Council creates one-stop shop to support Hartlepool firms

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COUNCIL bosses have created a one-stop shop to help businesses get all the support they need to be successful.

Hartlepool Council’s Economic Regeneration team is now all under one roof at the Hartlepool Enterprise Centre, in Brougham Terrace.

The team – which was previously located in several separate buildings - works closely with local and regional partner organisations and offers an extensive range of services including:

l Expert business advice and support

l Help in accessing funding – both grants and loans - to help companies set up or expand in Hartlepool

l Support with recruitment if employers need to take on staff, including shortlisting and pre-employment training

l Help with finding suitable business premises, including start-up workspace, workshops, industrial and retail units and quality office accommodation to lease or buy. Advice is also available to help firms access funding to reduce the cost associated with relocation.

l Access to training packages to enhance skills and knowledge – for both business owners and their workforce.

The team also offers a complete start-up service for people looking at self-employment – giving them expert advice on their initial business idea and providing support and guidance to help that idea become a reality.

The relocation of the team to Hartlepool Enterprise Centre comes at an exciting time for business in the town, with the launch earlier this year of the Hartlepool Vision.

The radical new blueprint aims to revitalise the centre of Hartlepool, spark the town’s wider regeneration and lay the foundations to create growth and jobs over the next 15 years.

Antony Steinberg, the council’s Economic Regeneration Manager, said: “Whether you are looking to start-up in business, grow your existing company, increase the skills of your workforce or relocate your firm to Hartlepool, our friendly team and our partner organisations can give you lots of help.

“We have years of experience and a strong track record of supporting companies in Hartlepool and we are committed to helping you make your business a success.”

For more information call (01429) 867677 or visit www.investinhartlepool.com