Hartlepool leads the way in jobs growth

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HARTLEPOOL is once again leading the way when it comes to creating growth and new employment for the Tees Valley.

The latest economic briefing has been released by the local enterprise partnership Tees Valley Unlimited. Each month, it looks at economic trends for the area.

The report for September shows that it was Hartlepool firm Camerons Brewery which led the way.

Twelve new posts will be created and another three safeguarded at Camerons which is planning a beer bottling line capable of packaging up to 10,000 bottles per hour.

Bosses say the investment was possible thanks to a £150,000 boost from the Tees Valley Business Compass scheme, led by Tees Valley Unlimited.

Also in town, recruitment firm Adept Professional Services has secured funding from the Finance for Business North East Accelerator Fund. The company’s £100,000 investment will create 19 jobs.

Nearby, energy-from-waste firm SITA UK is creating around 30 new jobs that will in addition help support hundreds of construction posts. The company is increasing the size of its Billingham plant and has been given the go ahead to add a sixth production line to boost capacity.

A TVU spokesman said: “In a mixed month for job announcements, the balance of news was positive with both services and manufacturing seeing job creation.”

TVU bosses say September saw increased economic activity but the spokesman added: “Whilst there were more job losses than recently, these were almost all due to the likely closure of the Esco Foundry at Guisborough.”