A number of Business Forums and Networking Groups actively operate in Hartlepool offering many benefits for their members. 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 Regeneration & Tourism Forum
The aim of the Hartlepool Economic Regeneration and Tourism Forum is to "develop a more enterprising, vigorous, and diverse local economy that will attract investment, be globally competitive and create more employment opportunities for local people."
The Forum is open to all active businesses and business groups within the Borough.
Further information about the Economic Regeneration and Tourism Forum can be found on their webpages.
- Hartlepool Business Forum
Hartlepool Business Forum has been in existence for a number of years and provides a programme of events and seminars aimed at addressing key issues faced by the business community culminating in the annual Hartlepool Business Awards ceremony in May.
For more information about current events and the annual Business Awards please visit the Hartlepool Business Forum website.
- 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.
The key objectives of the Business Association are:
An elected Executive Group meets regularly to drive the Association forward, agree agenda items and discuss ongoing projects.
Further information about the LSBA can be found on their webpages.
- to oversee the regeneration of the Longhill/Sandgate Industrial Estate area
- to create a clear identity and improve the perception of the Longhill/Sandgate Industrial Estates area
- to support the development and implementation of business development initiatives
- to promote and communicate the activities of the LSBA
- to support the development of funding applications to achieve the aim and objectives of the LSBA
- to engage businesses into the LSBA and
- to improve security and reduce crime
- North East Chamber of Commerce
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
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
- Women What Do
Women What Do is a business network, based in Hartlepool, which provides an informal place for women involved in business to meet each other, discuss common issues, share ideas and build up a local network of support and contacts.
The group also organise events and activities that focus on providing information from a range of sources and organisations that will help you keep track on the latest approaches, gadgets, legislation and available business support.
For further information contact Women What Do
- ISQ Business Association
- Purpose and functions of the ISQ Business Association
The ISQ Business Association is a newly formed group made up of businesses and key stakeholders in the ISQ area who are committed to promoting the area (as defined in the attached boundary map).
The aim of the Association is to “work collaboratively to improve and promote the economic wellbeing of the area and provide a safe, clean and connected business environment”.
There are three key objectives that will be addressed:
Cleansing, parking, vacant buildings.
Police, CCTV, business security, anti-social behaviour.
Marketing and promotion
Events, communication between businesses, promotion of the area.
1.3 Geographical area of responsibility
The Associations key objectives focus on the defined ISQ area as shown on the attached boundary map.
- Membership of the ISQ Business Association
2.1 The membership of the association will be made up as follows:
- Chair (to be confirmed)
- Vice Chair (to be confirmed)
- Local businesses in the ISQ area.
- Key stakeholders
The businesses and partners named above may change over time as determined by the ISQ Business Association.
2.2. Standards of behaviour
As a member of the ISQ Business Association, whether in meetings or working on behalf of the association, the following guidelines outline what is expected of members.
Accountability: to work openly and honestly and to report back their work the association.
Commitment: to attend meetings, participate in occasional task group meetings and one-off events.
High Quality Debate: to remain focussed and strategic and to contribute positively to discussions and work with other members to achieve consensus and take important decisions.
Honesty and Integrity: to act with honesty, objectivity and integrity in achieving consensus through debate. To respect the confidentiality of the information provided.
Objectivity: to consider what is in the best interests for the common good of the ISQ Business Association and to weigh this along with the interests of their organisation, and themselves when making decisions.
Representative: to effectively reflect the interests of their sector or organisation, to raise areas of concern and contribute their experience and expertise to discussions and decisions to achieve good workable solutions.
Respect for others: to respect and to take into account the views of other members regardless of their gender, race, age, ethnicity, disability, religion, sexual orientation or any other status.
- Operation of the ISQ Business Association
3.1 Attendance at meetings
Members will endeavour to attend all meetings, however if they are unable to attend any meeting then they should submit their apologies in advance of the meeting.
3.2 Declaration of Interests
Each member is required to declare any personal or pecuniary interest (direct or indirect) in any agenda items. All such declarations must be included in the minutes of the meeting.
3.3 Election of Chair / Vice Chair
The ISQ Business Association will elect a Chair and Vice Chair annually. Where practicable these roles will filled by representatives from the different businesses that make up the ISQ Business Association.
3.4 Secretarial support arrangements
Secretarial support will be provided by the Economic Regeneration Team at Hartlepool Borough Council.
Technical support will be provided by officers Hartlepool Borough Council as and when required.
3.5 Steering Group
A Steering Group shall be formed of no less than 5 members which will include the Chairperson. The group will consist of volunteers from the membership of the ISQ Business Association.
The Steering Group will drive forward the objectives and make decisions for the Association.
3.6 Meeting procedures
- The ISQ Business Association will meet at least once per year.
- The Steering Group will meet as and when we required.
- The Economic Regeneration Team will coordinate a forward plan of agenda items.
- Items for the agenda should be communicated to the Chair two weeks before the meeting
- The Chair must be informed of any additional persons attending the meeting to present a report or take part in a presentation.
- Papers for the meetings will be made available by the Economic Regeneration Team 1 week before the meeting. Papers will be circulated to members electronically. However, paper copies via the post will be available on request.
3.7 Freedom of Information Act
The Freedom of Information Act gives everyone the right to access information that is held by public authorities. Hartlepool Borough Council has developed guidance to help comply with the act. The ISQ Business Association works within this policy when giving out information to partners and the public.
3.8 Updating the Terms of Reference
This Terms of Reference can be amended or updated by obtaining a majority agreement at a meeting of the ISQ Business Association.