New hub will provide a boost to town businesses

The launch of the Creative Hub at Hartlepool Enterprise Centre.
The launch of the Creative Hub at Hartlepool Enterprise Centre.

A new initiative has been launched aimed specifically at creative businesses in Hartlepool.

Launched by Hartlepool Borough Council, in partnership with Cleveland College of Art and Design, the initiative offers individuals the opportunity to develop their creative business idea in a supported environment.

Based at the Hartlepool Enterprise Centre in the town’s Brougham Terrace, the new Creative Hub provides a range of gallery, retail and work space for use by businesses in the town.

Individuals will also benefit from support and advice to help develop their business idea including:

Development of a Business Plan;

Support with financial planning;

Marketing assistance to help promote the business;

Mentoring from existing businesses.

Councillor Kevin Cranney, chair of Hartlepool Borough Council’s Regeneration Services Committee, said: “Technology is advancing at such a rate that creative clusters are now being established away from London and other cities.

“This is a wonderful development for Hartlepool and will ensure creative businesses in the town gain access to the talent and knowledge that they need to thrive. Hartlepool Enterprise Centre provides a range of accommodation and tailored support services for start-up businesses and many former tenants have moved on to their own premises and are enjoying success that simply could not have been achieved without the supporting framework that the centre provides.

“The new Creative Hub at Hartlepool Enterprise Centre is closely linked to our ambition and vision to create a cultural cluster in Church Street linking to the new Cleveland College of Art and Design.”

More information about Hartlepool Enterprise Centre is available by calling (01429) 867677 or emailing enterprisecentre@hartlepool.gov.uk

Church Street is one of eight parts of town identified in the Hartlepool Vision plan to spark regeneration, create jobs and ensure future prosperity for the town.

The Heritage Lottery Fund announced in January the town was set to get £1.2million to help breathe new life into Church Street.

It followed a £5.5million Local Growth Fund allocation from the Tees Valley Local Enterprise Partnership announced last year.

Developments are already under way, such as the new £11m state-of-the-art Cleveland College of Art and Design.

The council announced last week plans for the former General Post Office and Zeus nightclub in Whitby Street, Hartlepool, to be turned into 31 new units for start-ups businesses.