A Hartlepool business has bucked the economic trend, appointing two new members of staff as part of its ongoing expansion.
While companies and businesses are feeling the pinch during the Covid pandemic, the Paul Gough Group has been growing.
Nick Loughlin is the newly-appointed editor, while Laura Mackey has been installed as marketing manager.
Both will work across the organisation, which has interests in fitness, physiotherapy, media and property from its bases in both Hartlepool and Florida.
“These are uncertain times for a lot of organisations, but it’s also an opportunity,’’ said Paul.
“Businesses have been hit of late, and a lot of good people are available in the market place who wouldn’t normally be out there and that’s through no fault of their own.
“It’s an opportunity for business leaders to make the most of and I’m delighted to have both Nick and Laura on board.’’
Nick moves after spending 27 years at The Northern Echo. He was sports editor from 1997-2020, before being appointed Teesside Editor at the start of this year.
He said: “Paul used to write a fitness column for me back in the day and the opportunity to work for such a progressive business is an exciting one.
“There’s positive plans in place here to grow and I’m looking forward to bringing my experience in the North-East as a journalist and editor to the team.’’
Laura, who completed her internship at a central London PR agency before graduating from Newcastle University, has spent seven years with a global manufacturing company in Peterlee.
She said: “Our four practices have re-opened and are really busy and it is an exciting time to be joining the business.
“After speaking to Paul, I saw the opportunities on a business and personal footing. His enthusiasm is infectious and it will rub off on everyone in the community.’’