More jobs joy for Enterprise Zone
THERE S more jobs joy for Hartlepool this week after advanced engineering company Applus RTD UK Ltd announced plans to double its workforce.
The company – which specialises in inspection and testing solutions for the oil, gas and power sectors – recently moved in to new 4,500 sq ft premises at the town’s Queens Meadow Business Park – one of 12 Enterprise Zones in the Tees Valley.
The move into the new Rivergreen Business Centre unit at Queens Meadow will enable the company to expand as it aims to increase its workforce at its Hartlepool site from 11 to 24.
It brings the total number of jobs being created at Queens Meadow to almost 200 since it was granted Enterprise Zone status in 2013.
Applus employ over 300 people in total throughout the UK with operations also in Falkirk, Aberdeen and Great Yarmouth.
Stuart Gilfillan, Manager of the Hartlepool operation, said: “When we were looking for bigger premises to expand the business in the North-East, Queens Meadow ticked all the boxes for us.
“The Rivergreen units at Queens Meadow are modern, there is plenty of car parking, there is easy access to the A19 and of course we are entitled to the Enterprise Zone incentives which will help us to grow the business during challenging economic times.”
Queens Meadow Business Park is one of eight key sites identified in the Hartlepool Vision – Hartlepool Council’s radical new blueprint to spark regeneration, create jobs and ensure the future prosperity for the town.
Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher, the Leader of Hartlepool Borough Council, commented: “This is excellent news and a further boost for Queens Meadow Business Park which is really thriving at the moment.
“The Enterprise Zones offer tremendous incentives to companies and I’m delighted that Applus RTD Ltd UK has chosen Hartlepool to expand its North-East presence and create vital new jobs in the process.”
Neil Kenly, Director of Business Investment at Tees Valley Unlimited, the local Enterprise Partnership for Tees Valley, added: “Queens Meadow is a key piece of the jigsaw to improve the economy in Tees Valley and it is very pleasing to see that Applus has joined the many other companies who are benefiting from the Enterprise Zone framework.”
Peter Candler, Managing Director of Rivergreen Developments plc, who owns the unit occupied by Applus, commented: “We are delighted to add Applus to our growing list of clients.
“The Rivergreen Business Centre at Queens Meadow was conceived as a high quality development that would provide first class workspace for ambitious and forward thinking companies and Applus fits this profile perfectly.”
Simon Parsons, Station Director at Hartlepool Power Station, performed the official opening and praised Applus for its high level of service and professionalism and complemented the company for investing in Hartlepool and the North-East.
A 3m Government project to provide 2,000 sq m of new business workshop space also recently got under way at Queens Meadow.
For further information about Enterprise Zones, contact Hartlepool Council on 01429 523503.
Picture Caption – EDF Energy’s Simon Parsons (right), Station Director of Hartlepool Power Station is pictured with Stuart Gilfillan, Teesside Base Manager of Applus RTD UK Ltd
Press release PR16421.
15 May 2015.
Issued by Alastair Rae, Public Relations Manager, on 01429 523510.
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