Barnsley Council has been shortlisted in the category for Local Authority of the Year at the Insider’s Yorkshire Property Industry Awards 2016.
The category focuses on local authorities that have most effectively supported development, driven growth and aided commercial operators to complete developments across all sectors of the marketplace.
The council has taken a proactive and involved approach to driving development, led by the Jobs and Business Plan, which sets out a commercially focused blueprint for creating more jobs and businesses, through the delivery of a number of flagship developments across all sectors from retail and housing to commercial.
This includes the council’s £50 million Better Barnsley town centre redevelopment, the £17 million works at Junction 36 of the M1 to stimulate employment growth and the innovative Property Investment Fund which has led to the development of over 100,000 sq ft of new speculative commercial property in the borough.
These projects are supported by the award-winning Enterprising Barnsley, the economic development arm of Barnsley Council that offers support to existing businesses and inward investors.
Barnsley was also ranked within the top 20 destinations outside London for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the latest Ernst and Young’s Attractiveness Survey.
The Yorkshire Property Industry Awards are an important event for the region’s property industry and recognise a broad variety of achievements from across the board. They showcase the best work by professionals such as developers, agencies, advisers and architects from Yorkshire and the Humber over the past 12 months.
Coun Roy Miller, cabinet spokesperson for Place, said: “We’re delighted to be shortlisted for this award. It’s affirmation that our plans and strategies are working, despite operating in challenging times.
“Between April and June this year we welcomed 435 new private sector jobs and nine companies to Barnsley, securing more than £14 million of private sector investment. We were also rated in the 2015 Cities Outlook as the best performer for the largest increase in private sector employment out of all the 63 main towns and cities in the UK.
“These are fantastic achievements and show that Barnsley is a great place to invest and grow your business.
“We are working hard to create a better Barnsley that offers more opportunities to residents, businesses and private sector investors and it’s clearly beginning to reap rewards.”
Further information about the Insider’s Yorkshire Property Industry Awards and its categories along with Barnsley Council’s submission will be shared as soon as the announcements are made.
Other local authorities shortlisted for the award include Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council, Leeds City Council and Wakefield Metropolitan Borough Council. The awards will be presented on 29 September 2016 at New Dock Hall in Leeds.