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Work progresses on £15million road improvement scheme

MacArthurGlen Designer Outlet Cannock

Work is progressing at a major Staffordshire road scheme which will provide access to a new £160 million retail development and improve traffic flow on the roads around it. The works being carried out by the county council will pave the way for the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet in Cannock, which is set to open in 2020. McArthurGlen has committed £15million ...

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Get connected to improve your property says Staffordshire estate agent

A high-speed fibre broadband connection is one of the key factors people consider when buying or renting a property, according to a Staffordshire estate agent. With nearly 13,000 homes across the county changing hands during the last 12 months[1], faster broadband connectivity for things like on-demand video, online gaming and smart home apps is more important than ever. Across Staffordshire, ...

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Know your consumer rights when Christmas and New Year shopping

Gill Heath

People doing their Christmas and New Year shopping are being urged to get to know their consumer rights and avoid scams. Consumer laws were updated in 2015 and aim to give people greater clarity when they shop in store or online. The Consumer Rights Act clarifies consumer law and includes legislation to allow people to obtain a full refund on ...

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New Gritters make their debut in Staffordshire

Woman and large gritters

Nine new state-of-the-art gritters have joined the county’s fleet to help keep the county on the move over the winter. The new vehicles, armed with the latest technology and safety features have been deployed across the county, and will help keep the roads clear of snow and ice and drivers safe. The £1m investment by Staffordshire County Council has allowed ...

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County celebrates small businesses with thousands supported by Staffordshire growth hub

Jobs and growth logo

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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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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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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Know your consumer rights this Black Friday

Gill Heath

People looking for bargains online on Black Friday and throughout the Christmas and New Year sales period are being urged to get to know their rights and avoid scams. Staffordshire County Council’s trading standards team is advising people to get familiar with their consumer rights before they shop, particularly online. This year National Consumer Week follows Black Friday and the ...

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