the charity...
Barnsley put on a global map
A NEW online tool published by the Sheffield City Region aims to show investors from around the world what opportunities Barnsley has to offer.

The Locate in SCR website displays everything from demographics and employment statistics to the student population - and what subjects they’re studying - and even lists potential premises or vacant lots that are up for sale or rent in the nine towns and cities that make up the region.

Rachel Clark,...
Busy day of trading at crafters’ market day
AROUND 900 people enjoyed visiting a Christmas market with a difference at the weekend.

An Etsy Made Local Christmas market took place at The Digital Media Centre and was organised by Crafty Business Barnsley.

It was part of a national scheme that saw towns and cities across the UK celebrating the makers and designers that make up the creative community selling on Etsy.com.

Steph Cronin, founder of Crafty Business Barnsley, said this has been the...
The company that is keen to give chances
THE OWNER of a company which built the new bar within the Glass Works development in the town centre is working to ensure local apprentices are ‘given a chance’ like he was.

The 3C Group is a contractor that specialises in kitchens both residential or commercial and also provides a design service to clients.

It was established in Penistone in 2017 and has since expanded to offices in Leeds.

Matthew Crisp, 40, created the company...
Fast food drive-thru closed for refurb
A FAST food restaurant has closed for refurbishment.

McDonald’s at Wentworth Business Park, Tankersley, closed on Sunday for building works and a second drive-thru lane to be installed.

The store will reopen on December 10 at 11am.
Changing of the guard at Cherry’s
A HAIRDRESSER has hung up her scissors and clippers after 53 years of running her own business.

Patricia Cherry, who runs Cherry’s Hair Salon, in Pontefract Road, Lundwood, has decided that at the age of 78 it’s time to pass her business down to her granddaughter, Alisha.

Patricia - or Pat as she is known to most - who was born in Lundwood, took after her mother who was a hairdresser.

The 78-year-old, of Lang...
Defiant tearoom boss opens back up
A POPULAR village tearoom - forced to close after a series of break-ins - was back in business this week much to the relief of customers.

The Copper Kettle in Thurgoland shut its doors some weeks ago after masked raiders struck as the cosy cafe was closing.

After kicking in the door, they got away with just £10.

But as the third raid in little over a year, it was enough for owner Michelle Gray...
Cyclist cafe is crowned king...
A CAFE in Langsett has been given a lifetime achievement award for serving South Yorkshire cyclists.

The Cycling UK annual Cyclist Cafe of the Year awards, now in their second-year, invite cyclists across the UK to choose their favourite haunts.

The Bank View Café has been serving South Yorkshire’s cyclists since 1900, initially to serve the nearby reservoir’s workers.

The café is located at one end of the Strines, a route which skirts the edge...
Long-serving Phil ready to push his firm forward
A BARNSLEY-based businessman has completed the buyout of a leading food service and retail equipment supplier.

Phil Williams, of Cudworth, is the current managing director of Victor Manufacturing, in Bradford, and has been with the company for more than 20 years.

The 57-year-old, who has lived in Barnsley all his life, took the decision to take over the company when the firm was put up for sale by the Mrs J M Mountain Will Trust....
Hairdresser shows he can cut it...
A BARNSLEY hairdresser has been crowned one of the UK’s best hair stylists in a national award.

Craig Parkinson, who works at Mane Hairdressing in Shambles Street, won the best bridal hairdresser at the National Hairdressers Federation (NHF) and the National Beauty Federation (NBF) floor competition - Britain’s Best.

On Sunday, Britain’s Best took place for the second time at the UK’s largest hairdressing trade show, Salon International at ExCeL London. At the event, Craig...
Young apprentice up for award
AN apprentice vehicle repair technician who won a regional award is competing to be crowned the National ‘Rising Star of the Year’.

Matthew Turner, 21, of Bamford Close, Dodworth, is an accident repair technician at Gemini Accident Repair Centre in Rotherham where he repairs a wide range of vehicles and he regularly volunteers to speak at schools and events.

He won the title at the National Apprenticeship Awards for Yorkshire and the Humber ceremony in...