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Million pound interest free loan scheme for businesses to kick-start development

Dunston Business Village

Businesses with ambitious development plans could benefit from a new round of funding which kick-starts projects and boosts growth. The latest round of the Growing Places Fund is making £1 million available in interest-free loans to support infrastructure projects. Projects could include development of commercial space including retail, housing or connections that will lead to more investment, regeneration and job ...

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Staffordshire to celebrate World Tourism Day

People are being reminded about the wealth of attractions just waiting to be explored in Staffordshire as part of the county’s celebrations for World Tourism Day. With a booming tourism economy worth £1.7bn and over 25 million visitors each year, Staffordshire continues to be a great place to visit and holiday. The county is home to two of  the UK’s ...

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People reminded to be ‘scams aware’ in latest campaign

People across Staffordshire are being urged to spot the signs of scams, report them and look out for those who may become victims themselves. The latest push from Staffordshire County Council’s Trading Standards team is reminding people to be aware of the risk of scams whether online, on the phone, through the post or on the doorstep. The campaign is ...

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New young poet laureate appointed for Staffordshire

Lily Massey, aged 15 from Baddeley Green has been chosen as the new young poet laureate for Staffordshire. Lily performed her poems ‘The Power of Words’ and ‘Another Way’ at a special poetry event at Church Lane Evangelical Church, in Stafford on Saturday 8 September. The initiative is run by Staffordshire County Council’s libraries service to promote a love of ...

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Staffordshire traders demonstrate responsible knife sales during trading standards operation

Gill Heath

Every one of 28 shops visited as part of a trading standards knife sales test purchase operation refused to sell to underage volunteers. During a week-long operation in Newcastle and Stafford, underage volunteers working with the trading standards team were refused sales when they tried to buy knives. Seventeen shops were visited in Stafford and 11 in Newcastle. The team ...

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Cabinet Agrees Action Plan To Tackle £35m Shortfall As Care Costs Soar

An action plan to help tackle a £35m budget shortfall next year has been agreed by Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet. The council is facing the shortfall after seeing the cost of care soar by £100m in ten years – at the same time as national funding to councils has continued to fall. Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County Council, said ...

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Staffordshire’s role in WWI explored at Great War conference

People interested in Staffordshire’s role during the Great War are invited to find out more at a free event. The Great War conference, entitled ‘Changing Times’ will explore the county’s role during the war, covering aspects including the role of women, community remembrance, the Weeping Window of poppies, and the latest research on Cannock Chase. The day will bring together ...

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People reminded to have their say on funding of social care

Social Care

Staffordshire residents are being reminded to have their say on how as a country we can fund and provide social care for the most vulnerable adults in our communities. The Local Government Association, which represents councils across the country, is now carrying out a public consultation “The Lives We Want To Lead” on how the costs of care should be ...

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Highways teams work round the clock to clear county roads

Highways teams have been working hard throughout the night to deal with flooding on Staffordshire’s roads and to clear trees, branches and other debris as Storm Bronagh reached the county. Staffordshire County Council’s highways and transport leader Helen Fisher said: Last night there was extremely heavy rainfall over a short period in addition to the strong winds as Storm Bronagh ...

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Motorists urged to take care as Storm Bronagh expected to hit the county overnight

People travelling on the roads across Staffordshire this evening (Thursday 20 September) and overnight   are being warned about high winds and rain which could make driving conditions difficult. The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for strong winds as Storm Bronagh is expected to hit the county between 6pm and 9am. People are being advised to take extra care ...

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