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Strong future growth plans set to deliver better paid county jobs

i54 South Staffordshire

Planned business growth developments in Staffordshire will support the creation of thousands of better paid jobs as near full employment continues, the county’s economy leader has said. Latest out of work claimant count figures released today show’s Staffordshire’s figure stands at just 1.2 per cent of the county population, lower than both regional (2.6 per cent) and national (two per ...

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Staffordshire businesses urged to tap into £500,000 county loan fund

Richard Rawnsley

Staffordshire small businesses looking for access to finance to enable them to grow are being urged to find out more about a loan fund run by the county council with a £500,000 allocation available. The Staffordshire Business Loan Fund’s latest allocation for county businesses will be open until November. Loans of between £10,000 and £50,000 are available to eligible businesses ...

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Major manufacturing Growth Zone plans unveiled at MIPIM

i54 South Staffordshire expansion

A collection of new high-value manufacturing, business and logistics investment opportunities in Staffordshire and Wolverhampton have been unveiled at MIPIM in Cannes. The M54 Wolverhampton – Staffordshire High Growth Zone will be one of the biggest in the UK and was today (Tuesday) showcased at The Right Landscape for Growth hotspot at the global property forum. The Growth Zone consists ...

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Full speed ahead – fibre fund boosts fast broadband roll-out to Staffordshire rural communities

Councillor Mark Winnington

People living and working in two Staffordshire communities are looking forward to getting some of the fastest broadband speeds in the country thanks to an innovative scheme to ensure the county’s most remote areas don’t miss out on the latest technology. Eight residents and businesses in Marchington Woodlands, near Uttoxeter, and 30 in Rushton Spencer, near Leek, are the latest ...

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Promoting Staffordshire as a great place to do business

Rapida Kingswood Lakeside

Opportunities to bring jobs and growth to the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire area will be promoted to business investors and developers at a major international event in France this week. The LEP’s investment team, Make It Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire, will be flying the flag for the region on the global stage at the MIPIM conference and exhibition in Cannes, supported by ...

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Chance to volunteer at UK Corporate Games


People are being given the chance to be part of the UK Corporate Games when it returns to Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent in the summer. The Games are Europe’s biggest sports event for business and organisers are now offering individuals and sporting organisations the opportunity to join the team of volunteers. Over the weekend over 4,000 amateur athletes will battle it ...

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Next steps for Shire Hall

Proposals for the future use of a landmark building will be assessed by an independent expert. Staffordshire County Council will appoint an outside group to consider and examine the long term feasibility of ideas for the future use of Shire Hall, Stafford, including those put forward by several interested groups. Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for Economic Growth, ...

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i54 South Staffordshire set for major expansion

i54 western extension

An award-winning business park which is home to global industry leaders and thousands of skilled employees is preparing for major expansion. A planning application for a western extension to i54 South Staffordshire is set to be submitted in spring 2018. The park’s development and investment success is as a result of a partnership between the City of Wolverhampton Council, Staffordshire ...

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Keele University announces major new investment

Keele Management School

Keele University has announced plans to invest in a new multi-million pound state-of-the-art facility that houses both Keele Management School and incubated companies in a sector leading Smart Innovation Hub.  The new Management School has been funded by the University and the Denise Coates Foundation, after which the new building at the entrance to the University will be named. The ...

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Work set to begin on £15m town centre retail park development

Burntwood retail centre

Work is to begin within weeks on a much-anticipated £15 million retail development in the heart of Burntwood. LCP, one of the UK’s leading commercial property and investment companies, has been given the go ahead to develop the site of the former Olaf Johnson factory site, Cannock Road. Nick Burgess, managing director of LCP, which is based in Pensnett, West ...

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