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New fibre broadband connection secures business’s county location

Digital by Default

A small business located in rural southern Staffordshire says it is committed to staying in the county after being able to connect to recently installed superfast fibre broadband. The fibre connection to the offices of creative digital agency Digital by Default has been made possible by the Superfast Staffordshire programme – a partnership between the county council, BT and the ...

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Digital minister hails ‘great success’ of superfast broadband roll-out as it gets £1.7 million boost

Mark Winnington

More than 1,300 further households and businesses across the county are to get access to superfast fibre broadband as a result of a £1.7 million boost to the Superfast Staffordshire roll-out, lead partners Staffordshire County Council and BT have announced. The funding comes from savings made earlier on in the roll-out and additional investment from BT and the Government. Superfast ...

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Get wise to scams during national awareness month

Scams awareness

People across Staffordshire are being urged to spot the signs of scams and to report them as part of a national awareness month in July. Scams Awareness Month 2017 aims to inform people of the types and extent of con tricks which pose a threat to people’s finances and wellbeing. The county council wants people to spot tell-tale signs online, ...

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Businesses can find out how they can access support and create new industry hubs

Rural Enterprise Programme

Small and medium-sized Staffordshire businesses can find out more about how they could get the backing to transform under-utilised buildings into productive use and access a range of support at an event next month. The Grow Your Workspace workshop on July 27 will help businesses understand Staffordshire County Council’s Rural Enterprise Programme and how to apply for grants. There will ...

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Staffordshire traders supported through tobacco sales law changes – ten years after indoor smoking ban introduced

Staffordshire traders have been supported in adapting to the latest tobacco sales legislation by the county’s trading standards team as the nation marks the tenth anniversary of the introduction of the ban on smoking in enclosed public spaces. This Saturday July 1 it will be ten years to the day that the ban was introduced in England. Since the introduction ...

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Private Foster Carers urged to find out about the support available

Early years

Carers from across Staffordshire who privately foster children are being reminded that help is at hand as part of a national campaign. Private Fostering Week runs from 3rd to 10th July 2017 and will highlight the importance of notifying the council about private fostering arrangements. Private fostering describes an arrangement when someone, who is not a close relative, cares for ...

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Connecting business to fastest broadband speeds in the country

Mark Winnington with electricity boxes

A county council partnership programme is supporting businesses to potentially access some of the fastest broadband speeds in the country. Today’s Which? report into national broadband speeds placed Tamworth as being the best in the country for being able to connect to fast broadband speeds, with an average of 30.4 megabits per second (mbps). According to the independent Think Broadband site, 99.8 ...

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Exhibition celebrates Tolkien’s link with Staffordshire

Tolkien mannequin in uniform

People from Newcastle will get the chance to see a new exhibition celebrating the author of The Lord of the Rings’ links with Staffordshire. VIDEO: Take a sneak peek at the exhibition This fascinating insight into the early years of JRR Tolkien, one of the world’s best-loved writers, and his time spent in Staffordshire, has already been seen by almost ...

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Staffordshire to celebrate Armed Forces Day

People from across Staffordshire are being invited to pay tribute to members of the Armed Forces, as the nation prepares to celebrate Armed Forces Day on Saturday 24 June. Staffordshire County Council will be flying the Armed Forces flag from the Shire Hall Gallery to mark the day. People will also be able to show their appreciation on Twitter by ...

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Successful applicants identified for countryside estate management

The first groups to manage and maintain parts of Staffordshire County Council’s countryside estate have been chosen. Subject to approval and agreement, Heath Hayes and Wimblebury Parish Council will take on the management and maintenance of Wimblebury Mound picnic area, while another group, which will be named in due course, will take on the management and maintenance of Consall Nature ...

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