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County starts new financial year on near full employment

i54 South Staffordshire expansion

Staffordshire has started the new financial year on near full employment, statistics published today show. Just 1.6 per cent of the local population is claiming out of work benefits, lower than both regional (3.3 per cent) and national (2.6 per cent) averages. County council leader Philip Atkins said major new developments this year would further boost employment opportunities. He added: ...

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Stay safe and avoid counterfeits this Easter bank holiday

People are being urged to be vigilant and avoid buying counterfeit goods if they’re heading to one of Staffordshire’s Easter bank holiday markets or car boot sales. The first bank holiday weekend of the year also marks the beginning of the car boot sale and markets season. While providing a family day out where people can pick up a bargain, ...

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An extra £5m pothole pledge – for third year running

Helen Fisher

An additional £5m is to be ploughed into tackling potholes on Staffordshire’s roads – for the third year in a row. Local Staffordshire county councillors have also been allocated an extra £20,000 this year to help them deal with more localised issues such as hotspot repairs, footway improvements or unblocking drains. The additional funding is part of a package of ...

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SwitchStaffs to unlock the potential of superfast broadband

Mark Winnington

More Staffordshire residents are being urged to get connected to superfast broadband now that most of the county is able to access the technology. Across Staffordshire, more than 75,000 homes and businesses can benefit from faster speeds thanks to the county council’s £32 million Superfast Staffordshire partnership with Openreach. When combined with Openreach’s own commercial rollout, it means more than 95 ...

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Project seeks digital entrepreneurs to solve social challenges in Staffordshire

David Whitehouse InLIFE

A new project is seeking digital entrepreneurs from across Staffordshire to help solve social challenges faced in the county. Two challenges, announced this week as part of the Staffordshire Digital Innovation Partnerships project, focus on growing community support and raising the aspirations of young people in the region. The launch took place at Cannock Chase High School which is one ...

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Leading manufacturer relocates to Staffordshire business park

Meaford Business Park

A leading metal pipe and hose manufacturer will be the first company to locate at a business park near Stone. Arctrend Ltd has agreed a 10-year lease to take 36,000 sq ft of industrial and logistics space at Meaford Business Park. The unit is the first building on the Staffordshire-based business park, which has planning permission for a total of ...

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New homes development will support county’s future growth

Plans for a 10,000-home development which will be supported by £750,000 government funding will bring further investment and community improvements, the county council leader said today. The garden settlement development at Coldmeece near Stone would be sited on former Ministry of Defence land. It is one of five planned new communities which will receive government funding, Minister for State for Housing ...

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£38million Liberty Park development begins

Liberty Park

Work has started on a £38million development in Staffordshire that is set to create more than 700 new jobs. Construction at Liberty Park, Lichfield, adjacent to the A38, has begun after Lichfield District Council granted planning permission for the development of two speculative industrial/logistics units. The development benefits from excellent access by road and unrivalled public transport access being located ...

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Work gets under way on final section of growth boosting city bypass

Midlands Engine

Work on the final section of Lichfield’s southern bypass will get under way this week. The new section of road will complete what will be an essential part of the city’s infrastructure and support the delivery of new housing and future growth. The £17.5million scheme will connect the A5127 Birmingham Road with the A5206 London Road. It will involve building ...

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Staffordshire economic growth and skills development continue at pace

Gestamp South Staffordshire

Business development sites currently under construction in Staffordshire with county council involvement will generate over £10million a year in business rates, a report published today states. And figures show the county is also developing a skilled local workforce to meet the growing demands of business. Sites such as Liberty Park in Lichfield, Four Ashes in South Staffordshire, Meaford near Stone ...

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