Business talent in the spotlight

HUNDREDS of people turned up for Hartlepool’s first showcasing of its business world with a historic ship as the backdrop.

Thirty exhibitors and a constant stream of interested entrepreneurs gathered at Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience where a five-hour summit was held in the Baltic Suite and on board HMS Trincomalee.

Several stands represented investment teams and enterprise organisations.

Others were taken by firms in sectors such as the media, recycling, beauty and leisure.

The idea behind the summit was for people in business, and anyone thinking of starting their own firm, to find out what support was available.

The whole event was a link-up between the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and Hartlepool Borough Council’s enterprise team.

FSB Hartlepool branch chairman Pam Hargreaves said: “This shows that there is a need for this type of event and that people think it is important.

“It shows the level of support we have for events like this in Hartlepool,

“When we started organising it we did not know how much support we would get. To get 30 exhibitors is a success in itself.”

Antony Steinberg, the council’s economic development manager, said: “This helps to showcase the types of business we have in the town.

“It is an opportunity for those who are already running, and people thinking of setting up in business, to access the whole range of support available to them in one place.

“We are always looking at opportunities for businesses to network and for Hartlepool residents to access support, so that we may have similar events in the future.”

Among the 30 exhibitors were J & B Recycling, Teesside Karting, Waltons Clark Whitehill, Hartlepool Borough Council business support team, Xivvi Limited, Publicity Seekers, HSBC Bank, Barclays Bank, Women What Do, the National Apprenticeship Service, Hartlepool Working Solutions, Gus Robinson Developments and House of Colour.

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