Hartlepool community organisations to benefit from technology funding

Flashback to January last year when Northgate Public Services opened its Regional Business Centre in the town.

Flashback to January last year when Northgate Public Services opened its Regional Business Centre in the town.

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Several organisations in Hartlepool are to benefit from a technology grant scheme, thanks to one of the town’s biggest employers and Hartlepool Borough Council.

The Northgate Public Services (NPS) Community Fund was launched last year as part of the company’s partnership with the council to provide IT services over a seven-year period.

Under the NPS Community Fund, £40,000 is set aside every year to enhance people’s IT and computer skills within the local community.

Each year £10,000 from the fund is allocated to match-fund the Gus Robinson Foundation – a fund set up to support high performing students and young entrepreneurs – with the remaining £30,000 made available to local community groups and organisations.

The Grants awarded for 2015 are Southbrooke Community Project (£4,368), Hartlepool NDC Trust (£5,000), Citizens Advice Bureau (£5,000), Incontrol-Able (£4,800), The Federation of St Peter’s Elwick and Hart Primary Schools (£5,000), 9th Hartlepool Scout Group (£2,200) and Owton Fens Community Association (£3,860).

Anthony Singleton, executive director for services at Northgate Public Services, said: “This fund is a great way for us to help build the community that’s given us a home in Hartlepool.

“Assisting people grow their IT skills, helping schools, and giving funds to great organisations like the Citizens Advice Bureau – these are all ways for Northgate Public Services to play an even greater role in the community that’s welcomed us.

“Since NPS established its Regional Business Centre in Hartlepool just over 18 months ago, the company has gone from strength to strength, and we want to play our part to help local people improve their technology skills.”

NPS now has a workforce of over 250 at their Northgate House headquarters which lies within the Church Street Innovation & Skills Quarter.

Also, it’s estimated that almost £3m will be ploughed into the local economy during NPS’s seven-year agreement with the Council.

Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher, the leader of the council, said: “We got some great feedback from those who received grants last year and I am really pleased that several organisations from the Hartlepool community have applied this year and been successful.

“The NPS Community Fund is one of the many spin-offs of having one of the country’s leading IT and computer service providers located in Hartlepool.”

For more details of the NPS Community Fund, contact Kirsty Swanson at the council on 01429 523003 or email kirsty.swanson@hartlepool.gov.uk