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Published Wednesday, 6th June 2018

BUSINESSES of all sizes across Hartlepool are being urged to play a part in helping to develop a more enterprising, vigorous and diverse local economy.

It is hoped they will buy into Hartlepool Borough Council’s regeneration plans for the town by attending the first meeting of the Hartlepool Economic Regeneration and Tourism Forum on June 19 at Hartlepool College of Further Education.

The new Forum, a refreshed version of the former Hartlepool Economic Regeneration Forum which comprised representatives of a range of organisations working for the betterment of the town, is open to all businesses whatever their size and other stakeholders. It will meet four times a year.

Councillor Kevin Cranney, Chair of Hartlepool Borough Council’s Regeneration Services Committee, said: “The Council has ambitious plans for the future of the town and local businesses and organisations have a vital role to play in helping us to generate investment, jobs and prosperity.

“The new Forum will enable us to have a conversation with the local business community and to explain how they can support our plans, and it will also be an opportunity for us to get feedback from them on their priorities and to explore any issues they may be facing.”

The Forum’s first meeting will take a “Business Breakfast” format and those wishing to attend are being asked to register their interest by June 13 by emailing or telephoning Hartlepool Borough Council’s Economic Regeneration Team on (01429) 867677.

Delegates should arrive at 8am for an 8.30am start and the event is scheduled to finish at 9.30am.

Councillor Cranney and Denise Ogden, the Council’s Director of Regeneration and Neighbourhoods, will address the meeting and there will also be a question and answer session.