We’re leading the fightback – positive jobs news in Hartlepool

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HARTLEPOOL is leading the way in helping the Tees Valley to fight back from recession.

Most of the positive jobs boosts in September were in our town. That’s according to the latest Tees Valley Unlimited economic briefing.

A spokesman said: “The month was notable for a number of smaller job announcements across a wide range of sectors. For example, in manufacturing, electronics firm Stadium Group announced an increase of 55 jobs.”

The Hartlepool firm boosted its workforce to 165 people after a company restructure which saw the firm’s Rugby site close.

It relocated equipment to the Brenda Road electronic manufacturing division, making products such as meters and electronic boxes for shops. There are plans to make the Brenda Road site a European Centre of Excellence.

Elsewhere in town, 16 jobs were created and safeguarded at Hartlepool’s new Iceland store.

And JDR, the Hartlepool subsea cable company, has won a major contract to design and manufacture five subsea power and communication cables for Petrofac, one of the world’s leading oilfield service companies. The work is being carried out as part of a major Abu Dhabi oil project, as reported in the Hartlepool Mail.

A TVU spokesman said: “Encouragingly, both manufacturing and service sectors have seen some employment increase during the month.

“And whilst job growth has been lower in the Tees Valley than in some other parts of England, surveys such as Manpower’s Employment Outlook indicate that employers in the region have some of the most positive hiring plans in the country for the final quarter of 2013.”