Barnsley business booms with oversees contracts

A flagship company at Barnsley Digital Media Centre is celebrating another expansion after doubling its members of staff and securing contracts as far afield as New Zealand.

Online security training provider Bob’s Business has been at the DMC since 2011 and has been growing significantly since moving into a larger office last July.

The company provides interactive, web-based information security awareness training that teaches organisations how to safeguard and protect their critical data.

Its team of five has expanded to 10 members of staff with new positions created in marketing, business development, animation and a second apprentice in business admin.

After winning business in New Zealand and Morocco, the company secured a contract with the HMRC with over 60,000 users.

Melanie Oldham, director of Bob’s Business, said: “We’ve been financially supported by Enterprising Barnsley this year to develop Corporate Bob, which is redesigning and redeveloping our current product portfolio to better meet the needs of the financial and legal markets.

“We have clients at the ready for this and hope to launch it in June at Infosec 2015, Europe’s leading information security conference.

“Barnsley has been an excellent basis to build our company and the Digital Media Centre has been incredibly supportive. Our new office is three times the size of the old one and it’s been ideal as we’ve been able to expand within the building without having to move locations.”

Gareth Scargill, DMC manager, said the town’s digital businesses contributed greatly to Barnsley’s economy.

“Bob’s Business is another success story for the DMC and shows that Barnsley companies can reach out across the world from a base in South Yorkshire.

“It’s great to hear of a Barnsley company working on contracts in New Zealand – thanks to our technology, geography isn’t a barrier for expansion anymore.”


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