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Everyone in our 21,500-strong team has the opportunity to help deliver first-class services. As the biggest employer in Staffordshire, we reward their contribution by giving them the room they need to develop, the training they need to succeed plus a positive attitude to flexible working.

Countdown to apply for 30 hours’ childcare

Early years

Parents wanting to claim 30 hours a week of funded childcare for their children should think about applying as soon as possible. The next places are available across the county from September 1 for children who celebrate their third birthday between April 1 and August 31 2018. But to claim the funding parents must register at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk . Mark Sutton, ...

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Staffordshire employment site fully occupied as latest development starts

Four Ashes Park

Work has started on the latest development at a Staffordshire business park which will site up to 1,300 jobs and forms part of a high growth zone near the M54. Midlands developer First Pannatoni has begun its 440,000 sq ft speculative unit at the Four Ashes Business Park in South Staffordshire which means the site is now fully occupied. The industrial facility, to be ...

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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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Staffordshire’s 30 hour childcare success praised

Staffordshire’s excellent pre-school childcare network has been praised by the Families and Children’s Minister. Nadhim Zahawi MP visited Staffordshire to see for himself the positive impact of the 30 hours’ childcare scheme. The Families and Children’s Minister said: Staffordshire was one of the first implementers of our 30 hours childcare offer, and reached its initial targets well in advance, offering ...

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Act now for funded childcare places

Children celebrating their third birthday in the first part of 2018 should be signed up now for 30 hours’ funded childcare. Staffordshire has one of the highest rates in the region for taking up the offer of 30 hours’ funded childcare for three and four-year-olds. Now, more childcare places are available from April 1 for children who celebrate their third ...

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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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