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Staffordshire’s summer employment figures remain encouraging, says economic growth leader

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Staffordshire’s mid-summer out-of-work claimant count statistics show that the county is retaining a position of having near full employment. Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council’s economic growth leader, said every effort is being made to ensure this continues with major development projects getting under way and a new round of skills programmes due to start next month. The claimant count figure ...

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Foundations for new jobs being laid as county maintains near full employment

i54 South Staffordshire expansion

Foundations are being laid for hundreds of new jobs in Staffordshire as the county continues to see low unemployment. Work is now under way to extend one of the county’s top employment sites, where there is potential to generate around 1,700 jobs. The current i54 South Staffordshire site has a workforce of 2,700 people with around half living less than ...

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£15million road improvement works for major retail development progresses

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The latest phase of a major road scheme to provide access to a £160 million retail development and improve traffic flow on the roads around will begin next week. The works being carried out by the county council will pave the way for the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet West Midlands in Cannock, which is set to be completed in 2020. McArthurGlen ...

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Town’s long-term regeneration plans set for cabinet backing

A strategy setting out how Burton can remain vibrant and be further regenerated in the long-term looks set to receive county council backing. It maps out the town’s strongest assets and how these can be developed to make it an even more attractive place to live, work and visit. The strategy also looks at potential future issues which could affect ...

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New era for i54 as work starts on western extension

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Work has started on an extension to a major Midlands business park which could generate around 1,700 jobs and lever in up to £300 million of investment. It will see i54 South Staffordshire, on the county border with the City of Wolverhampton, expand to provide much-needed sites of different sizes at what is becoming a globally-recognised high manufacturing employment zone. ...

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County laying foundations for new jobs as it maintains near full employment

i54 South Staffordshire expansion

Major growth projects which will begin in Staffordshire in the coming weeks will support the creation of thousands of jobs as the county maintains a position of having near full employment. Staffordshire County Council’s economic growth leader Mark Winnington said projects such as the extension of i54 South Staffordshire and the Stafford Western Access Route would boost economic growth and ...

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Information event will detail major new road scheme ahead of start of works

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People and businesses will be able to find out more about the Stafford Western Access Route at a public event with construction work set to start in the summer. The new road will enable millions of pounds worth of new housing and business development to take place.  It will also improve traffic flow in the town centre, particularly by the ...

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Train service overhaul boost for county’s residents and its economy

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Major changes to train services in Staffordshire introduced this weekend will improve passengers’ experience and benefit business, the county’s economy leader has said. Mark Winnington is also vice chairman of the West Midlands Rail Executive, which overseas regional train services and contracts. He added that WMRE would be closely monitoring the new services, particularly in light of timetable change issues ...

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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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Project seeks digital entrepreneurs to solve social challenges in Staffordshire

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A new project is seeking digital entrepreneurs from across Staffordshire to help solve social challenges faced in the county. Two challenges, announced this week as part of the Staffordshire Digital Innovation Partnerships project, focus on growing community support and raising the aspirations of young people in the region. The launch took place at Cannock Chase High School which is one ...

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