A BUSINESS support group which helps fledgling firms in Hartlepool has revealed a new senior appointment.
Sarah Thorpe, 35, has joined UK Steel Enterprise, the Tata Steel business-support subsidiary.
She has been appointed as regional executive covering the North. She said she was looking forward to working with firms in the area.
Sarah already has wide expertise in portfolio management, business planning and strategy.
She is also well versed in areas such as start-ups, funding and preparing businesses for investment.
She worked for ten years with the business-support organisation Entrust where her responsibilities included managing European-funded projects and the North East Business Angel Network.
Sarah, a bachelor of Law who studied at Kings College, London, said: “I am delighted to be joining UK Steel Enterprise.
“The role is such a good fit with my experience and gives me a great opportunity to work with a wide variety of businesses. UKSE supports companies from numerous sectors with investments that can range from a few thousand pounds to help someone get a business started right up to equity and loan packages of £750,000 for major projects.
“There are viable businesses in this region with real potential to grow, create jobs and make a major contribution to the economy of our steel areas and of the region as a whole.
“I have heard a lot about the way UKSE works and I feel fortunate to be part of the team.”
UK Steel Enterprise area manager Peter Taylor said: “I know that businesses in our steel areas are going to benefit a lot from the skills and experience that Sarah is bringing to UKSE. Her appointment is another example of our aim to put something back into areas affected by changes in the steel industry.”