Hartlepool is home to fantastic a variety of coastal-related and specialist industries.


Hartlepool has a long history of industry, particularly those which have relied on the accessibility of the North Sea. Though the key industries in Hartlepool have evolved or changed over time, the town still benefits from its coastal location. PD Ports at Hartlepool Dock manages logistical operations, such as chartering, customs clearance, shipping services, and warehousing. Able UK at Able Seaton Port specialises in the decommissioning of ships and offshore installations, such as oil platforms. Both of these ports are included in the new Teesside Freeport.

As well as the ports, the regional fish supplier Hodgson Fish operates from the Headland fish quay. Hodgson Fish is supplied by the independent local fishing boats, and distributes fish across the North East.

Production and Processing

Omya and Venator specialise in the production of chemical colours and pigments, while Frutarom produces chemical flavouring and fragrance across the globe.

Hartlepool is also home to Exwold Technology Ltd, a chemical processing organisation specialising in crop protection.

Furthermore J&B Recycling are a well-known waste management service, specialising in the collection and processing of recyclable waste and the safe disposal of hazardous material.


In addition to local coastal industries, Hartlepool is home to thriving businesses in a range of business in the manufacturing, production, and processing industries.

Organisations such as Coveris, TMD Friction, Unitised Fabrications Ltd., and Bridgeman IBC lead the local manufacturing industry, with JDR Cables, Merlin Flex, and TT Electronics combining manufacturing with technology.

TATA Steel and Liberty Steel are major players in the local steel industry, paving the way for UK Steel Enterprise (UKSE) to provide business support in the area, through the Hartlepool Innovation Centre.

In addition, Hart Biologicals specialise in the research, development, and manufacturing of medical equipment, predominantly for haematology.


There are a range of different utilities businesses operating from Hartlepool; Hartlepool Power Station is currently owned by the well-known energy supplier, EDF Energy, and Hartlepool Water (owned by Anglian Water) is the UK’s largest water supplier, by the area covered. Hyrdrochem Group, based on Greythorp Industrial estate, specialise in water treatment for both domestic and commercial clients, in local, national and global markets.

Visitor Economy

Hartlepool is home to a rich variety of hospitality venues, with new independent businesses opening regularly in key locations such as the town centre and Hartlepool Marina. The hospitality sector is also growing at the seaside resort of Seaton Carew, with additional bars, restaurants, and beach huts to let.

There is a range of visitor attractions in the town, such as The North East’s largest independent brewing company, Cameron’s Brewery, which is open for tours, and the National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool. Visitors can also explore the town’s history at the The Museum of Hartlepool, or at the Heugh Battery Museum on the Historic Headland, Hartlepool Art Gallery completing this cultural experience.

Hartlepool has recently been thrown into the national spotlight as the local professional football team, Hartlepool United F.C., have been promoted to EFL League Two.

For those who prefer to explore the great outdoors, Hartlepool is home to rugged coastline and sandy beaches, as well as destinations such as Summerhill Country Park, and the RSPB’s nature reserve at  Saltholme.


There is a broad range of businesses providing educational opportunities in Hartlepool. As well a range of Sixth Form colleges, students can study for qualifications at Level 3, as well as access to higher education and foundation degree courses, at Hartlepool College of Further Education or the Northern School of Art.

The local engineering organisation, Seymour Civil Engineers, runs a Skills Academy from their well equipped, eleven acre, real-life construction site environment. Orangebox Training Solutions are a local training provider, offering a range of courses that can be used both in and away from the workplace, such as food safety, first aid, management trainging, and customer services. 

Film and TV

The North East region has long provided stunning, on-location backdrops for both film and TV, and now Hartlepool itself is experiencing growing interest as a filming location. Hartlepool has welcomed productions including ITV’s popular detective series Vera, historical dramas Victoria and Gentlemen Jack, and the four-part ITV drama series The Thief, His Wife and The Canoe.  Popular locations include The National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool, Seaton Carew and The Headland.

A major catalyst in growing Hartlepool’s screen industry sector is the recent launch of The Northern Film and TV Studios, the North East’s only large-scale television and film complex. The studios, which provide dry hire studio and green screen facilities to the screen industry, offer excellent opportunities for Hartlepool businesses interested in servicing the film and tv industry.   

Further developing and championing the growth of the industry across the North East is North East Screen, the regional screen agency, who have a Hartlepool based office in The BIS on Whitby Street.

If you would like to get in touch with the team for further information please contact the team:

Email: business.support@hartlepool.gov.uk 

Telephone: (01429) 867677

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