HART BIOLOGICALS today announced managing director; Alby Pattison was granted the Freedom of the Borough by Hartlepool Council in a special ceremony at the Civic Centre.
In a speech at the ceremony, Alby said: “I was thrilled to be nominated for such a historic title. However, to be here tonight to be awarded the towns highest accolade is a true honour. I was born and bred in this town and this type of recognition is truly humbling.
Alby was recognised due to his positive support of local charities and fundraising in the local community. Hart Biologicals is a supporter of North East Charity Music v Cancer, Hartlepool Hospice, Manor Community Academy, High Tunstall College of Science and Alby is enthusiastic about helping young people in sport, particularly Hartlepool Rovers FC and Seaton Carew Cricket Club.
During his nomination of Alby, Councillor Kevin Cranney, said: “Alby has not only created a community, but he’s created a company that has community at its heart and recognises the merits of his business within the education sector.
Alby started Hart Biologicals in 2002 with just three members of staff. Now the company has over 40 staff, reaches £2.6m a year in turnover and is now a global exporter.
Pattison commented: “In terms of Hart Biologicals and Hart Innovations, I believe all of our staff should be here. I’m stood here receiving this honour but day-to-day they’re the guys doing the work and without them it would mean nothing.”
Alby’s long-term involvement in the development of a skilled workforce in the local area has become an integral part of his work for the community.
“Now that I have been given this amazing opportunity I plan on doing more of the same for the community. We already do a lot for the colleges and the schools in the area and now we’re looking into expanding into partnerships with Universities to help graduates find work. “
Alby regularly has visits from students from numerous universities, from as far as Manchester and London. On top of this he encourages his staff to become STEM ambassadors, and to tour schools on a regular basis to enforce the importance of science as a valuable career choice.
When speaking of other schemes for the community, Alby said: “We’ve also been working as part of the Make Something Happen scheme that looks to get unemployed people to learn new skills in order to find employment.
“The skills gap is massive problem in the Hartlepool area as educated and qualified workers are usually forced to find work outside of the region. It’s important to bring new opportunities into the area to keep jobs local.”
Alby concluded: “Everyone at Hart Biologicals and Hart Innovations have played their part in this successful year and I owe a debt of gratitude to each and everyone one of them for what they’ve done for the company for myself and especially the community.”