An enterprise initiative led by Barnsley College has become one of just five South Yorkshire based projects to be awarded the Duke of York’s Community Initiative.

The iTrust programme is a joint venture run by the college and the Barnsley Chronicle and was launched in 2013 in order to encourage entrepreneurial initiatives, promote business start-ups and provide support, information, advice and guidance.

iTrust has helped over 20 small start-up businesses and has supported over 40 others. The start-up businesses range from a DIY handywoman service to two students who are currently developing a music and video production business. 
 
Duke of York’s Community Initiative Awards are presented annually to organisations who are seen to be making a very real difference to the communities they serve the award. They will be given out to a total of 34 different groups by His Royal Highness The Duke of York at a ceremony to be held in 2016.

Rubina Rashid, Head of Enterprise at the college, said: “I am really pleased to receive the Duke of York’s Community Initiative award on behalf of iTrust and the businesses we support and believe this honour will help integrate the message that iTrust and Barnsley College plays in making positive contributions to the Barnsley economy.”

The Duke of York’s Community Initiative is open to local charities and community groups from across the whole of Yorkshire. More details can be found at www.thedukeofyorkscommunityinitiative.org.uk

Last updated: 23rd October 2015

Originally posted on: 23rd October 2015