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March 2019

Wednesday 13 March 2019

This morning I joined Neil Schneider, the Council’s Chief Executive, to attend the official opening of UK Insurance Net in Jaguar House at Preston Farm Industrial Estate.

The company offer a wide range of insurance services and they’re bringing new jobs into our area with their relocation from Darlington. It was interesting to hear about the work they do and discuss how the Council might assist their growth in the future.

Following this I attended another official opening, this time at the new Hampton by Hilton hotel in Stockton. I’m sure you’ll agree that the building itself is looking magnificent and the early feedback from guests who have stayed there has been very positive indeed. The opening was the culmination of a lot of hard work by so many people and I’m looking forward to the hotel becoming a real asset for the Borough in years to come.

Tomorrow I’ll be making the most of the opportunity to catch up on important Council paperwork and business in my office.

On Friday I will be heading over to Cavendish House in Teesdale for a Cabinet meeting at the Tees Valley Combined Authority. It is a good opportunity for regional leaders to share important updates from their areas and organisations before we consider business affecting the Tees Valley more widely.

Over the weekend I am looking forward to spending time with my family.

Middlesbrough travel to Villa Park for what will be a fiercely contested match on Saturday afternoon. Things haven’t gone to plan for the Villans this season so far, so Boro need to take the opportunity to keep pace with their other playoff rivals. Fingers crossed for a good result.

Early next week I’ll be receiving a briefing from Jane Edmends, Housing Services Manager, and Neil Mitchell, Team Leader (Targeted Action Area), on how the targeted action area work is progressing. The role of this project is to provide support to local communities in areas of the Borough where it has been identified that extra help is required. The council’s officers work with partner agencies, the community and voluntary sector and local residents to tackle some key priorities that will make things better.

On Tuesday afternoon I will be part of an appointment panel as the Council is recruiting an Assistant Director for Adult Strategy and Transformation. This is a vitally important area of work for us so it is crucial that we recruit the right person to help us drive forward in this area.

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