JOAN Cook is a woman with a mission – to help dozens of Hartlepool businesses to flourish.
The town resident has become an administrator working with the UK Steel Enterprise team at its Hartlepool Innovation Centre, on the Queens Meadow Business Park.
Her role will be to help support the 40 new and growing businesses based at the centre.
Bosses say Joan brings a wide range of experience and expertise to her new role, as well as “considerable local knowledge” which she built up while she was working part-time in the Hartlepool Borough Council registration and members services section.
The UKSE team at Hartlepool supports all the businesses housed at the centre and in Hub Two, the multi- million pound extension which opened last year.
Joan’s part-time role will include dealing with all queries and problems, booking meeting rooms for tenants and assisting visitors.
Simon Hamilton, regional manager of UK Steel Enterprise, the business support subsidiary of Tata Steel, said: “We help new and expanding companies in our steel areas with finance and high quality business premises.
“The administration teams based at our two innovation centres in Hartlepool and Redcar play an important part in the support we provide for businesses.
“They ensure that the centres run smoothly on a day-to-day basis so that our tenants are free to concentrate all their efforts on running their own businesses.
“We are delighted to have Joan working alongside Ailsa Jackson and Lorraine Smith at Hartlepool.”