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.
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.
DOZENS of schoolchildren struggling to cope with the death of a relative are to be offered help through a new counselling project. The Dove Service has been awarded a £168,000 Government grant to work with four to 18-year-olds in schools across Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent and Cheshire.
The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship Program is to bring Canadian medical students to Keele in North Staffordshire. University of Windsor students will travel to Keele for four-to-six-month exchanges, to study in how palliative and end-of-life care is done at the region's hospices and hospitals. Students from Keele will travel to Canada to do the same there.
Ceramic giant Wedgwood is to create over 100 jobs and open a new visitor attraction near Stoke-on-Trent under plans which will see production increase by 20%. The Wedgwood Estate in Barlaston will open its doors to the public on May 18 after a £34 million redevelopment. A new visitor centre will also open, while the Wedgwood Museum, which houses over 250 years of ceramic production exhibits, will re-open in June.
Glebe Engineering has landed £90,000 Government funding to help pay towards the move across the city. The family-run automotive and defence firm will take bigger premises near the A500 at Etruria, and plans to add 10 new jobs to the current roster of 35 staff.
PUPILS will today help to unveil a new £326,000 stretch of cycleway which will link their schools with the city centre. Young people from Birches Head Academy and Sneyd Green's Excel Academy and Holden Lane Primary have been invited to the official opening of the 1.8 mile cycle path.
A 3.7 mile section of the Cauldon Canal towpath is being converted into a modern cycle route. Staffordshire County Council said the work had begun and was due to be finished in April. The Staffordshire Moorlands Link uses the Caldon Canal towpath and signed on-road routes to link Stoke-on-Trent with the Manifold Trail and the Roaches.
A NETWORK linking volunteers and community groups across Stoke-on-Trent is set to continue for another year. Stoke-on-Trent City Council is re-commissioning the 1,000 Lives Community Champions Programme, which has been operating since 2012, for a further 12 months.
Stoke-on-Trent has the third fastest 4G download speeds in the UK, at 19.5Mbps. The new figures are drawn a survey of the four major networks: Three, EE, Vodafone and O2. Coverage in Stoke-on-Trent was also improved late last year, with ten new 4G masts installed across the city.
More than £5 million will be spent on Kidsgrove railway station to make it more disabled friendly. The £5.5 million, in place until 2019, is a joint initiative between a local MP, East Midlands Trains, North Staffordshire Community Rail Partnership, Network Rail and Staffordshire County Council.
UP TO 100 more jobs are being created with the opening of a distribution centre. Booming retailer Dunelm has signed a deal to move into a purpose-built 525,000 square foot warehouse at Sideway, in the south of Stoke-on-Trent. The homeware firm is also keeping open its two existing distribution centres in Stoke.
A state-of-the art £300,000 Innovation and Technology Centre (ITC) for Dunlop training courses has been officially opened by the leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council leader Mohammad Pervez at Building Adhesives Ltd in Trentham. The ITC has a large auditorium providing seats for 40 delegates, with a capacity for 100 delegates, and features high spec A/V and projection facilities and removable training bays for high impact practical demonstrations and theoretical presentations.
ALMOST 100 jobs are expected to be created at pottery firm Portmeirion over the next three years as it continues to report record results. The business, which has 631 employees, yesterday reported a 5.3 per cent increase in revenue for 2014, generating sales of £61.4 million.
An extra £365,692 will go towards expanding more Stoke-on-Trent schools, while Staffordshire will be getting a £4.378 million. The latest Government funding is in addition to the £35 million announced last year, which is already going towards building extensions and brand new schools. The funding is needed to cope with the children of the new baby boom, who are now reaching school age.
Staffordshire University has revealed plans for a £40 million investment to revamp its facilities in Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford. Plans include new computing labs, gaming labs and state-of-the-art TV and music technology studios. The university has also started the task of closing its Beaconside campus in Stafford, which will see about 3,000 computing and entertainment technology students move to its Stoke-on-Trent by 2016.
Learners on advanced courses at Stoke-on-Trent College will be offered guaranteed interviews for places at nearby Keele University. As well as helping teenagers with BTECs and other vocational qualifications get onto degree programmes, it will open up opportunities for adults who are returning to learning. The college currently has more than 200 people taking 'Access to HE' diplomas in areas like health and science. Many of these students don’t have traditional academic qualifications.
STEEL door manufacturer Robust UK has created 12 jobs as part of its £1.9 million expansion as it prepares to move into a former pottery site. The relocation will breathe new life into the former Tams building in Longton, which has stood derelict for almost 10 years.
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