Signs of economic recovery are encouraging in Hartlepool

ENCOURAGING SIGNS: Stephen Catchpole of Tees Valley Unlimited.
ENCOURAGING SIGNS: Stephen Catchpole of Tees Valley Unlimited.
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HARTLEPOOL has once again led the way with job creation in the Tees Valley.

The latest economic briefing, covering the area’s performance in April, has been unveiled by the local enterprise partnership Tees Valley Unlimited. It shows a “broadly positive employment picture” which has continued throughout the first few months of the year.

Since peaking in early 2013, the fall in Tees Valley claimant rate over the past two years has been greater than that observed both regionally and nationally.

A spokesman for TVU said: “The local claimant unemployment was down 0.1 per cent on February. Since peaking in early 2013, the fall in Tees Valley claimant rate over the past two years has been greater than that observed both regionally and nationally.”

Jobs gains have come via some recent announcements in the area. They include town water treatment firm Hydrochem taking on four new members of staff after expanding its premises and securing a number of new contracts.

The business specialises in inspecting water systems, diagnosing problems and then supplying solutions for boilers, heaters, air conditioning units, pipeworks and other water-based equipment as well as the likes of swimming pools and spas.

Utility Alliance is planning to create up to 50 new jobs, including 16 apprentices over the next 18 months. The firm, based at the town’s Queens Meadow Business Park, helps businesses look at their energy use, offering support to cut bills by finding the best tariffs.

TVU, which is spearheaded by managing director Stephen Catchpole, pictured, also highlighted other jobs boosts in Hartlepool.

Durable Technologies, based at the Innovation Centre, has received a £100,000 equity and loan investment from UK Steel Enterprise to manufacture in-house. The workforce is expected to double to twelve over the next year.

Durable designs lighting control systems for use in large buildings from offices and colleges to hospitals.

J&B Recycling has won a three year contract with Sunderland City Council, leading to three new jobs and will result in an estimated 20,000 tonnes of recyclable material being processed each year.

And Fast Track Reclaim has created 100 new jobs as part of its ongoing expansion. The firm is offering administration, customer service, sales advisor and collections agent roles across its Billingham and Thornaby sites.