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Power station approval is another major milestone for Staffordshire business park

Meaford business park site

Government approval of a gas fired power station at a new Staffordshire business park is a major step forward in the site development, the county’s economy leader said today.  Meaford Gas Power Station has now been granted consent by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The development, at the newly created Meaford Business Park near Stone, ...

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Staffordshire county farms can play a role in halting dairy decline

County farmer Mike Trayte

Staffordshire’s county farms estate can play a part in helping to halt the trend in the national decrease in the number of dairy farms, the county council leader has said. The number of dairy farms in England and Wales has fallen by over 1,000 in just three years, according to a report issued by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board ...

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County’s apprentices take centre-stage at graduation ceremony

gourp cheer

Over 120 apprentices from across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent took centre stage at this year’s Apprenticeship graduation ceremony. The apprentices and their families were joined by local employers and training providers at the County Showground in Stafford on Wednesday (13 July) to celebrate their achievements. Now in its second year, the graduation ceremony acknowledges the achievements of higher and advanced apprentices ...

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Major projects to boost growth in Staffordshire take step forward

Map Western Sprins Road

Major developments to boost growth and opportunities in Staffordshire are set to start in the next few months after gaining planning approval. Following Staffordshire County Council’s delivery of a road and infrastructure scheme to support business development at Meaford near Stone, the first planning consent for an industrial building on site has been given the go-ahead. In Rugeley, a flood ...

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Staffordshire success helps parents’ childcare

Staffordshire is just one of eight places to introduce 30 hours of free childcare for some families a year earlier than the rest of the country. The award of the trial scheme involving 415 places follows the county council’s successful bid to the Department for Education. Key to the bid’s success was the council’s approach to working with employers, which ...

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County economic growth will continue following EU vote, says council leader

Philip Atkins

Staffordshire’s strong foundations to bring in major investment and hard work by councils and businesses will lead to continued economic growth as plans are made to leave the European Union, the county council leader has said. Philip Atkins also welcomed the Chancellor’s announcement that he intends to reduce corporation tax following the EU vote. Philip said: “I applaud the Chancellor’s ...

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Latest job boosting development gets under way at top county business park

Redhill Business Park

The latest development at a new Staffordshire business park has started as the site nears full occupancy with further expansion plans. Redhill Business Park in Stafford has been created by Staffordshire County Council following a £10million investment. General Electric is already building a facility on the first of three plots it has taken. Stafford’s largest employer is moving its operations ...

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Villages lead technology charge across Staffordshire


More than twice as many households and businesses are reaping the benefits of the Superfast Staffordshire fibre broadband roll-out as this time last year, lead partners Staffordshire County Council and BT announced today. As the project roll-out continues at pace, the percentage of customers opting for an upgrade has doubled from 12 per cent to more than 24 per cent ...

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Deal to drive growth and job creation signed by councils

Philip Atkins and Patrick Farrington

A deal to secure investment and create thousands of jobs in Stafford Borough has been signed by the leaders of two councils. Stafford Borough Council leader Patrick Farrington joined Staffordshire County Council leader Philip Atkins to officially sign off the District Deal – which involves the local authorities sharing resources to boost economic growth. They got together at a special meeting ...

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