New research by OSV has shown that drivers in Stoke-on-Trent are the least likely to be issued parking tickets. Of the towns and cities surveyed, Stoke-On-Trent was the best performer, with only 11 per cent of the driving-age population being issued tickets.
Three big name food chains will open in the city after plans for a £10 million development were approved. Nando's, Bella Italia and TGI Friday's have signed up to move into units that will be built on derelict land off Etruria Road, between the city centre and Festival Park. The scheme, which will create 140 jobs, was passed by city councillors yesterday.
PLANS to create an autism centre at Keele University have been given the go ahead. Stoke-based charity Caudwell Children applied to Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council to construct a building at the university for use as an assessment and research facility for children who are on the autism spectrum.
COUNCIL and police chiefs are set to spend £15.4 million building a new HQ – as part of plans to create 550 jobs with a new shopping complex. They aim to free up a massive site for a £27.1 million retail complex and hundreds of student flats to transform the town centre.
Cophurst Quarry at Lightwood will be expanded by 17 acres, so as to annually supply the Keele Tile Works with 100,000 tonnes of Etruria Marl brick clay. The quarry's new extension is likely to operate for around 25 years.
MORE than 60 jobs have been created with the opening of a new £5 million care home. Maple Tree Court in Kidsgrove, near Stoke-on-Trent, is opening its doors for the first time today with 30 staff already recruited.
Keele University is creating a new £130,000 state of the art training facility and pharmacy. The brand 800sqft pharmacy store will employ ten people and serve as a training facility for the University’s pharmacy school, as well as serving the public.
THEME park Alton Towers is set to create 100 jobs after revealing multi-million pounds plans for a third hotel. Staffordshire's biggest tourist attraction hopes to encourage more guests to prolong their stays by building extra accommodation for them to stop in. The four-storey extension will be built next to the Alton Towers Hotel and Spa and will include 74 colonial-style family rooms, a 200-seat restaurant and cafe.
THE number of people claiming Job Seeker's Allowance in Staffordshire is at its lowest in two decades, new figures show. The number of JSA claimants aged 18 to 24 has also dropped - it is 42.6 per cent down on the same time last year.
Pre-tax profits at Stoke-on-Trent's bet365 online gambling firm climbed to £410.2m for the 12 months to March 2015. The firm now employs nearly 3,000 people in the city, and is nearing completion of a new headquarters.
Cyclists and walkers are enjoying a new six mile stretch of modern cycleway along the historic Caldon Canal, as a £4m path project nears completion in North Staffordshire. The off-road cycling project links Stoke-on-Trent with the Peak District National Park, and along the way the path links up many rural communities in the Staffordshire Moorlands.
POTTERY giant Steelite is to create more than 100 jobs in Stoke-on-Trent after major plans for a new factory were given the go-ahead. The tableware firm is to build the manufacturing plant on its existing Middleport site to keep up with soaring international demand for its products.
A 215-year-old ceramics maker in North Staffordshire, which supplies the likes of Nando's and Virgin Trains, has secured a new funding package worth £10m. The funding for Dudson is expected to create 20 jobs in Stoke-on-Trent.
THOUSANDS of students are to use a new £12 million building at a college campus after it was completed in time for the start of term. Known as 'The Hub', the sleek glass building has become home to Stoke-on-Trent College's student support services, main reception and a range of courses. It also has a jobs shop, a cafe selling Costa Coffee products and IT training academies for local businesses to use to improve their employees' skills.
Businesses in parts of Staffordshire and Cheshire will have access to improved superfast broadband speeds next month as part of a significant upgrade to the area's wireless infrastructure. Engineers from telecoms company Internet Central (IC) are carrying out £300,000 of upgrades to its network of 10 transmitter masts serving Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire and parts of Cheshire. Known as IC-air, the network delivers a line-of-sight superfast broadband service from transmitters located on high ground in Crewe, Hack Green, Ipstones, Keele, Leek Road in Hanley, Meir, Mow Cop, Trentham, Twyford and Woodhead.
Stoke's London Road Bakehouse, the artisan bread shop, has now opened a £50,000 cafe bar at nearby Trentham. All the bread sold at the 50 seat cafe will be delivered from the London Road Bakehouse. The new cafe employs six people.
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