Energy experts fuel jobs boost

MORE jobs and investment are on the way at a Hartlepool firm.

Energy Direct (UK) Ltd, which has a 20-strong workforce, is set to add up to six more posts as well as £300,000 in new technology as it gets set to expand on the Queens Meadow business park in Hartlepool.

All of the growth will happen in the next six months at Energy Direct’s base in the Hub Two development at the UK Steel Enterprise-run Innovation Centre.

The firm will develop its website at a time when it is working with a host of blue chip companies across the UK as well as regional customers such as Hartlepool Housing and Tata Steel-subsidiary UK Steel Enterprise.

It has a number of potential contracts including one with a national pizza chain and the firm is also an energy consultant to the licensing trade through its subsidiary Power 4 Pubs.

Jon Shayler, head of operations and business development manager, said: “Our business has benefited because companies are having to cope with rising energy costs on top of difficult economic and marketing conditions.

“The reduction of costs and improved efficiency is a high priority and we are currently inundated with businesses from all sectors looking for our expertise.

The company has also invested in new apprentices aged between 17 and 19. It has taken on seven and three have already been offered permanent jobs.

Mr Shayler added: “Moving into the Innovation Centre was a great move for us”

Simon Hamilton, regional manager for UK Steel Enterprise, said: “Our Innovation Centres are specifically designed to support growing businesses and Energy Direct is doing that very successfully.”