MORE firms could be on the way to Hartlepool’s Enterprise Zone.
And with popularity so high, another set of workshops could be built within two years to meet demand.
Peter Candler is the managing director of Rivergreen Developments which owns the Rivergreen Business Centre – the place within the Enterprise Zone which is attracting plenty of interest.
Yesterday, The Mail reported how C&A Pumps had become the latest firm to move into the business centre.
Mr Candler said: “There are seven units and we have four occupied. There is interest in the others, and we are working on deals right now.”
He told how plans for another block of units could become reality. “We had aspirations for a phase two.
“If we can fill phase one, we would look to do that within 24 months.”
Mr Candler said Hartlepool has “received a bad press” in the past but Government ministers would do well to come to the town “and look at the quality of the businesses and the quality of the offer”.
We told yesterday how C&A Pumps was previously located in the UK Steel Enterprise Innovation Centre, and the move to its new 4,400 sq ft premises was done so the business can expand. It has already announced plans to take on 10 more people.
Managing director Alan Roberts said a further jobs boost could be on the way in the long term.
He added: “Part of the business plan was for 20 more people to be based here and that is over a longer period of time.”
Stephen Catchpole, managing director at Tees Valley Unlimited, the local Enterprise Partnership for Tees Valley, said: “The expansion by C&A Pumps and Engineering demonstrates how the Tees Valley Enterprise Zone is succeeding in delivering growth and development.”
He said Queens Meadow was “a key piece of the jigsaw to improve the economy in Hartlepool”.
Peter Taylor, area manager for UK Steel Enterprise, the Tata Steel business-support subsidiary, said: “Since C&A Pumps moved into our innovation centre we have seen the company more than double its workforce, expand into additional office and workshop space and greatly increase its turnover.
“It also won the contract to maintain our own pumping and other systems at the centre. The company has now outgrown us, which is our hope for all the businesses that we support here.”