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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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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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Superfast Staffordshire partnership reaches out to more rural communities on the day Britain achieves a major superfast milestone

Mark Winnington with electricity boxes

The Superfast Staffordshire partnership – spearheaded by Staffordshire County Council and BT Group – today announced a major expansion which has seen it bring superfast fibre broadband to even more of the county’s smallest, most remote communities. The latest communities to benefit from the Superfast Staffordshire roll-out include: Blithbury, Brereton Cross, Brocton, Clifford’s Wood, Copmere End, Morston Court and Wetwood, ...

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Skills drive essential to fulfil opportunities for better paid jobs

University of Wolverhampton Skills Deal

Staffordshire’s continued drive to increase skills so that people can take advantage of new job opportunities is essential, the county’s economic growth leader has said. Figures released today show that the number of people claiming unemployment benefits in Staffordshire remains at just one per cent of the local population, lower than regional (2.4 per cent) and national averages (1.9 per ...

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Access works for county employment site completed as business operation begins

Gestamp South Staffordshire

Work to create access to a major new Staffordshire employment site has been completed with its flagship company already operational. Staffordshire County Council carried out the works to create access to the Four Ashes site, paving the way for the relocation of automotive parts manufacturer Gestamp. The new facility is already part-operational. The 52-acre site in South Staffordshire has been ...

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New Skills Deal to provide talent for Staffordshire’s future

Skills deal

A partnership which will aim to deliver essential skills for more than 100,000 Staffordshire jobs over the next decade has been launched. The University of Wolverhampton Staffordshire Skills Deal with the county council will support economic growth in Staffordshire by helping to provide the necessary skills for higher value jobs and responding to business need. The collaboration between the two ...

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County council moves forward with major road scheme to unlock future growth

Breaking News

A major road project which will see the final section of Lichfield’s southern bypass completed is progressing with the county council beginning the process of buying land along the route. The £17.5million scheme will connect the A5127 Birmingham Road with the A5206 London Road. It will involve building an underpass beneath the Cross City railway line. The 670 metre stretch ...

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People’s Business Award recognises Burton’s best customer service

People's Business Award

Burton residents are being urged to nominate their favourite local business for a new award which recognises great customer service in their community. The People’s Business Award is being launched today in Burton as part of the county council’s Get Vocal About Local campaign. The award is being run in conjunction with Burton Small Business – a consortium of local ...

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