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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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Thriving businesses mark enterprise centre’s 20th anniversary

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Businesses from a range of sectors based at a county council enterprise centre are marking the facility’s 20th anniversary. Waterside Enterprise Centre in Burton is home to 35 businesses at the Centrum 100 site on the edge of the town. The centre has 60 office units and 12 workshop units. It has proved popular with businesses over two decades because ...

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Near full employment in county as business sites continue to thrive

Four Ashes Park

Staffordshire’s thriving business sites are boosting job opportunities as the county continues to see near full employment. Statistics released today show that just 1.3 per cent of Staffordshire’s working age population claims out of work benefits. This is lower that both regional (2.8 per cent) and national (2.1 per cent) averages and has remained the same for the last three ...

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New rural business gets off ground after receiving slice of growth funding

Wissage Bakery Ltd

A farming couple have bounced back from financial ruin with a thriving new food production business. They have launched a bakery selling premium quality meat-based baked produce. The Wissage Bakehouse Ltd is now operating at Little Aston Farm near Stafford. Linda Young and Peter Read obtained support from the Staffordshire Rural Enterprise Programme, which is funded by the European Regional ...

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Businesses can benefit from full fibre broadband connection with voucher boost

Staffordshire businesses can improve efficiency through full fibre broadband connection using vouchers worth up to £3,000. The Government operated £67 Million Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme is available to all small and medium sized businesses and can either be for one company or a group on a shared network build. This is a future proof connection of up to 1gigabit (1000 ...

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Business backs plans for employment site’s major extension

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A Staffordshire business which was involved in the development of one of the county’s leading employment sites has backed plans for its extension. The western extension plans for i54 South Staffordshire have now been submitted to the district council. If approved, it would mean one large or several smaller employers could deliver 2,700 jobs on site and generate £600million investment. ...

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Near full employment continues with further job creation boost as development plans submitted

i54 South Staffordshire expansion

Staffordshire is continuing to see near full employment as plans for a major county business development are submitted. Figures released today show that just 1.3 per cent of Staffordshire’s population is claiming out of work benefits, lower than both regional (2.8 per cent) and national (2.1 per cent) averages. The Staffordshire figure has remained the same for the last three ...

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Staffordshire ventilation company secures new blue-chip contracts after funding boost

A growing company specialising in mechanical design and ventilation services has won new blue-chip contracts after securing funding from the Staffordshire Business Loan Fund. Mech Tech Midland Ltd, based at Chaseview, Cannock Chase Enterprise Centre, secured a loan to help it win several new contracts from major companies such as HMRC and Rush Hair and Beauty. The company was recommended ...

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Businesses celebrate ten-year anniversary of enterprise centre

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Small businesses based at one of Staffordshire County Council’s enterprise centres have been celebrating ten years of its provision of commercial space to aid growth. Lymedale Business Centre in Newcastle opened in 2008 and is now home to 36 small businesses, offering a broad range of goods and services. Across the county there are eight enterprise centres, offering both office, ...

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