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County starts new financial year on near full employment

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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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People urged to share their mug shot on Staffordshire Day

Back again for this year’s Staffordshire Day extravaganza on Wednesday 1 May, is the ‘Share your mug shot’ campaign to celebrate the county’s industrial heritage Organisers Destination Staffordshire want people to share images of themselves on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook holding Staffordshire-made mugs, alongside the #StaffordshireDay hashtag. Last year hundreds of people joined in sharing their photos, creating a real ...

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Families urged to staycation in Staffordshire over Easter

Families are being urged to opt for a ‘staycation’ this Easter and explore the county’s many attractions. Whether its Easter egg hunts, clay pot making, family cycle rides in beautiful countryside, or a classic car show, the county promises something for all the family over the holidays. Staffordshire is the home of Easter egg-citement with both leading theme parks fully ...

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Libraries gear up for Staffordshire Day celebrations

With just less than a month to go until Staffordshire Day on 1 May, people are being reminded to drop into their local library for this year’s celebrations. Author visits, quiz nights, local heroes competition, guided tours and arts and crafts activities are amongst the events already lined up for this year’s celebrations. Philip Atkins, Leader at Staffordshire County Council ...

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SwitchStaffs to unlock the potential of superfast broadband

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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

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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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Staffordshire to celebrate English Tourism Week

People are being reminded about the many attractions and locations just waiting to be explored in Staffordshire as part of the county’s celebrations for English Tourism Week. Taking place from 30 March to 5 April, the annual campaign aims to raise the profile of the industry and celebrate the value and quality of tourism in England. Tourism in Staffordshire is ...

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New homes development will support county’s future growth

Plans for a 10,000-home development which will be supported by £750,000 government funding will bring further investment and community improvements, the county council leader said today. The garden settlement development at Coldmeece near Stone would be sited on former Ministry of Defence land. It is one of five planned new communities which will receive government funding, Minister for State for Housing ...

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Statement on potential job losses at Wedgwood

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Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County Council, said: Today’s news from Wedgwood is a huge blow to workers and their families, as well as the wider county. Staffordshire’s reputation as a home to design and manufacturing innovation and excellence dates back to Josiah Wedgwood’s time and that spirit and skill is still very much alive today. If these proposals come ...

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County Council closes £35m shortfall to deliver a balanced budget

Staffordshire County Council today presented a balanced budget after taking early, decisive action to close a £35m forecasted shortfall in the next financial year. The final plans were presented to Full Council after the authority tackled the unprecedented challenge caused by the rising costs of care for increasing numbers of vulnerable adults and children. Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County ...

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