BUSINESSES in Hartlepool have thrown their backing behind proposals for a new hospital on the outskirts of the town.
Members of the North East Chamber of Commerce’s Hartlepool Committee supported the project, which they believe could provide vital development work for local contractors.
North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust want to build the new £300m hospital at Wynyard, near Billingham, to serve Hartlepool, Stockton and parts of Easington and Sedgefield.
NECC Hartlepool Committee Chairman, Peter Olsen, Board Member at Vela Housing Group, said: “There will be a lot of opportunities for local procurement of services and we’re working closely with the North Tees Foundation Trust to see if we can agree local contracting conditions in their plans going forward.”
The procurement deal could see services and goods bought from local suppliers rather than being sourced outside the region.The group backed proposals for upgrades to the Wynyard/Billingham A19 junction.
NECC head of member relations, Rachel Anderson, said: “Businesses are in favour of any proposals that will improve business conditions in and around the town.”
NECC last year published its “Unlocking the Barriers” report, which recommended improvements to the public procurement process to help regional business tap into the supply chain for the North East public sector, which have the potential to generate an extra £1.35bn and create 6,000 North East jobs.