A new face is helping to handle an influx of new businesses at a Hartlepool innovation centre.
Paula Addison has joined the UK Steel Enterprise team based at the Innovation Centre on Hartlepool’s Queens Meadow Business Park.
Our administrators are vital to the smooth operation of our centres and Paula was a stand-out candidate with impressive experience.Peter Taylor, UK Steel Enterprise
Paula is now one of the administrators responsible for the day-to-day running of the flagship centre that houses more than 50 young businesses operating in sectors from training, construction, lighting, energy and finance to IT, design and films.
She can expect to be kept busy as five new tenants have arrived in the past three months alone as demand grows for office and workshop space.
This is an important year for the centre which celebrates its tenth birthday.
Paula, who lives in Greatham with her husband Joe and two year old daughter Keswick, has wide experience. She has worked as an administrator, receptionist and personal assistant.
She has worked in the North East, London and in Australia with companies involved in recruitment, IT, interior and kitchen design, sports nutrition, offshore industry and water treatment.
She said: “It’s proving to be a steep learning curve but is extremely varied and interesting with companies from so many different sectors based here.”
Peter Taylor, area manager for UK Steel Enterprise, said: “Our administrators are vital to the smooth operation of our centres and Paula was a stand-out candidate with impressive experience.”
Some of the companies and organisations to have recently arrived at the Innovation Centre include Miles for Men, Blakelock Support Services, Clarity Wellbeing, Begbies Traynor and the specialist UK brick merchant E T Clay.
Mr Taylor added: “The buildings, facilities and services are all designed specifically to help youngbusinesses grow and to take the running of their office or workshop premises off their shoulders.
“We are seeing an increase in demand for premises and that’s a good sign for the town and the region. The fact that we provide one of the fastest broadband speeds in the area at 100 Mbps is proving a real attraction for businesses who need high speeds, high data allowance and download capabilities to help them grow and compete in today’s global marketplace.”