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New deal pays off withjobs.

Byline: Ian Mcneal

A multi-million pound investment in two Teesside industrial estates has created hundreds of jobs, a regeneration body has revealed.

Hartlepool New Deal for Communities has led improvements to Longhill and Sandgate Industrial estates and says it has seen 44 business set up and more than 200 jobs created after a pounds 3m investment.

Angela Quain, Longhill business liaison manager, said the economic success of the project has attracted private developers and new firms.

She said: "We are seeing real economic changes in the area after two years of working hard on physical improvements and business support.

"As well as business investment, we have seen crime fall dramatically and improvements in the environment through Hartlepool Council joining forces with the Environment Agency and the Fire Brigade."

Hartlepool New Deal for Communities and Longhill and Sandgate Improvement Scheme spent pounds 1.3m on the estates in the last two years, which has attracted a further pounds 900,000 of private investment and pounds 800,000 of European and local authority funding.

Longhill/Sandgate Improvement Scheme has aimed to tackle a range of crime, environmental, land use, access and training issues.

Included in the development is the conversion of derelict buildings into workshops and refurbishment to existing premises through security and improvement grants.

Businesses are supported by a dedicated business liaison manager on matters such as day-to-day estate issues through to business expansions, inward investment and grants advice.

Furniture firm The Sofabed Shop is among the firms benefiting from the improvements.

Colin Rafferty, managing director of the Sofabed Shop, said: "Having owned premises in Longhill since 1989, the NDC scheme has been the best thing that has ever happened to the estate.

"The security grant scheme has enable us to secure our premises with CCTV, roller shutters and alarms which has seen crime reduced dramatically and without this scheme we could not have done this."
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Title Annotation:Business Local
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Oct 20, 2005
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