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Near full employment continues with strong investor confidence in county

Kingswood Lakeside

Investor confidence in Staffordshire is being demonstrated with the construction of new speculative developments as near full employment continues, the county’s economic growth leader said today. Mark Winnington said new development will lead to more jobs, with latest statistics showing that just 1.3 per cent of the local population is claiming out of work benefits. This is the same rate ...

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Major road scheme delivering multi-million pound development completed

Branston Locks

A major Staffordshire road project which will pave the way to a multi-million pound business, housing and leisure development near Burton has been completed. 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, which will be known as Quintus. ...

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Recognition for growth boosting Staffordshire road schemes

Tamworth rail bridge

Three major highways schemes in Staffordshire have been recognised by a top industry body for their quality of design and enabling the delivery of future economic growth. The county council and its partner Amey received the recognition by the Institute of Highway Engineers last week. The projects were improving the centre of Newcastle-under-Lyme for pedestrians and cyclists; creating the gateway ...

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District sees near total fibre broadband coverage thanks to multi-million pound Superfast Staffordshire partnership

Mark Winnington with electricity boxes

Cannock Chase district now has near total fibre broadband coverage thanks to a county council scheme – with most of Staffordshire also able to connect. The Superfast Staffordshire programme, run jointly with Openreach and the government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme, has helped to enable 99.3 per cent of Cannock Chase district to connect to speeds of 24mbps and above ...

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Staffordshire begins new financial year on near full employment

Rapida Kingswood Lakeside

Staffordshire’s new financial year has begun with near full employment with more planned business development, the county’s economic growth leader said today. Latest figures released today show that people claiming out of work benefits in Staffordshire account for just 1.3 per cent of the local population. This is lower than both regional (2.7 per cent) and national (2.1 per cent) ...

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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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Staffordshire set to get smart through digital innovation partnership

Staffordshire University

People and businesses in Staffordshire will join the county’s digital surge to improve lives and productivity thanks to an emerging new partnership. Staffordshire County Council and Staffordshire University will be working together to explore a range of opportunities to support a thriving local economy and improve people’s lives by making the most of the latest technology. The university is renowned ...

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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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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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