THE town’s MP met with representatives of local businesses as a social networking initiative continues to go from strength to strength.
Hartlepool Hour was launched on Twitter in December, giving businesses and individuals in the town the chance to forge links in three hourly slots.
The success of Hartlepool Hour has exceeded the expectations of its founders Lucy Pattison, of business therapy firm JCSP, and Heidi Readman-Ahmed, from cosmetics and beauty gift shop Make Scents.
But as well as giving business the chance to build relationships online, Lucy and Heidi have also organised “Tweet-ups” – a gathering of all of those who are helping to play a part in the initiative’s success. The most recent Tweet-up was held at the Fishermans Arms, on the Headland, yesterday and MP Iain Wright joined those who regularly play a part in the hourly slot on the social networking site.
Mr Wright said: “Hartlepool Hour is a really strong initiative and is doing a fantastic job of showcasing businesses in the town. The great thing about Hartlepool Hour is it wasn’t launched by an agency, it is a bottom-up initiative and businesses are seeing the advantages of collaborating with other businesses in the town.”
Hartlepool Hour runs from 3pm-4pm on Tuesdays, 7pm-8pm on Wednesdays and 6pm-7pm on Sundays and people can get involved by using the hashtag #hartlepoolhour
Lucy, 38, said: “The Tweet-ups are great because it’s a chance to move away from the office and meeting up with other businesses and coming up with ideas on how businesses can help each other in the town.”