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Business developments pick up pace as drive to create better skilled jobs continues

Gestamp site

Development at several business sites supported by the county council is gathering pace as the drive to create better quality jobs continues with near full employment in Staffordshire. Statistics issued by the ONS today show that the Staffordshire claimant count decreased slightly between September and October and stands at 0.9 per cent of the local population (compared to one per ...

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£1 billion tourism boom continues to draw visitors to Staffordshire

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Latest figures on Staffordshire’s tourism economy published today prove that the county remains a popular destination amongst visitors. 2015 saw the county’s busiest year with over 24 million people, from home and abroad, enjoyed day or overnight trips to Staffordshire. This helped generate over £1.2 billion in direct spend on accommodation, entertainment, travel, shopping and food & drink. In addition to ...

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Record low claimant count in Staffordshire after two decades of JSA

Redhill Business Park

Staffordshire is continuing to see near full employment – two decades to the month after Job Seekers Allowance was introduced and when the number of claimants in the county was three times as many. Figures released today for September show the Staffordshire claimant count at 1 per cent of the local population. Job Seekers Allowance was introduced in October 1996 ...

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European boost for Staffordshire tourism industry

Staffordshire has landed £500,000 of European Union development money to boost its tourism industry. The money will be used by Staffordshire County Council to promote an increase in the number of tourism businesses in the area and particularly the number of beds for visitors. Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for Economic Growth, said: It remains to be seen ...

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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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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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Free childcare scheme begins this week

Hundreds of parents will benefit this week as the new 30 hours’ free childcare scheme begins in Staffordshire. The county council has 415 places of 30 hours’ free childcare for three and four-year-olds to allocate after the authority successfully bid earlier this year to host one of eight national trial schemes. Key to the bid’s success was the council’s approach ...

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Gestamp expansion marks major investor confidence in UK and Staffordshire

Gestamp site

The decision by Spanish automotive supplier Gestamp to expand on a new site in Staffordshire demonstrates strong investor confidence in the county and the UK, the county council leader and LEP chairman said today. Gestamp is relocating from its current location in Cannock to a 550,000 sq ft site at the 52 acre Bericote Four Ashes site in South Staffordshire. ...

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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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