Exciting times ahead

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EXCITING times lie ahead for Hartlepool as it bids to build on its strong business ethic.

The message came from the town’s ceremonial Mayor Coun Stephen Akers-Belcher who was speaking at the launch of the Hartlepooll Mail-backed Business Awards.

He said: “We need to bring people into our town. We are in exciting times.”

He highlighted how the council had bought Jacksons Landing and was looking to develop the area. He added: “It gives a clear indication of how we should be working hard to ensure we bring more people in.

“Hartlepool Borough Council has a history of working with businesses in the town, back to the 1970s when we started to see areas set up to accommodate small businesses.”

He was one of numerous people to back the business awards which is now open for entries. Speakers also included Hartlepool MP Iain Wright and awards co-ordinator Andrew Steel who said the awards night would be a huge miss if it were not held.

The grand finale will be the awards night at the Borough Hall on Thursday, May 15.

There are 10 categories to compete for, each carrying a prize worth £1,000, and the ultimate accolade of Hartlepool Business of the Year which this year carries a £2,000 prize.

Tickets for the event are £35 per person if bought before April and £40 after.

Anyone wanting more details and application forms, should visit the Hartlepool Business Forum website at http://hartlepoolbusinessforum.co.uk/