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Growth programme goes from strength to strength with near full employment in county

Staffordshire’s economic growth programme has supported the creation of nearly 7,000 jobs in four years as continued near full employment in the county was confirmed again today. A cabinet report being discussed this week states that sites and projects forming the county council’s economic growth programme have so far created or safeguarded 6,835 jobs and delivered 301 houses up to ...

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Partnership launched to boost digital innovation in communities and businesses

David Whitehouse InLIFE

A partnership which will explore and deliver digital innovation in Staffordshire to improve people’s lives and boost business productivity has been officially launched. Staffordshire County Council and Staffordshire University will be working together to create a range of opportunities to support a thriving local economy, increase skills and improve health and wellbeing by making the most of the latest digital ...

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Get Online and make the most of digital technology

Get Online Week

People are being urged to find out how they can improve their day-to-day living through digital technology and getting connected during national Get Online Week. The awareness week, which runs from Monday October 15 to Sunday October 21, aims to improve social inclusion for all ages through greater use of technology. Run by the Good Things Foundation charity, the campaign ...

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Event marks village improvements scheme completion

Better Barton scheme

Delegates gathered to mark the completion of a scheme to improve traffic flow, safety and the attractiveness in the centre of an East Staffordshire village on Friday. The £450,000 Better Barton scheme was drawn up by Barton-under-Needwood Parish Council and the county council. It has been delivered in three phases and the main part of the project will form the ...

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EnviroGrant Scheme set to make a difference to local community groups

Gill Heath

The latest round of a grants scheme for projects which can improve the environment and quality of life in local communities has been launched. Resource management firm Veolia has opened this year’s Staffordshire EnviroGrant Scheme. It offers amounts of funding (up to £1,000) to local groups as part of the company’s partnership with Staffordshire County Council. The EnviroGrant Scheme is ...

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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 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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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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