Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council


Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council represents 230,000 residents in South Yorkshire.  Like many local government bodies, it faced a significant reduction in its funding and needed to drive greater efficiency across the organisation.

The council was already an established user of geospatial information but many of its geographic information systems existed in separate siloes and the processes that supported GIS were often manual and laborious.


With 1Spatial training and consultancy, the council used FME to develop over 100 new, automated processes that replaced repetitive manual tasks.  The council also used FME to improve data sharing, dissolving the boundaries between departments and driving greater collaboration and insight.


FME has enabled Barnsley’s GIS experts to spend more time developing new solutions and less on fixing old problems.  What once took a day, can now be delivered in half an hour.

More seamless data sharing has improved the council’s service to citizens while also enabling greater insight and more informed decision-making all across the council.

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“The council needed to do more with less. With fewer staff in the council, we started thinking about how to make life easier for  people, how to create better processes and how to put more information at people’s fingertips.”

Riley Marsden, IT Systems Manager | Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

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