Come and join the great 80 young companies working out of innovation centres

The Hartlepool Mail has launched a fantastic competition for a business to win free office accommodation for a year at the Innovation Centre. Pictured is Peter Taylor, area manager for UK Steel Enterprise.
The Hartlepool Mail has launched a fantastic competition for a business to win free office accommodation for a year at the Innovation Centre. Pictured is Peter Taylor, area manager for UK Steel Enterprise.

EIGHTY exciting young companies are already operating out of innovation centres run by a business support group in the Tees Valley.

And it could grow by one more when the winner of our Keys To Success competition, run in association with UK Steel Enterprise is chosen.

UKSE centres now house around 80 of Tees Valley’s most exciting young businesses in engineering, marketing, energy, IT, construction, printing, finance and photography.

One lucky entrepreneur is being given the chance to base their business in Hub Two at Hartlepool’s Innovation Centre, on the Queens Meadow Business Park, free for a year.

UK Steel Enterprise, the Tata Steel subsidiary that supports businesses in steel areas with finance and premises, has joined up with the Hartlepool Mail to launch Keys to Success.

The winner can move straight into a 200 sq ft office, spacious enough to accommodate three people. It is already furnished with office desks, chairs and accessories and the lucky winner will pay no rent, rates, lighting or heating bills for 12 months.

All the facilities of the multi-million pound centre from well equipped meeting rooms, one of the highest broadband speeds in the region at 100 Mbps, 24 hour access, high security, free parking, a manned reception area, air conditioning, a fitness centre and landscaped grounds will be on tap for the new tenant.

UK Steel Enterprise is a pioneer in the provision of managed business premises. Hub Two’s green credentials include intelligent lighting, more than 180 solar heating panels, a water system that re-uses collected rainwater and a charger for electric vehicles.

Peter Taylor, UKSE area manager, said: “We know there are people out there with great ideas for a new business or who are running a business that now needs bigger and better accommodation and they would benefit hugely from this opportunity.

“We want to help a business that we think has the most potential to grow and create jobs for the town and the region. Our rates are very competitive for the facilities we offer but, even so, this win will save a business thousands of pounds and give it a flying start.”

For more details about Keys to Success, visit the Hartlepool Mail website at www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk.

Entries should be sent to chris.cordner@jpress.co.uk.