Hartlepool small business group joins NEvolution campaign

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A GROUP representing Hartlepool’s small businesses has joined the NEvolution campaign.

Officials within the town branch of the Federation of Small Businesses today told the Hartlepool Mail: “If we are needed for anything to do with this, we are behind it and we are ready to step up.”

NEvolution is a regionwide campaign to get Whitehall to devolve more powers to the region.

The latest support came from Pam Hargreaves, the FSB branch chairman. She said: “We have a history in this town of being creative and entrepreneurial and if we have more resources to utilise and exercise that creativity, we would flourish.”

NEvolution will call for the North-East to be granted extra responsibilities in skills, transport, and funding.

The campaign, backed by newspapers across the region, presents a united voice that makes the case for economic investment in the North-East. It is hoped that the campaign will help shape announcements made in the Chancellor’s Spending Review, on June 26.

We want the Spending Review to take up the points recommended in the Heseltine Report, published in November.

Lord Heseltine was asked to look into ways of improving the economies of English cities. He recommended devolving power to the English regions. His report, called No Stone Unturned, also advised that a single local growth fund to deal with housing, skills and transport should be set up.

His ideas were largely praised by the Chancellor and the Government announced it would largely accept the report.

Pam added: “Hartlepool has a tradition of doing well and the FSB is trying to do the best for the North East and the best for Hartlepool.

“If we can help town businesses to flourish, and if we can have more devolved power to make decisions at a local level, then we are all for that. WE are proud to support NEvolution.”

Meanwhile, more comments of support have arrived for the campaign via social media.

Hartlepool firm Make Scents tweeted: “FAB Idea! Great for local business!”

We have already had support from five other town businesses in the world of designer lingerie, hairdressing, recycling, holistic therapies, and investigations into blood disorders.