New-look group is a forum for growth

Andrew Steel
Andrew Steel

SIX leading lights in the new-look Hartlepool Business Forum have revealed their vision for the future.

A steering group has been set up to lead the way forward for the group which organises networking and showcase events for the business community in the town.

Its new co-ordinator is Andrew Steel who said: “We shall have three or four significant events per year with one based around finance in the new year, on a date to be set.”

All of them will be held in partnership with town organisations such as Hartlepool Borough Council and the Federation of Small Businesses.

Mr Steel said further events based around apprenticeships would be held an the Forum’s new calendar season would culminate with the Hartlepool Business Awards at the Borough Hall next May.

Mr Steel added: “We want to keep the forum and the awards going with a completely new and revamped website.”

The group behind the new-look forum is;

Andrew Steel.

An MBA post graduate from Newcastle University. After working in industry for several years he took up a lecturing role at Hartlepool College of Further EDucation in 1990. Andrew is now the assistant principal at the college and has specific responsibility for employer/stakeholder liaison.

Pamela Hargreaves.

A Law and Politics graduate, the founder of Xivvi Ltd (a creative design agency), chair of the Hartlepool Branch of the Federation of Small Businesses, and a councillor in Hartlepool since 2003.

She is also the co-founder of the Women What Do women’s business network and chair of Hartlepool Families First.

Brian Beaumont.

Brian is a business development specialist, and former partner, with Waltons Clark Whitehill, a national firm of chartered accountants. After a long career in industry and commerce he has spent the last 20 years working with businesses.

He is Past President of the Chamber of Commerce, sits on the NECC Tees Valley Committee, and was a founding chairman of the Hartlepool Economic Forum.

Joy Yates.

The editor of the Hartlepool Mail, Shields Gazette, the weekly Peterlee Star publication as well as their websites and table apps. .

She is also the Editorial Director of Johnston Press North East Publishing Unit. Joy is a member of the Accreditation Board of the National Council for the Training of Journalists, which has delivered quality journalism training since 1951. She is an English graduate, a trained Keep Fit Association teacher and a former chair of the North East branch of the Society of Editors.

Sarah Ainslie.

Sarah has been a passionate supporter of small business and enterprise matters for over 15 years. She was formerly the Federation of Small Businesses’ North East Policy Manager, holds a Master of Arts in Regional Development and is Business Development Executive at Amacus Ltd.

She is also Director of Pical CIC, a public affairs community interest company.

Israr Hussain.

An economic development officer working in Hartlepool Borough Council’s economic regeneration section.

He has a background in business and has over 10 years experience working with businesses of all sizes from the micro enterprise through to large multinationals.

Mr Steel added: “Brian is former a financial background, Joy has the media experience, I am involved in training and education. Sarah works with small businesses and Pam has links with business and business management. Israr works with economic development. It is a broad range and it is an enthusiastic group of people.”

Anyone wanting to find out more about the Forum should visit its website at or through its Twitter address at and its Facebook page at