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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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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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Council scheme helps hundreds of people to find a new career

karen at desk

Hundreds of people are getting their foot on the career ladder thanks to a programme being delivered by Staffordshire County Council. The Open Door programme focuses on helping people who face difficulties in finding work by offering them a twelve week work experience placement. Open Door, which was introduced in 2009 has supported over 600 people from across the county, ...

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Apprenticeship drive essential to maintain countywide employment successes

gourp cheer

A drive to create more apprenticeship and training opportunities is essential in maintaining Staffordshire’s low unemployment levels, the county’s learning and skills leader said today. With latest unemployment claimant figures released today showing a figure of just 0.9 per cent of Staffordshire’s population; Ben Adams said the focus must remain on increasing people’s skills so they could access better paid ...

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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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