Happy birthday to an expanding firm

Colin Cook (right) of JNP Group is welcomed to the Innovation Centre in Hartlepool as its very first tenant in 2005, by Simon Hamilton, now UK Steel Enterprise's managing director.
Colin Cook (right) of JNP Group is welcomed to the Innovation Centre in Hartlepool as its very first tenant in 2005, by Simon Hamilton, now UK Steel Enterprise's managing director.
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BUSINESS UPDATE PIC FILLER FOR WEDNESDAY, JULY 22.

A double boost is on the way for a company which is celebrating the tenth anniversary of its office opening in Hartlepool.

The JNP Group is adding two new members to its team and moving into larger offices.

The consulting engineering company was the first business tenant to move into UK Steel Enterprise’s multi-million pound Innovation Centre on the Queens Meadow Business Park when it opened in 2005. After a number of moves and expansions, it will now occupy more than six times the space that it did a decade ago.

Colin Cook returned to his home town to open the office for the Chesham-based consulting engineers and the office has expanded steadily since then, working with clients from Tata Steel to Yuill Homes.

JNP Group was appointed by UK Steel Enterprise as the civil and structural engineers for the Hub Two extension at the Innovation Centre that was built in 2011.

Now the company is expanding its own offices into Hub Two, as two additional engineers boost the team to six to help meet demand from existing and new clients.

Mr Cook said: “The Centre has been an ideal place for us to start up and grow in Teesside. The facilities are first class and the transport links have been a plus as we work right across the North East.”

Senior partner Alan Brackley said: “The current upturn in the construction sector is obviously helping us and the demand from commercial clients is strong in the North East, but we believe that JNP Group’s decades of expertise is a strong factor in our growth.   

“We have a reputation for providing innovative engineering solutions and our emphasis on cost-effectiveness and quality has brought us a very loyal client base and considerable new business from recommendations.”

Peter Taylor, UK Steel Enterprise area manager, said: “Our Centres are specifically designed to support businesses as they grow and it has been good to see JNP Group, our very first tenant in Hartlepool, doing so well. We naturally thought of them when we were developing our Hub Two extension and the team did an excellent job.”