TEN thousand of the most troubled families in Stoke-on-Trent are to be targeted in a new crackdown, aimed at saving taxpayers up to £145 million. This follows a 12-month pilot scheme in Little Chell and on the Stanfields estate, which has been credited for helping 190 families and saving £14,500 of taxpayers' cash from each household targeted. Stoke-on-Trent City Council now wants to use Government cash to hire 130 new front-line staff to work on the city-wide project.
Plans for a new £30 million golf course to help JCB boost sales and build global awareness of its brand were today given a unanimous go-ahead by planners. The proposals are for a world-class 18-hole, 7,150 yards, Par 72 championship golf course centre on 240 acres of rolling countryside to the south of the JCB World HQ at Rocester, North Staffordshire.
Denise Coates, founder of the Stoke-on-Trent bookmaker Bet365, has set up a £100m charitable foundation. In the past Bet365 has made a range of charitable donations, including local donations to the Douglas Macmillan hospice and a YMCA related venture. No details have yet been released about the focus of the new Bet365 foundation.
A partnership of arts organisations in Stoke (B Arts, Airspace gallery, Partners In Creative Learning, Restoke, Letting In the Light, and Cultural Sisters) have been awarded £450,000 by The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation for a five-year programme of work: Artcity. The programme will support artistic activity in redundant spaces across the city, is being developed in partnership with Stoke City Council and Staffordshire University."
HUNDREDS of patients with the painful condition sciatica are to take part in a £1.18 million research project to help with their recovery. Keele University's Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre has been awarded the grant to test a more systematic approach to care management.
Building work to renovate the UK's last working Victorian pottery factory in Stoke-on-Trent has finished. The Prince's Regeneration Trust has spent about £9m revamping Middleport Pottery in Burslem. The factory has been a working pottery since 1888.
Nearly 70 community nurses have been recruited to work in North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership Trust has recruited 29 nurses to work in Stoke and 37 to work in Newcastle-under-Lyme and the Staffordshire Moorlands.
BUDGET chain B&M is opening another store in Stoke-on-Trent. The discount retailer has snapped up the former Comet premises on Festival Park, which has been empty since the electrical giant Comet collapsed in 2012.
Google's online mapping experts have been able to recreate the entire city of London online in 3D, using 45-degree aerial imagery. London is the fifth city in the UK to be represented in 3D after Stoke-on-Trent, Birmingham, Leeds, and Reading.
THIS £1 million hi-tech robot is to start operating on cancer patients at Staffordshire's biggest hospital. Up to 200 cancer sufferers will be treated by the robot at the University Hospital every year.
Stoke-on-Trent online bookmaker Bet365 has reported an 81% rise in its full-year profit, effectively making the privately-held firm the largest online betting company. The company is preparing to break ground later this month on a new £30m office complex at Etruria, Stoke, with a completion date of early 2016. Bet365’s commitment to its Stoke roots was further demonstrated in its ongoing financial support of the Stoke City football club.
A £30 million new HQ for bet365 will soon be underway, with demolition of an existing building starting 21 July. The leading gambling firm expects to move its 2,300 staff into its new headquarters in Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent, by the beginning of 2016.
VOLUNTEERS will be able to record their stories about a town for posterity after an arts company was given thousands of pounds of lottery cash. North Staffordshire-based Letting in the Light hopes the £46,000 it has been given for its 18-month scheme will unearth a treasure trove of memories of Newcastle-under-Lyme.
MORE than £80 million will be invested in new roads, business sites and training facilities after the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) was been awarded £20.9 million in the first year of the Government's Growth Deal, with £61.3 million set aside for 2016/17 onwards. Neigbouring Cheshire East has also had an award of £82m, which will also be mostly spent on improving roads and local transport links.
Work has started on a £34m redevelopment of a North Staffordshire pottery site, the company has said. Managers said the redevelopment of Wedgwood's 281-acre site at Barlaston, just south of the city of Stoke-on-Trent, would create 102 new jobs and protect 400 existing ones. The work has been supported by a £5.1m grant from the Regional Growth Fund. The development will include new manufacturing facilities and offices, an expansion of the visitor centre and 209 new homes.
CYCLISTS and walkers can now benefit from a new cycle path linking North Staffordshire with the Peak District National Park as the first stage of a multi-million pound project is completed. The Pedal Peak project will see the creation of four new cycle ways into the national park from the surrounding urban areas and is expected to benefit the wider area and 3.5 million people. One of the key routes well underway has seen improvements to the historic towpath of the Caldon Canal through the Staffordshire Moorlands.
WEAL Ales in Chesterton is the latest brewery to make its home in North Staffordshire, in a county which has long been home to some of the major beer companies across the UK. Perhaps the most well-known of...