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Farmers and their sheep at the Staffordshire County Show

Backing for rural economy and communities showcased at leading agricultural event

Support for Staffordshire’s rural economy and communities will be the focus for the county council at the area’s leading agricultural event this week.

Teams from the county council will be at the County Show explaining how they work with a range of organisations to help increase opportunities across Staffordshire. In addition the county council leader Philip Atkins and its economy leader Mark Winnington will be attending both days of the show and be on hand to answer any questions from visitors.

Rural districts in Staffordshire account for around £9billion (58 per cent) of the county’s total economic output. Around 24,000 enterprises are based in rural areas in Staffordshire.

The county farms team will be at the show promoting the work of its 94 tenant farmers and their contribution to the local economy. County farms enable rural entrepreneurs to set up their first enterprise and also generates around half-a-million pounds each year for the county council. The county council’s animal health and scientific services teams will also explain how they’re supporting rural businesses every day. In addition the fostering and adoption service will be available to remind visitors what a difference new parents and carers are making to young people across Staffordshire.

Philip and Mark will be also be talking about the Superfast Staffordshire broadband project, a £28 million programme which will see 95 per cent of properties able to access superfast broadband speeds by the end of 2016. It has enabled rural areas without previous access to fast broadband speeds to get connected. People can find out more information by visiting www.superfaststaffordshire.co.uk

Staffordshire County Council’s economy leader Mark Winnington said:

The rural economy and communities play a vital part in Staffordshire’s continued growth and we want to make sure opportunities increase for everyone in the county, wherever they live. The County Show gives us an opportunity to show how we’re working with a range of organisations to make Staffordshire a better place to live, work and visit.


Notes to editors
The county council has invested £7.4million in the Superfast Staffordshire project in what is a £28million project to bring superfast broadband to 95% of county properties.

Rural economy figures are taken from the Staffordshire Rural Economy Evidence Base report, 2015.