The A50 road in Staffordshire will be improved as part of a £375 billion national infrastructure investment. The A50 is a key link road for several areas just to the east of the city of Stoke-on-Trent, including JCB, Alton Towers, and the Uttoxeter Racecourse. In the near future the A50 will also serve a new 350,000 sq.ft JCB manufacturing plant to be built north of the town, and housing developers St. Modwen also have major plans for a large 700 home development to the west of Uttoxeter.
Regeneration specialist Genr8 Developments has launched its Stoke-on-Trent Central Business District development to the market as it goes on site with the £40m first phase of the scheme. It is now on site to start its plans to develop 210,000 sq.ft. of grade-A offices over two buildings, both to be occupied by Stoke-on-Trent City Council at a cost of £56m. The full scheme comprises grade A offices, hotel, retail and leisure accommodation and more than three acres of public space.
Virgin Trains is to introduce an additional late evening service from London to Stoke-on-Trent. The new train will depart London Euston at 22:50 for Stoke-on-Trent, and it will run every evening from Sunday 8th December 2013 onwards.
College students are to benefit from a new state-of-the-art education centre. Stoke-on-Trent College received the £10.5 million cash injection from the Skills Funding Agency to create a new Construction and Engineering Centre at its Burslem campus. Work on the facility, which also includes refurbishment of the existing sports hall, is set to be completed and open by September 2015.
The number of jobless people in the whole of North Staffordshire has fallen by 11.61% compared with a year ago. The number of jobless in the city of Stoke-on-Trent fell by 14.04% on 12 months ago. In this period in the Staffordshire Moorlands, the number of unemployed fell 17.97%; in Newcastle-under-Lyme it was 7.15%; and in Stafford the number of jobless fell by a whopping 21.74%.
The University Hospital of North Staffordshire has been named one of the safest in the UK. The new £400m megahospital, located just west of Stoke-on-Trent, has been named one of the 'least at risk' trusts in the country by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The CQC assessed all 151 NHS trusts.
A youth hostel at the site of an 18th Century mill is to be renovated and turned into an outdoor education centre. Newcastle-under-Lyme College in North Staffordshire is buying Gradbach Mill Youth Hostel, in the nearby Peak District.
The Business Enterprise Fund has recently secured additional cash, and is now open to companies in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. Grants are available of up to £5,000 for existing businesses and £1,500 for start-up and young businesses.
MORE than £1 million is being spent on the latest stage of the Burslem Townscape Heritage Initiative in Stoke-on-Trent. Two vacant buildings will brought back into use, while a popular pub will receive a facelift. Work is now set to start on the projects, with the aid of European funding, Lottery grants, and private sector investment.
AT LEAST half of businesses in North Staffordshire have recorded an increase in UK sales and orders and are expecting to post a rise in turnover in the next 12 months. The results of the quarterly economic survey carried out by Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce also shows that more than a third of companies are enjoying a boost in export sales.
Local MPs and business leaders have joined forces to encourage Staffordshire businesses to bid for a share of sub contracts for the £100 million redevelopment of MoD Stafford, located just ten miles south of Stoke-on-Trent. The relocation of 1,000 troops to the MoD Stafford base from Germany in 2015 could be worth up to £20 million a year to the local economy. Work is expected to begin immediately, in readiness for two signals regiments moving onto the base.
Industrial vehicle manufacturer JCB plans to create 2,500 new jobs as part of a £150m expansion of its business. The firm is to build two new factories near Stoke-on-Trent - one large factory in Beamhurst, Uttoxeter, and an excavator manufacturing plant in Cheadle, Staffordshire. The 350,000 sq.ft. factory at Beamhurst will be located just eight miles from Stoke-on-Trent. The announcements comes as Chancellor George Osborne visits JCB's world headquarters, a day after delivering his Autumn Statement in Parliament - which included major new road improvements for Uttoxeter. The North Staffordshire firm also announced their latest annual profit of £365m, up £10m on the previous year.
NEARLY five centuries of Potteries family history are to be made available online. ... The Staffordshire Collection will feature 3,400 individual parish registers – dating back to 1538 – a quarter of a million wills, and 180,000 records of marriage. ... The first set of documents – containing about six million names – is due to be available next year.
A new skills initiative has been launched in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire today to ensure employers have sustained access to an educated and skilled workforce. The Education Trust is a joint initiative between Staffordshire County Council, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Keele University, businesses via the Local Enterprise Partnership, local education and training providers and the voluntary sector.
The Trust will work with schools, Further Education colleges, universities, other training and apprenticeship providers as well as employers. The aim is to develop a continuous career and work offer for young people from primary school right through to when they start their first job.
It will undertake four locality projects, which will identify industry hubs and clusters of businesses in Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle under Lyme, Cannock and Tamworth. The trust will then work with these businesses to identify existing skills gaps and where gaps are likely to arise in the future.
The local meetings-and-events industry is currently bringing around £316m worth of business a year into the local economy of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. The figures are from research by Right Solution for the Staffordshire Stoke-on-Trent Conference Bureau.
North Staffordshire company Adams Foods, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of cheese, has signed a new deal to cut, pack and market 50,000 tonnes of hard cheese, including branded cheddars. The new deal will increase turnover for the Leek based firm to in excess of £500 million.
The re-offending rate among local criminals has dropped remarkably. According to the latest quarterly figures released by the Ministry of Justice, reoffending rates in the West Midlands and Staffordshire are just 6.96% - that's down by a hefty 16.24% when compared with 2007/8.
CBeebies will come to Alton Towers this spring after Worldwide struck a deal with Merlin Entertainments, the owner of the UK's No.1 theme park. The deal means that CBeebies will get a dedicated five acres at the North Staffordshire park in 2014, bringing to life some of the preschool channel's most-loved characters.
AROUND £250,000 is to be spent transforming St John's Square in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent. The town's traditional outdoor marketplace is in line for the makeover to help existing businesses and attract shoppers. Planned improvements include widening the existing footpath with new paving, constructing new parking bays, resurfacing the existing road, and planting five new trees.