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Partners mark start of works for major new road scheme

Work is now under way on a multi-million-pound road project which will boost growth and ease congestion in Stafford The Stafford Western Access Route will enable millions of pounds worth of new housing and business development to take place. It will also improve traffic flow in the town centre, particularly by the railway station. The new road will link the ...

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Staffordshire’s summer employment figures remain encouraging, says economic growth leader

i54 South Staffordshire expansion

Staffordshire’s mid-summer out-of-work claimant count statistics show that the county is retaining a position of having near full employment. Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council’s economic growth leader, said every effort is being made to ensure this continues with major development projects getting under way and a new round of skills programmes due to start next month. The claimant count figure ...

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Apprentices take to the stage for graduation

Apprenticeships

Higher level apprentices Naomi Yates and Richard Cumberlidge are just two of over 150 apprentices who took to the stage at this year’s apprenticeship graduation ceremony. The apprentices, from across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, representing over 15 sectors from Accounting to Mechanical Engineering were joined by their families and employers. Now in their fifth year, the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Apprenticeship Graduation ...

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Foundations for new jobs being laid as county maintains near full employment

i54 South Staffordshire expansion

Foundations are being laid for hundreds of new jobs in Staffordshire as the county continues to see low unemployment. Work is now under way to extend one of the county’s top employment sites, where there is potential to generate around 1,700 jobs. The current i54 South Staffordshire site has a workforce of 2,700 people with around half living less than ...

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County council steps up efforts to mitigate impact of HS2 on Staffordshire

HS2

Staffordshire County Council has agreed to become a “qualifying authority” on HS2, to help reduce the impact of Phase 2a of the scheme running from the West Midlands to Crewe. The council’s Cabinet today (Wednesday) agreed the move, which will give the authority some limited powers to influence the construction of the scheme which will pass through a further 33 ...

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£15million road improvement works for major retail development progresses

MacArthurGlen Designer Outlet Cannock

The latest phase of a major road scheme to provide access to a £160 million retail development and improve traffic flow on the roads around will begin next week. The works being carried out by the county council will pave the way for the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet West Midlands in Cannock, which is set to be completed in 2020. McArthurGlen ...

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Town’s long-term regeneration plans set for cabinet backing

A strategy setting out how Burton can remain vibrant and be further regenerated in the long-term looks set to receive county council backing. It maps out the town’s strongest assets and how these can be developed to make it an even more attractive place to live, work and visit. The strategy also looks at potential future issues which could affect ...

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New era for i54 as work starts on western extension

i54 western extension

Work has started on an extension to a major Midlands business park which could generate around 1,700 jobs and lever in up to £300 million of investment. It will see i54 South Staffordshire, on the county border with the City of Wolverhampton, expand to provide much-needed sites of different sizes at what is becoming a globally-recognised high manufacturing employment zone. ...

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Support offered to employees at Kerry Foods Burton

Philip Atkins

Staffordshire County Council leader Philip Atkins has said the authority is working with partners to offer support to employees at Kerry Food in Burton following the announcement of expected redundancies. Philip said: This is a huge blow to people working at the company and their families. Our priority is to offer all the support we can. We will work with ...

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