Strategic projects & the Council

HDC Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan

Whether you are starting up a business, developing your company or thinking of relocating to Hart, a number of services are available to help you. We have a wide range of information, guidance and support, all designed to help your business succeed. 

The Council has adopted an Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan which set out the strategic direction for economic development in the District, with a focus on business and economic growth.

We have been engaging with local businesses to review Hart's Economic Development Action Plan, with a goal to update the aims to reflect current business needs. This Action Plan will be implemented from October 2017 until 2020. The Economic Development strategy will then be reviewed in 2020 alongside a new Action Plan. 

Economic Dashboard 

An Economic Dashboard has been developed to help support the economic recovery from COVID-19 in the District. It draws from a range of economic indicators and data to help to identify the possible impact on the local economy and those areas which may be more economically vulnerable.

Fleet Road COVID- 19 Road Project 

Measures were introduced on 24 August 2020 to close Fleet Road to through traffic between Victoria Road/Upper Street and Church Road. The scheme was set up to ensure social distancing, enhance the visitor experience and support economic recovery in the town centre. A decision was taken on at the end of October to remove the scheme. The full press release can be read here and below are the October Monitoring documents. 

The Council's Procurement Policy

The Council is committed to promoting economic development in Hart. This follows through to how we buy goods and services that are needed to carry out what we do. We ensure that anything we buy is done so transparently in a number of ways. All spend over £500 is published on this website, including the type of products purchased and the name of the supplier. We also hold a contracts register. In addition, purchases we make are governed by the Contract Standing Orders found within Hart's Constitution.

How we advertise contract opportunities

We work in partnership with Capita Procurement Services to help us get the best value for money when we are buying goods and services and securing service contracts. Any upcoming contract opportunities that we have will be advertised on Contracts Finder and available on Capita’s procurement portal. They are still currently accessible via South East Business Portal too (click "Contracts Finder" on the left-hand side). If you are interested in selling to the council register on Capita's Partnership Portal - in addition, you will be able to see a wide range of other contracts being advertised by other organisations who work with Capita.

Working with businesses and the Regulator’s code

In delivering our statutory regulatory functions Hart District Council will act in accordance with the Regulators' Code and our own enforcement policies. All requests for advice and information will be responded to in accordance with our service standards.

The council is committed to supporting business and economic growth. Hart is committed to working with businesses to help them meet their statutory requirements and prosper.

Hart District Council will:

  • Support and promote the local economy by supporting local business
  • Encourage businesses to seek advice
  • Explain the reason for their visits to businesses
  • Carry out regulatory activity in a fair, transparent, proportionate and consistent way
  • Be accountable
  • Minimise the cost of compliance for businesses by ensuring any action taken is proportionate to risk
  • Co-ordinate services to minimise unnecessary overlaps and duplication
  • Consult with businesses when developing policies, plans, procedures and service standards