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County starts new financial year on near full employment

i54 South Staffordshire expansion

Staffordshire has started the new financial year on near full employment, statistics published today show. Just 1.6 per cent of the local population is claiming out of work benefits, lower than both regional (3.3 per cent) and national (2.6 per cent) averages. County council leader Philip Atkins said major new developments this year would further boost employment opportunities. He added: ...

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SwitchStaffs to unlock the potential of superfast broadband

Mark Winnington

More Staffordshire residents are being urged to get connected to superfast broadband now that most of the county is able to access the technology. Across Staffordshire, more than 75,000 homes and businesses can benefit from faster speeds thanks to the county council’s £32 million Superfast Staffordshire partnership with Openreach. When combined with Openreach’s own commercial rollout, it means more than 95 ...

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Leading manufacturer relocates to Staffordshire business park

Meaford Business Park

A leading metal pipe and hose manufacturer will be the first company to locate at a business park near Stone. Arctrend Ltd has agreed a 10-year lease to take 36,000 sq ft of industrial and logistics space at Meaford Business Park. The unit is the first building on the Staffordshire-based business park, which has planning permission for a total of ...

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£38million Liberty Park development begins

Liberty Park

Work has started on a £38million development in Staffordshire that is set to create more than 700 new jobs. Construction at Liberty Park, Lichfield, adjacent to the A38, has begun after Lichfield District Council granted planning permission for the development of two speculative industrial/logistics units. The development benefits from excellent access by road and unrivalled public transport access being located ...

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Work gets under way on final section of growth boosting city bypass

Midlands Engine

Work on the final section of Lichfield’s southern bypass will get under way this week. The new section of road will complete what will be an essential part of the city’s infrastructure and support the delivery of new housing and future growth. The £17.5million scheme will connect the A5127 Birmingham Road with the A5206 London Road. It will involve building ...

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Staffordshire economic growth and skills development continue at pace

Gestamp South Staffordshire

Business development sites currently under construction in Staffordshire with county council involvement will generate over £10million a year in business rates, a report published today states. And figures show the county is also developing a skilled local workforce to meet the growing demands of business. Sites such as Liberty Park in Lichfield, Four Ashes in South Staffordshire, Meaford near Stone ...

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Staffordshire wins £1.9 million bid for transport innovation

Keele University campus

Small businesses in Staffordshire will support the creation of innovative transport improvements at a university ‘living lab’ following a successful government funding bid by a county council-led partnership. The £1.9 million ‘live lab’ project at Keele University will develop, test and demonstrate how a smart highways network can be designed, maintained and extended to local roads. The project, which includes ...

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Job boosting scheme set to become latest Staffordshire success story

Midlands Engine

A major business development is set to generate over 1,800 jobs in north Staffordshire after plans were given the go-ahead. The Chatterley Valley scheme next to the A500 in Newcastle was approved by the borough council on January 29. Harworth Group submitted the application for the site off Peacock Hay Road. The development will see units of varying sizes up to ...

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Staffordshire starts 2019 with continued near full employment

i54 South Staffordshire expansion

Foundations are being laid for more job creation in Staffordshire’s key industry sectors as the county starts 2019 with continued near full employment. Latest figures released today show that just 1.3 per cent of Staffordshire residents claimed out of work benefits in December. This is lower than both regional (3 per cent) and national (2.3 per cent) figures. The Staffordshire ...

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Green light for extension at major Midlands business park

i54 South Staffordshire expansion

An extension to a major Midlands business park which could generate around 1,700 jobs and lever in up to £300 million of investment has been given the go-ahead. Work to extend i54 South Staffordshire by around a third of its current size can now begin. Plans to extend to the west of the current site on the county border with ...

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