Submit your views on the draft of Hartlepool's new Inclusive Growth Strategy

Following consultation with businesses and stakeholders earlier in the year, a draft Inclusive Growth Strategy has been published to set out Hartlepool’s economic priorities and growth in the coming years.

Various businesses and organisations have contributed to the development of the strategy through interviews, a survey and discussions at the Economic Regeneration and Tourism Forum.

The strategy has been developed by Hartlepool Borough Council’s Economic Growth Team, with the support of north east based consulting firm, Economic Research Limited.

The strategy replaces and builds on the progress made with the previous 2019 – 2021 Economic Growth Strategy.

The draft document draws on data and economic insights to understand the current health of Hartlepool’s economy relating to areas such as business survival rates, employment, education, skills and productivity.

The strategy is focused around three themes – developing people; developing business; and developing place.

As part of the strategy, a ten point delivery plan has been developed – outlined below:

  1. Development of a ‘Production Village’ creative quarter in in the surrounding area of the new Film and TV Studios
  2. An action plan to support creative sector businesses
  3. A targeted support strategy for Hartlepool businesses
  4. Development of sites and premises for business accommodation
  5. Learning and skills initiatives
  6. Raising the confidence and aspirations of young people
  7. Supporting and developing social enterprises
  8. Supporting healthy workforces
  9. Developing a vision and place brand for Hartlepool
  10. Strengthening the town’s tourism offer

In addition to the strategy, an action plan has been developed providing further details the specific projects and initiatives that will deliver the ten point plan. A full version of the draft strategy and action plan can be read below.

Hartlepool Borough Council are welcoming feedback from businesses and stakeholders before the strategy is finalised. Those wishing to comment can email business.support@hartlepool.gov.uk by Friday 5th August.