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FIRMS from Hartlepool welcomed the chance to raise their profile at the Tees Valley Business Summit.

Law firms and recycling companies were among those represented at the Hartlepool Mail-backed seven-hour gathering. Each praised the way the event had grown in size and stature from last year.

Tilly Bailey and Irvine solicitors had strong representation. Company partner Alison Leith said: “It is a great opportunity for businesses from the Tees Valley to get together and share expertise and experience.

“It is surprising how well attended this is. We have got an interaction which we would not have had otherwise.”

The company’s marketing representative at the summit David Laud said: “This was a good opportunity for us to interact with local businesses. If people want to grow their business, we can help them do that.

“It is important for us to communicate.”

Paul Killick, the business development executive from fellow town firm J&B Recycling, said: “Our aim is to help people achieve zero to landfill with their business and to help them with their recycling requirements.”

He said J&B was more than just a Hartlepool company and added: “We are here to help everyone from Newcastle to Saltburn.”

Firms and organisations with a Hartlepool and County Durham link were out in force at the summit. Tees Valley Unlimited, who organised the event, had their own stand with representatives including inward investment manager Richard Hunter and business and investment planning manager Heather Heward there.

Other firms which took up stands included Waltons Clark Whitehill, the North East Process Industry Cluster, the Federation of Small Businesses, East Durham College, and Hartlepool Borough Council.