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BUSINESSES across Hartlepool are being urged to apply for a share of a new £4m loan fund.

The second round of the fund through the Growing Places programme has now been launched to help kick start capital projects.

Regeneration agency Tees Valley Unlimited announced the launch with £4m being made available for businesses, private developers and public sector and partner enterprises.

They are urged to apply for the money before the closing date of April 30.

TVU managing director Stephen Catchpole said: “Growing Places loans are available for projects within Tees Valley that can show they will have a positive impact on the local economy.

“This could be anything from buying, constructing or enhancing an existing building that would then house a business and support jobs; to developing an area of land to prepare it for further investment.”

The Growing Places application form can be downloaded from the Tees Valley Unlimited website alongside guidelines and frequently asked questions.

More information is also available on (01642) 524424.