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Road scheme to support major regeneration scheme moves to next phase

A road project which will pave the way to a multi-million pound business and housing development near Burton is taking a step forward with the construction of a new bridge. The Branston Locks development will see 400 acres of land immediately west of the A38 developed with 2,500 new homes, a range of community facilities and a 50-acre employment site, ...

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Broadband speeds set to soar in Staffordshire community thanks to pioneering deal

Households and businesses in a hamlet near Stone have made a giant leap towards joining the information superhighway thanks to a ground-breaking agreement which will deliver some of the fastest broadband speeds in the country. Cotwalton residents joined forces to find a way of getting high-speed broadband after finding out their community was not part of any current fibre broadband ...

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Businesses optimistic about future as near full employment continues

Redhill Business Park

Staffordshire businesses remain optimistic about future profitability and about taking on new staff with near full employment continuing in the county. County council economy leader Mark Winnington said last week’s announcement that Spanish automotive parts supplier Gestamp had chosen to build a £70million new facility in Staffordshire was a big vote of confidence in the local economy and its workforce. ...

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Cabinet approves powers to press ahead with growth boosting road scheme

Stafford Western Access Road

Preparations for a road scheme which will pave the way for the future growth of Stafford will now move forward following the county council’s cabinet approval of powers to purchase land along the route. The Stafford Western Access Route will support the continued growth of the county town and enable thousands of new homes to be built, provide for new ...

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Rural champion celebrates arrival of superfast broadband at its Midlands headquarters

Superfast Staffordshire

A national organisation which has campaigned for better broadband for rural businesses is itself now benefitting from faster fibre technology, thanks to the Superfast Staffordshire partnership led by Staffordshire County Council and BT. The CLA – formerly the Country Land and Business Association – which supports thousands of farmers and other rural businesses around England and Wales, has recently upgraded ...

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Completion of latest business innovation centre at Keele University

IC5 Keel

Building work on a £7million centre for business innovation in Staffordshire has been completed – with the first companies already set to move in. The joint project between Keele University and Staffordshire County Council is the latest facility designed to support the development of local businesses and the creation of high value jobs in the area. Innovation Centre 5, located ...

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Unemployment claimant figure one per cent since spring last year

Redhill Business Park

Staffordshire’s unemployment claimant figure has been one per cent or less since March last year, latest statistics have confirmed today. The county has consistently been well below national and regional figures. July’s statistics released today show Staffordshire with a figure of 0.9 per cent, the same as the previous month. Staffordshire currently has the lowest figure of any of the ...

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Small business growth speeds up thanks to faster broadband in Staffordshire

Small businesses growth in Staffordshire is being sped up with faster broadband thanks to a joint multi-million pound project by the county council and BT. Today’s national internet access statistics show that more and more people and businesses in the county are getting connected through the Superfast Staffordshire programme. In May, the programme connected the county council’s Lymedale Business Centre ...

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Completion of road scheme paves the way for major business development

Meaford

Construction of a 2,200 job business development on one of Staffordshire’s largest brownfield sites will soon get under way following completion of a supporting road and infrastructure project. Organisations involved in the combined road and site development at Meaford near Stone marked the milestone with business and civic leaders today. Completion of the 12-month reconstruction of part of the A34 ...

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Rail freight hub developers need continued open talks with communities, says economy leader

Four Ashes map

Developers behind plans for a national rail freight interchange in South Staffordshire need to ensure local communities are kept fully informed and must give detailed justification on its choice of location, the county’s economy leader has said. Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for economic growth, is calling for more information on the potential impact on traffic volume, the ...

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