REGENERATION chiefs have revealed plans to step up their battle to bring jobs to Hartlepool in 2013.
Tees Valley Unlimited, the Local Enterprise Partnership for the area, have issued a Statement of Intent which includes:
l Planning more bids for funding to develop the offshore wind sector - with Hartlepool already trying to become an international hub;
l Advancing the bid for a Tees Valley City Deal to attract further investment.
l Bringing in the Tees Valley Rail Network Project;
l Trying to persuade big businesses to come into the area’s Enterprise Zones, including those in Hartlepool. They will do it by highlighting the different incentives available to businesses who move in.
TVU managing director Stephen Catchpole said: “We know it will not be easy but integral to shaping a new economic landscape in Tees Valley is working with a wide range of partners.
“In 2013 we will continue to engage with potential investors, key stakeholders and those at the heart of Government to update them on our progress and also make sure that as many opportunities as possible are created within the Tees Valley area.
“I believe we can look back over 2012 with satisfaction having established firm foundations for a brighter economic future.”
They key to the future, said Mr Catchpole, was “developing essential building blocks.”
He said the Tees Valley had enjoyed success in clinching funds from the Regional Growth Fund, and added: “The popularity of the Tees Valley Enterprise Zone and significant achievement in securing Government funding enables us to look forward to the coming months with optimism as our plans gather even more pace.”
TVU’s list of priorities also includes bidding for funds under the Growing Places Funds to kick start projects by developing infrastructure and unlocking economic growth.
TVU chiefs will also hold talks with company bosses across the Tees Valley to make more apprenticeships available.
They will also help local firms to develop green schemes such as Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS).
And they will complete studies which look at ways in which housing and regeneration schemes can be carried out through collaboration projects.
Mr Catchpole added: “We will start this year as we finished the last - dedicated and committed to delivering our partnership Business Plan.
“It will be a year of challenges but equally one of opportunity and we will continue to strive to make a real and positive difference to the Tees Valley economy.”