The brightest business ideas often come from young people

Nov 16, 2014

And young people in Barnsley are producing some amazing ideas and following them through to make a profitable enterprise, thanks to a ground-breaking project.

Barnsley’s ‘Enterprising Young People’ initiative, funded jointly by Barnsley Council and the ERDF, helps  young people who have a business idea to ensure it is viable, to acquire the skills they need to run it, and to apply for a grant of up to £2,000.

The young entrepreneurs, who must be aged between 14 and 24 and live in Barnsley to be eligible, are supported by a team of ‘Enterprise Champions’ who listen to their ideas, which are sometimes almost fully-fledged and sometimes at the early stages of exploration. They guide the ideas through the early stages and ensure that the young owner understands the essentials of any business – costing, time management, marketing, and of course, making a profit.

Some clients are still at school and homework and exams are a major issue to consider; others are university or college graduates who have gained higher-level skills that need backing up with business expertise and experience.

Some examples include:

Chloe Scurrah of Coco’s Designs

Chloe, 14, creates unique leather handbags and attends craft fairs to sell the lovely clutch bags and satchels.

Chloe from Coco's Designs


Fika Catering Equipment Ltd.

Aaron Williams, 24, designs and installs kitchens for restaurants, pubs and cafes, and has already received successful commissions from several education establishments.

Fika Catering Equipment

Facebook – Fika Catering Equipment Limited

Twitter – @FIKAUK


Oliver Hyde, 24, Bowler Hat Films. Oli makes promotional videos for commercial clients, and transfers old mini tapes onto DVD. Oli has seen a market for the tape transfer as the precious tapes, often recording treasured family memories, are vulnerable to degrade after 15 years.


Ellie’s Entertainments. Eleanor Bennett, 21, provides a complete package of children’s entertainments including face painting.

Ellie's Entertainment


Cameron Thomas, CT Designs. Cameron, 14, used his grant to buy a heat press and produces personalised bags, plates and mugs. His Yorkshire Lass and Yorkshire Lad mugs have also proved very popular.

Matthew from Fika Catering Equipment

Twitter – @CTDesignS74


Jen Hammond, 16, Kainoa and Bluefrog, colourful tie-dyed teeshirts and leisurewear.



Hayley Cattell, specialises in newborn baby photography from her light-filled studio

Twitter – @HCnewborns


Dan Speight, made redundant, decided to start a business providing a sweet cart for weddings and parties, and selling old-fashioned sweets online and through a recently opened shop.

Dan Speight

Facebook – Traditional Sweets and Treats

Twitter – @TradSweetTreats


Amy Pearson, 22, plans to launch a dance school with tap, street and ballet for 3 to 18-year-olds.

Amy Pearson


Great to see such inspirational young people getting out there and making their way in the world.