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Staffordshire sees year end on near full employment

OMICRON Redhill

End of year figures show Staffordshire has continued near full employment as the county looks forward to more growth in 2019. Latest statistics show that just 1.3 per cent of the local population is claiming out of work benefits – lower than both regional (2.9 per cent) and national (2.3 per cent) averages. The actual number of claimants in Staffordshire ...

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Partners reveal new vision for borough’s growth

A new vision for future cultural and economic development in Newcastle-under-Lyme has been unveiled. The ‘Vision for Growth’ is a joint initiative between Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council and Staffordshire County Council that aims to reflect the continued and enhanced commitment of the two councils to working together in order to deliver on a number of objectives for the area over the ...

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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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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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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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Awards set to crown Staffordshire’s best tourism businesses

Staffordshire Tourism Awards 2017 winners

Some of the best tourism businesses in Staffordshire are set to discover whether they have won prestigious awards at a glittering ceremony. More than 40 attractions, activities, and accommodation businesses have applied for the 2018 Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism Awards, and will find out if they have been successful at the National Memorial Arboretum on Thursday 22nd November (12noon-4.30pm). In the ...

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Staffordshire skills boost revealed as near full employment continues

Staffordshire Means Skilled People

The number of people without qualifications in Staffordshire has been reduced by 50 per cent over the last four years as the county continues to see near full employment. Skills leaders say close working between the county council and local enterprise partnership means that the rate of people gaining qualifications in Staffordshire is now growing faster than it is nationally. ...

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Staffordshire Leader’s Reaction To Chancellor’s Budget

Staffordshire Leader’s Reaction To Chancellor’s Budget Pledges for additional short-term funding to ease the funding pressure on adult social care, extra money to tackle potholes and £1.6bn to deliver the industrial strategy were today welcomed by Staffordshire County Council’s Leader. Chancellor Philip Hammond outlined the measures together with more details of the £20bn for the NHS – and the extra ...

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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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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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