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18th Aug: Staffordshire County Council takes £370,000 a year off copier costs

18th Aug: Staffordshire County Council takes £370,000 a year off copier costs | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

Staffordshire County Council is set to save a whopping £370,000 a year, simply by introducing a better photocopying system.

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29th May: £20m intu Potteries extension fully pre-let

29th May: £20m intu Potteries extension fully pre-let | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

The new 60,000 sq ft extension to the intu Potteries shopping centre is now fully pre-let to businesses.  With all seven dining spaces, plus the cinema, now signed up, the development is fully pre-let some six months ahead of the opening date. Construction by Wates is nearing completion ready for fitting out by the tenants.The new £20m extension will serve the six towns of Stoke-on-Trent plus the adjoining Newcastle-under-Lyme, which combined have the 12th highest population of any UK city.

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28th May: Central Forest Park skateboarding plaza gets £25k grant to ramp up site

28th May: Central Forest Park skateboarding plaza gets £25k grant  to  ramp up site | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

EUROPE'S largest skateboarding plaza is set to be made even bigger thanks to a £25,000 grant.  The funding will see the Stoke-on-Trent facility, at Central Forest Park, extended even further in a bid to attract more youngsters to the site. The cash boost, from Barclays Spaces for Sport, follows previous grants of £45,000 since 2006.

 

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25th May: Cyclists secure Lottery funding to revive Etruria speedway club

25th May: Cyclists secure Lottery funding to revive Etruria speedway club | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

CYCLING enthusiasts plan to revive the Potteries' speedway club.  The Stoke Cycle Speedway Club disbanded two years ago after falling interest and doubts about running a league side. But now a group of former members have joined together to promote interest in a revival of the pedal sport in a bid to bring the speedway track at Etruria Park back into use.

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19th May: Golf Express comes to Staffordshire

19th May: Golf Express comes to Staffordshire | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

Golf Express has been launched across Staffordshire. This campaign, which has been welcomed by Ryder cup hero Justin Rose, recognises the pace of modern life and offers 9-hole formats that most golfers can conveniently fit into a busy schedule.  Golf Express has been backed by 19 clubs across the county, offering 9-hole green fees. Local clubs in the scheme include Newcastle, Stafford Castle, Stone, The Chase, Trentham Park and Uttoxeter.

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14th May: £300k revamp of Stoke town centre due to start

14th May: £300k revamp of Stoke town centre due to start | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

A £300,000 scheme to improve Stoke town centre is about to get underway. Two months of work to revamp Stoke's main shopping street is due to start on May 26.  The project will focus on the eastern side of Campbell Place to 'create a strong main pedestrian link through the middle of the town', from Sainsbury's supermarket to shops and business further down the road.

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13th May: Unemployment falls by 41 per cent in North Staffordshire

13th May: Unemployment falls by 41 per cent in North Staffordshire | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

THE NUMBER of jobless people in North Staffordshire fell 41 per cent compared with a year ago. A total of 6,033 people claimed Jobseekers' Allowance in March - a fall of 4,213 compared to the same month last year. In Stoke-on-Trent, 3,867 people made claims in March (down 40% on 12 months ago).

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12th May: Portmeirion's expansion plans are put into action

12th May: Portmeirion's expansion plans are put into action | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it
WHEN Phil Atherton joined Portmeirion Group in 2013, there were already signs of a return to growth in the ceramics sector. Exports were on the up, high-profile events such as the London Olympics...
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5th May: Tunstall-based Terrafix secures £3.5 million deal

A major £3.5m contract has been landed by Stoke-on-Trent company Terrafix Ltd.  The company will supply the Scottish Ambulance Service with a new state-of-the-art communications system, able to operate in the rugged Scottish landscape.

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14th April: Steelite International reports record sales of £94 million

14th April: Steelite International reports record sales of £94 million | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

TABLEWARE manufacturer Steelite International has reconfirmed its commitment to producing goods in Stoke-on-Trent as it celebrates record sales. The Longport company turned over £94 million in 2014 - up from £89.6 million the previous year.

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7th April: Keele University gets more than £7m for research projects

Keele University has been awarded £7m by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce).  It follows the university's strong performance in the latest research assessment framework, which classed more than 20 per cent of lecturers' research as world-leading.

 

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1st April: Iconic Minton collection safe thanks to £1.5m deal

THE world-famous Minton Archive can finally go on permanent public display in North Staffordshire. The Art Fund – backed by a £1.1 million grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund – has bought the collection from pottery firm WWRD, which owns the Doulton and Minton brands. The ceramics treasures will be going on show at the Wedgwood Museum and Hanley's Potteries Museum and Art Gallery.

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27th Mar: New £6.9m business growth centre for Keele University

27th Mar: New £6.9m business growth centre for Keele University | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

Construction is due to start in May 2015 on a new £6.9m innovation centre at Keele University. 30,000 sq.ft. of office and workshop accommodation will house existing high growth businesses, and new businesses locating to Staffordshire.  Completion is expected in Spring 2016.

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27th Mar: 50 new jobs to be created at Stoke engineering giant Goodwin Steel Casting

27th Mar: 50 new jobs to be created at Stoke engineering giant Goodwin Steel Casting | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

MORE than 50 jobs are being created at heavy engineering company Goodwin Steel Castings as part of a £10 million project to help increase power station efficiency. The Government has awarded the Hanley business £1.8 million towards the industrial research it is leading with Loughborough University and The Welding Institute (TWI).  John Goodwin, chairman of parent company Goodwin Plc, said the project builds on Stoke-on-Trent’s vast knowledge of the materials used for steam and gas turbines in the power industry.

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28th May: High Streets Minister visits Stoke-on-Trent markets

28th May: High Streets Minister visits Stoke-on-Trent markets | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

Government Minister for High Streets Marcus Jones says Stoke-on-Trent's town centres can improve – despite being plagued by empty shops.  Mr Jones visited Hanley and Fenton markets this afternoon to mark the end of Love Your Local Market (LYLM) fortnight. LYLM is a national campaign aimed at celebrating market culture across the UK.

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26th May: Stoke young parents to train as magazine writers

26th May: Stoke young parents to train as magazine writers | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

A MAGAZINE for young parents is launching its own training academy in the Potteries to help mums and dads learn journalism skills and write about their experiences. 'Visit From The Stork' has secured a £10,000 lottery grant to fund the new project, which will also see the parents get some of their work published in print and online. Ten volunteers are being recruited in Stoke-on-Trent.

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20th May: Work starts on new £7m innovation at Keele University

20th May: Work starts on new £7m innovation at Keele University | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

Work has started on a multi-million pound state-of-the art innovation centre for existing high growth businesses and new companies locating to North Staffordshire. It is the first new facility of its kind to be built on this scale in the area for ten years thanks to a partnership between Staffordshire County Council and Keele University.  The £7million centre will provide 30,000 sq. ft. of office and workshop accommodation.

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18th May: JCB post £303 million profit despite challenging market

18th May: JCB post £303 million profit despite challenging market | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

The recovering UK construction and housebuilding sectors helped North Staffordshire digger company JCB achieve annual profits of more than £300 million for the fourth year in a row. JCB's factories produced more than 64,000 machines in 2014 and the company achieved sales of £2.51 billion. Significant growth in North America helped to offset declining markets in Russia, Brazil, China and India last year.

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13th May: Another historic milestone mended

13th May: Another historic milestone mended | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

David Wright of Stone Ramblers leaves no stone unturned in his bid to refurbish Staffordshire’s mileposts. Over the last 15 years, the retired civil engineer from Meir Heath has made it his business to locate, survey, repaint and repair as many of the county’s 350 milestones as he can find.

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13th May: £130k sculpture taller than the Angel of the North arrives in North Staffordshire

13th May: £130k sculpture taller than the Angel of the North arrives in North Staffordshire | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

A new 68-foot high steel artwork, named Golden, now dominates the North Staffordshire skyline after being installed on the site of the Goldendale East steelworks in Chatterley Valley, last night. The sculpture was designed by award-winning artist Wolfgang Buttress and features 1,500 glass balls, each containing a short message or wish. The sculpture has been funded using £130,000 of Section 106 money paid by developers of commercial developments in Chatterley Valley.

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7th May: Staffordshire Wildlife Trust purchases new 36-acre site near Leek

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust has purchased a 36-acre site at Shawside, near Leek.  The land, near to the village of Longnor, directly adjoins two of the trust's existing nature reserves, the Roaches and Black Brook.  Funding came from the charity's Leek Local Group, Natural England and the Landfill Communities Fund.

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14th April: Stoke-on-Trent NHS deficit debt is paid off

14th April: Stoke-on-Trent NHS deficit debt is paid off | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

STOKE-Trent's main NHS body has wiped out a multi-million pound million deficit in just nine months. The city's Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which buys in health services for the population, had forecast last June it would end the financial year this month £4.8 million in the red. But it is now predicting it will turn in a surplus of £500,000 instead.

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11th April: Bet365 gallops up the Profit Track league table

11th April: Bet365 gallops up the Profit Track league table | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

Stoke-on-Trent's Bet365 company is seeing annual growth of 54 per cent, according to the latest Sunday Times BDO Profit Track 100 league table.

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4th April: 200-space car park planned near to Kidsgrove station

4th April: 200-space car park planned near to Kidsgrove station | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

PLANS to build a 200-space car park near a railway station have been unveiled. Kidsgrove station is set to be developed after Staffordshire County Council agreed to sell a piece of land to Network Rail.

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30th Mar: £200k handed to North Staffordshire churches for urgent roof repairs

30th Mar: £200k handed to North Staffordshire churches for urgent roof repairs | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

MORE than £200,000 of taxpayers' money is being awarded to North Staffordshire churches for urgent roof repairs. Buildings set to benefit from the Government scheme include Burslem's Grade II-listed St. Joseph's Catholic Church which is to receive £100,000 and St James' Church, Audley (£31,000).

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27th Mar: Keele University research funding gets an 18% increase

27th Mar: Keele University research funding gets an 18% increase | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

Keele University's mainstream research funding will increase by 18%, the third largest increase amongst traditional research-intensive universities.

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