Civic leaders and business bosses have heaped praise on Hartlepool Borough Council staff at an annual awards ceremony in the town.
Around 450 staff representing the full spectrum of council services attended the authority’s Celebrating Achievement event held at the Borough Hall.
Speaking at the ceremony, Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher, the Leader of Hartlepool Council, said: “Staff are the cornerstone of this council and the continuous achievements in often challenging circumstances never cease to amaze me.
“This makes me immensely proud to be Leader of Hartlepool Borough Council and I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you.”
He went on to praise the numerous sponsors for supporting the event which meant that there was no cost to the council or local taxpayers.
“The support from businesses has been superb once again and without their support we simply wouldn’t be here tonight,” he added.
The main sponsor was Northgate Public Services (NPS), the council’s ICT partner and a provider of a vast range of professional back-office services to clients all over the UK from their Regional Business Centre in the town.
Category sponsors included Gus Robinson Developments, Wynyard Park, Smith & Graham Solicitors, Ward Hadaway, Hart Biologicals and Atkinson Print.
The Innovation and Improvement Award went to the Horticulture Team for the wildflowers programme which was the talking point throughout the town during the summer months.
David Coulson of Northgate Public Services, which employs over 250 people at their Regional Business Centre off Church Street, added: “Our partnership with the council is growing ever stronger and our commitment to the town can be seen clearly in the growth of our business and the increase in jobs that we are able to provide for local people.
“Our partnership with Hartlepool Borough Council is critical to our success and that is why we feel privileged to be here to help recognise the outstanding staff that the Council has.”
Speaking at the ceremony, Gill Alexander, the council’s chief executive, said: “I am immensely proud to join you all for tonight’s event to celebrate some of the council’s many successes and achievements over the past year.
“Hartlepool is a council that punches well above its weight and consistently performs well, and much of this is down to the commitment, enthusiasm and sheer hard work by staff right across the organisation at all levels.
“I must say that judging the various categories tonight was an almost impossible task so I would like to thank everyone who was nominated for an award because in my eyes you are all winners!”