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Election boost? Growing hybrid agency to open Hartlepool hub

Franchise-based firm Igomove hopes its new offices in the now Tory town will be part of the area's rejuvenation plans.

Nigel Lewis

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Hybrid estate agency Igomove hopes to be part of plans to rejuvenate Hartlepool following the recent political upset.

Labour suffered a humiliating byelection defeat in the town after the party’s former heartland elected a Conservative for the first time in 62 years.

New MP Jill Mortimer has promised to repair her constituency after years of decline, and told reporters over the weekend that she would be ‘visiting estate agents’ to find a home in the town.

Igomove aims to move into a new business hub as part of plans submitted to the council to convert a residential property in Elwick Road into a six-office building, with the agent occupying at least four of the offices.

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Igomove currently has separate branches for Hartlepool, Teesside and Durham, with further franchises for Sunderland and Darlington expected to open soon, and all would run from the property.

The branches are separate businesses but would share IT, admin and support staff and meeting rooms, according to plans.

A planning statement says the business hub would benefit the area: “The proposed development delivers a series of economic, social and environmental benefits,” it says.

“It will assist the local authority in boosting the economy through the creation of jobs without significant impact upon the vitality and viability of the existing retailing centres of the borough.

A decision is expected to be made on the plans by the council’s planning department later this month.

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May 11, 2021

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