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PROFESSIONALS in Hartlepool have shown strong support for this year’s Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyoys North-East Renaissance Awards.

And they will be hoping to emulate the £7m Saltholme reserve which won the Project of the Year accolade last year as well as being commended at a national level.

A record number of 80 entries – including Hartlepool’s own Laureate Close and Space to Learn – have been received for this year’s event.

David Furniss, head of the RICS North East Renaissance Awards’ said: “All of the 80 entries are of a high standard and are testament to the excellent work that has been completed in our region despite the uncertain economic climate.”

Entries have been submitted from across all areas of the region with nominations ranging from small-scale schemes, through to multi-million pound developments.

They are split into eight categories – Commercial, Residential, Design & Innovation, Regeneration, Sustainability, Community Benefit, Tourism & Leisure and Building Conservation.

Tickets for the awards - to be held on April 15 at Newcastle Civic Centre – are available by visiting www.rics.org/northeast, contacting Events Co-ordinator Sue Doberman on (0191) 2210359, or emailing sdoberman@rics.org

l BUSINESS people still have time to register for two forums in Hartlepool.

The next meeting of the Hartlepool Business Forum will be held tomorrow from 5.15pm at the Sir William Gray Suite within Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience.

The meeting is entitled Show Me The Money and will include talks by Jonathan Gold, chief executive of Finance Tree, Jim Walker, operations manager with Business Link, Brian Beaumont, a business development specialist, and Chris Watt, the Barclays business manager in Hartlepool.

The event will start with a buffet and a chance for people to network. The talks will follow from 6pm before more networking at around 7.30pm.

Anyone wanting to attend should contact Hartlepool Enterprise Centre on (01429) 867677, fax (01429) 264304, or email enterprisecentre@hartlepool.gov.uk

The first meeting of the Mussel Club in Hartlepool takes place at Krimo’s restaurant on Hartlepool Marina from 6pm on Wednesday, March 23.

Others wanting to join the club can visit www.themusselclub.com to find out more. More details are also available from (0191) 5163100.