Northgate celebrates opening of new Hartlepool offices
31 July 2014
Northgate Public Services has marked its move into the town by officially celebrating the opening of its new prestigious offices at Northgate House, after teaming up with Hartlepool Council to secure 235 jobs and save the local authority £1million a year.
Northgate House, the company’s new Regional Business Centre, is a key part of the seven-year agreement with the council, with an option to extend for a further three years.
Many staff members have already moved into the building in Lynn Street, Hartlepool and the company is currently recruiting for a further 46 staff at this time, including roles ranging from Service Desk Analysts to Housing Benefit and Council Tax Assessors. Northgate has indicated its intention to continue recruitment in the coming months. More information on these roles can be found at:http://www.northgate-ispublicservices.com/who-we-are/careers
Pictured: Dave Meaden, the Chief Executive of Northgate Public Services and the Mayor of Hartlepool, Councillor Stephen Akers-Belcher, (centre left and right) cutting a special cake to mark the official opening of Northgate’s new Regional Business Centre at Northgate House as guests look on. Guests, from left: Andrew Atkin, Assistant Chief Executive, Hartlepool Council; Iain Wright MP; and far right, Darren Hankey, Principal, Hartlepool College.
As part of its commitment to the economic development of the town, Northgate has set up a new Northgate Academy, in conjunction with Hartlepool College of Further Education. Through the Academy, Northgate has guaranteed 35 Modern Apprenticeships over the term of the contract for those wanting to work in the information technology sector. So far, 15 Modern Apprentices have recently been taken on in a variety of roles including business administration and IT and more are in the pipeline.
Modern Apprentices helping to cut a special cake to mark the official opening of Northgate’s new Regional Business Centre at Northgate House. Officially opening the building were (from left): Iain Wright MP; Dave Meaden, Chief Executive, Northgate Public Services; Councillor Stephen Akers-Belcher, Mayor of Hartlepool; and Darren Hankey, Principal, Hartlepool College.
Northgate is now one of the town’s biggest employers and has the capacity to increase its workforce to 300.
Northgate’s Chief Executive, Dave Meaden said: “Our new Regional Business Centre will be a flagship employer in the town and we are delighted to be teaming up with Hartlepool Council to help them to achieve their bold Vision for the town. I am also pleased to see that we have more jobs planned for the future for Hartlepool-a real boost for business, for the citizens and for the local economy.”
Councillor Stephen Akers-Belcher, Hartlepool’s Ceremonial Mayor who will jointly cut a cake with Mr Meaden to officially declare Northgate House open, said: “The agreement between Northgate Public Services and Hartlepool Council represents fantastic value for the town as it will result in a significant number of jobs and apprenticeships and deliver significant savings for the council.
“Northgate is right at the heart of the skills quarter which we have identified as one of the eight key areas in the Hartlepool Vision to regenerate our town and create prosperity for the future.
“It’s very encouraging to see Northgate creating new, much-needed job