Barnsley College has become the first college in the country to develop its own crowdfunding site to help both college and University Campus Barnsley (UCB) students.

BCKickstart is a project run by the college which offers students an opportunity to raise funds for a range of business ideas and projects. Businesses involved with the iTrust initiative, a joint venture between Barnsley College and the Barnsley Chronicle, can also use the platform.

Anyone interested in supporting the new businesses can go online to and donate money to help any of the listed business owners buy a particular item that will help them grow their companies.

Rubina Rashid, Head of Enterprise, said: “It can be very hard for new businesses to get off the ground but this new crowdfunding platform will give our entrepreneurial students both financial help and a brilliant confidence boost when they see that other people are keen to support them. Setting up a business is one of a variety of options available to students when they leave college and many continue on to university and keep their businesses going as a sideline.”

Businesses currently on BCKickstart include Loving Dot, an online accessories shop and design studio launched in 2014 by Barnsley College student Bethany Wood; Creative Music Productions, a business run by UCB student David Hirst that helps local artists to record and produce their own compositions; and Karen Brookes’ Musical Moments, which offers a range of music services.

David, of Blenheim Road in the town centre, said: “This is a brilliant new tool that I hope will help me to expand my business into music production.”

To find out more about BCKickstart or Enterprise at UCB, call the department on Tel: 01226 216 411 or email


Photo: UCB students David Hirst and Karen Brookes who are using the BCKickstart site.