Lavish praise for top Tees Valley summit

FROM interactive workshops to talks on how to grow your company - the Tees Valley Business Summit was a business success.

Firms from Hartlepool were out in force for the perfect opportunity to spread the word about their product.

Sara Garnett and Victoria Cornfield from Tilly Bailey & Irvine

Sara Garnett and Victoria Cornfield from Tilly Bailey & Irvine

PD Ports business development director Geoff Lippitt said: “Hartlepool is a key component for our portfolio and our business. It has formed a position in the offshore sector in the last three to five years, with JDR, Heerema and McDermott.

“Hartlepool is as important to us in terms of project delivery and offshore activity as Teesport.”

Hartlepool Borough Council spread the word about the Hartlepool Vision, the plan to re-develop eight key areas of the town. They are the town centre, Jacksons Landing/Trincomalee Wharf and the marina, Church Street, Seaton Carew, the Headland, Wynyard, the Port and Queens Meadow.

Hartlepool Borough Council economic development manager Israr Hussain said: “We are here to promote Hartlepool in general as a destination for setting up your business, but in this case, with The Vision being launched and the master plan going on, we thought it would be apt to get a bit of promotion. We need to make sure that we still get the message to businesses that are looking to invest.”

A strong delegation was there from chartered accountants Waltons Clark Whitehill, including directors Graeme Surtees and Paul Harrison, and consultant Brian Beaumont.

Mr Surtees said: “We are here to put it about that we are open for business and to look out for new clients. The fact that we have come back to another year’s Tees Valley Business Summit shows how important it is, particularly with us being in Hartlepool and most of our clients being in the Tees Valley.” The company offers business advice as well as chartered accountancy.

Web development firm M Media Design’s Chris White said: “We are looking to make a few connections and do some networking. Hopefully, there are companies we can talk to about networking.”

Back again was the solicitors firm Tilly Bailey & Irvine. Solicitor Sara Garnett said the firm was raising awareness at a time when there were changes in law over debt recovery, fixed fees and when the firm was highlighting employment law.