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Ultrafast fibre broadband connection is transforming rural community life


Connection to some of the fastest fibre broadband in the UK for a rural Staffordshire community – through one of the first schemes of its kind nationally – has transformed day-to-day living and business operations. Villagers in Cotwalton, near Stone, have seen their broadband download speeds increase – from around 3Mpbs to more than 300Mbps – after becoming the first ...

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County continues to see near full employment with more job creation on way

Kingswood Lakeside

Staffordshire is continuing to see near full employment with just one per cent of the local population claiming out of work benefits, figures released today show. This is the same as last month, though with slightly fewer claimants, and is lower than both regional (2.3 per cent) and national (1.9 per cent) figures. Staffordshire’s economic growth leader Mark Winnington said: ...

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Progress continues at county’s growth boosting road scheme

Stafford Western Access Road

Good progress is continuing on a project to build a new access road which will pave the way for multi-million pound development, new jobs and relieve town centre congestion. Staffordshire County Council is now well into the process of buying land and making access arrangements for construction and future maintenance of the new Stafford Western Access Route. This route will ...

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Latest development at Staffordshire business park given green light

Rapida Kingswood Lakeside

Work on the latest unit at a county council-developed business park in Cannock will now get under way after being granted planning approval this week. The 102,000 sq ft Rapida development at Kingswood Lakeside is being marketed for manufacturing or logistics and is set to be available for occupation next year. It is being built by Midlands-based Trebor Developments and ...

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Prestigious ceremony to crown best tourism businesses

Staffordshire’s best tourism businesses are to be announced at a prestigious awards ceremony next week. The 2017 Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism Awards will see more than 40 attractions, activities, hotels, B&Bs, guesthouses and holiday parks compete in 16 categories. The winners will be crowned at Uttoxeter Racecourse on Wednesday 15th November (12pm-4pm), with awards including Large Visitor Attraction of the Year ...

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Shire Hall planning moves forward

Pop-up businesses could be a good use of the historic Shire Hall until a long-term, sustainable use of the building can be found, according to heritage experts. The Prince’s Regeneration Trust (PRT) said that while it could take some time to identify a permanent use for the Grade II* listed building, short-term ‘pop-up ventures’ for businesses and not-for-profit groups in ...

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Families urged to explore Staffordshire over half term

Families looking for something to do over the half term and Halloween break are being encouraged to take a ‘staycation’ and explore what the county has to offer. Staffordshire has hundreds of great attractions, including many leading national sites just waiting to be discovered over the half term holidays. For adrenalin seekers and families the county has two world-class theme ...

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Further business expansion paves way for more county jobs

Gestamp South Staffordshire

Further business expansion in Staffordshire announced this month will strengthen its position as a place of opportunity with near full employment, the county’s economic growth leader has said. The latest unemployment claimant count figure for Staffordshire released today is just one per cent of the local population, lower than both the regional (2.4 per cent) and national (1.9 per cent) ...

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Record overseas visitors to UK means boost for Staffordshire

As the UK enjoys a record 40 million overseas visitors to the country this year, Staffordshire’s tourism sector is also set to benefit from the boost. Tourist promotion agency VisitBritain forecasts overseas trips to the UK will increase 6% to 39.7 million with spending up 14% to £25.7bn this year. In Staffordshire, the sector is already worth over £1 billion ...

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Overnight carriageway closure for A50

Part of the A50 is to be closed one-way for five nights in October in the next step of a bridge building project. The overnight closures at Uttoxeter are for the removal of safety equipment which allowed the bridge to be worked on for three months without affecting the flow of traffic on the dual carriageway below. The new bridge ...

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