Hartlepool jobs success helps economic growth in Tees Valley

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A POSITIVE month for the Tees Valley has been spurred by significant job boosts in Hartlepool.

The latest survey from local enterprise partnership Tees Valley Unlimited has revealed how the area’s economy and labour market were performing well, with both the manufacturing and service sectors seeing job growth.

And leading the way were firms in Hartlepool, with a series of good news announcements coming from across town during February.

It led to TVU bosses declaring the month to be “generally positive” with the economy performing well.

Highlights in a busy month included Able UK’s Seaton Port, which is planning to decommission the Brent oil and gas field with plans presently out to public consultation.

The firm is making a significant investment at Seaton.

It includes the construction of what will be one of Europe’s heaviest load-bearing quays.

The construction phase is generating around 100 jobs and the recycling contract itself will create a further 100 new jobs, say bosses.

In the Hartlepool health sector, specialist firm Hart Biologicals, which is based on the Queens Meadow Business Park, has created 13 jobs.

The company, which specialises in making the reagents used to investigate the blood clotting function in patients, has taken over a vacant 6,500 sq ft unit next to its headquarters.

The £500,000 extension is set to house the Hart Biologicals Research and Development team.

Also, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has invested £3m in a new commercial development at Queens Meadow Business Park. Fifty new jobs will be created with more set to follow in the supply chain.

Twenty jobs are to be created as accountancy practice Evolution moves into new premises at Wynyard Park House.

The move comes as the firm looks to continue its rapid growth and build on its existing team of 60 staff.

A spokesman for TVU said: “February was a generally positive month for new job announcements across the Tees Valley.

“Whilst the lower oil price continues to impact negatively on jobs and investment in the oil and gas sector, the overall Tees Valley economy and labour market are performing well with both manufacturing and service sectors seeing job growth.”