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County celebrates small businesses with thousands supported by Staffordshire growth hub

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Staffordshire will celebrate small business success this weekend and its support and advice hub which has now backed nearly 4,000 businesses. The Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Growth Hub offers advice and guidance on a wide variety of business-related issues, as well as signposting companies to organisations offering specialist support. This weekend the county council is marking Small Business Saturday (December 1) ...

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Fabulous firs on sale for Christmas

Perfect Christmas trees for homes of all sizes are available for sale at Cannock Chase this year. Enormous evergreens, captivating conifers and fabulous firs are available at the Country Park’s visitor centre at Marquis Drive every day from now until Christmas Eve. Gill Heath, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Communities, said: Choosing a tree to decorate is a traditional ...

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County council steps in to ensure care continues

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Staffordshire County Council has stepped in to ensure home care visits for people across the county will continue – after a major national provider was hit by financial concerns. The council took the proactive decision to transfer care to new providers by December 14 after Allied Healthcare announced it would no longer be providing care in the county. Alternative arrangements ...

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Foster carers for teenagers sought in new campaign

Mark Sutton

With record numbers of children being placed in care, Staffordshire County Council has launched a new campaign to target a particular shortage of foster carers for teenagers. The campaign is looking for so-called “resilience foster carers’. These are people with experience in dealing with teenagers with emotional and behavioural difficulties and could include residential care workers, ex-police, prison officers or ...

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New bids submitted for community libraries

Gill Heath Stafford Library

Bids to take on the day-to-day running of five Staffordshire libraries next year are now being assessed. With the deadline for applications closing yesterday, the submissions for Cheadle, Cheslyn Hay, Clayton, Eccleshall and Penkridge will now be evaluated by an independent panel and a decision on their viability taken in the New Year. Successful applicants will be supported by the ...

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Last steps for major project

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A planned weekend closure of a road near Uttoxeter has been postponed. Work had been scheduled on the A522 north of the A50, between the new roundabout and JCB World Parts Centre, from this Friday night (30th) to early on Monday, December 3rd. Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Jobs and Growth, said: Early digging near the JCB ...

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Next phase of £15million road improvement works set to start

MacArthurGlen Designer Outlet Cannock

A major road scheme in Staffordshire to provide access to a new £160 million retail development and improve traffic flow on the roads around is progressing to its next phase. The works being carried out by the county council will pave the way for the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet in Cannock, which is set to be completed in 2020. McArthurGlen has ...

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Prestigious event announces Staffordshire’s best tourism businesses

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Drayton Manor Park, The Dorothy Clive Garden, and Swinfen Hall Hotel were among the winners at the 2018 Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism Awards. Drayton Manor Park won the Large Visitor Attraction of the Year Award, The Dorothy Clive Garden, Newcastle-under-Lyme was Small Visitor Attraction of the Year, and Lichfield’s Swinfen Hall Hotel was Hotel of the Year at the ceremony, which ...

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Changes to free bus pass travel

People are being reminded that changes to free bus pass travel (English National Concessionary Travel Scheme) are due to come into force from next spring in Staffordshire. Residents will still be able to use their passes between 9.30am and 11pm and at any time at the weekend or on bank holidays – but will need to pay a fare if ...

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Rural Staffordshire business tastes early success after receiving business grant backing

Lydia Ainger

A rural Staffordshire business which has been backed by a county council-led funding initiative is thriving just weeks after opening its doors. Church Farm Tearooms and Children’s Farm in Anslow near Burton was opened last month by Lydia Ainger. Lydia has recently returned to Staffordshire to start her business after studying in Sheffield and London. She has brought together her ...

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