A number of Business Forums and Networking Groups actively operate in Hartlepool.

The groups provide an opportunity to influence local, regional and national key decision-makers on any aspect of business, be it legislation or policy development.

Hartlepool Economic & Business Forum

The Hartlepool Economic & Business Forum aims to link local businesses together, for more information on Hartlepool Business Awards and quarterly networking events please click here.  

The Forum is open to all active businesses and business groups within the Borough. To ensure you are invited to forum events please sign up for our business mailing list here

The Longhill & Sandgate Business Association (LSBA)

The Longhill & Sandgate Business Association (LSBA) is open to all businesses located in the Longhill and Sandgate Industrial Estates area. An elected Executive Group meets regularly to drive the Association forward, agree agenda items and discuss ongoing projects.

Please click here to view the dedicated webpage for the Longhill & Sandgate BID. 

North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC)

The North East Chamber of Commerce exists to serve its members’ interests across the North East and is one of the largest Chambers of Commerce in the UK. NECC offers a comprehensive range of business services, products and expert training, all aimed at helping you realise your business’ potential.

As well as having the potential to influence Government, the role of the Chamber is to inform, increase a company’s prospects through increased knowledge and skill enhancing and improve the efficiency of businesses throughout the North East.

For further information, contact NECC

Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is a non-profit making, campaigning pressure group with the aim of promoting and protecting the interests of its members.

With nearly 200,000 members, it is the largest pressure group in the UK. The organisation campaigns on behalf of the self-employed and small business owners covering issues ranging from bank charges and interest to corporation tax and pension requirements. The group has the ability to influence government at a national and regional level by various means. It also offers its members support and assistance 24 hours a day.

For further information, contact the FSB

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