New members of the steering group bring fresh new ideas

Lisa Hogg and Harrison Smith with Hartlepool Business Forum steering group chair Simon Corbett (centre). Picture: Tom Banks

Two new members of a steering group leading the Hartlepool Business Forum are excited to share new ideas to deliver fresh opportunities.

Financial adviser Harrison Smith and a strategic brand marketing agency’s director Lisa Hogg have joined the five other members aiming to make a difference across the town.

Harrison has arranged for a social networking event to take place at The Owl, Scarborough Street, on June 13 from 5pm.

That is with the aim to get like-minded people together without an agenda and to socialise with other Hartlepool businesses and professionals.

And that follows a Forum event earlier this month when Lisa delivered a workshop in marketing and digital skills.

Harrison, 27, is based at Greenbank business centre and an associate of Emerald Associates, said: “I’m incredibly proud of the group’s diversity. It represents a wide range of ages, industries, and backgrounds.

“By collaborating and utilising the expanded resources offered by the Business Forum, businesses have incredible potential for growth.

“Networking events can be intimidating, especially for small business owners who may feel they don’t belong in such settings.

“I put forward the idea of this up-coming event at The Owl to demonstrate that businesses of all sizes are valuable members of this community.  I’m excited about it and encourage others to get their tickets quickly.”

Hartlepool-born Harrison is a graduate of Francis Marion University in South Carolina, USA, and is joined by Lisa on the steering group.

The pair were welcomed by chair Simon Corbett, who is also CEO of Orangebox Training Solutions, at Hartlepool Marina recently (pictured) and they join Gary Riches, Daniel Flounders, Christine Hall, Haani Hasnain and Amey-Rose McGrogan on the steering group.

Lisa, instrumental in Vove’s move to Hartlepool earlier this year to mark its tenth anniversary boasting clients such as Freers Askew Bunting and The Hospital of God at Greatham, is keen for the Forum to make a positive impact.  

The 33-year-old said: “I have been captivated by the vibrant business activities and the community’s potential since we moved to Hartlepool.

“It was clear from the outset that I wanted to contribute significantly to the region’s growth. Attending my first Forum event, I immediately recognised how my expertise in marketing could amplify the remarkable initiatives spearheaded by the forum.

“The Hartlepool Business Forum is at the core of the local business ecosystem, focusing on raising awareness about funding opportunities, facilitating knowledge transfers, and fostering strong relationships among business leaders.

“I am committed to using my background in strategic marketing to enhance the visibility and impact of the forum’s activities. It’s an honour to help position Hartlepool as an exciting area with a bright future.

“I am thrilled to be part of this journey and eager to contribute to our community’s success in any way possible.”

Lisa Hogg and Harrison Smith with Hartlepool Business Forum steering group chair Simon Corbett (centre). Picture: Tom Banks

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