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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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22nd July: Iceland to open huge new 'warehouse' format store in Stoke-on-Trent.

Food chain Iceland is set to launch its first ever Food Warehouse store, in a bid to compete with larger supermarkets. The new store will open on 2nd September at Trent Vale in Stoke-on-Trent.

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18th July: Uttoxeter in North Staffordshire has just 34 people on the dole

Looking for a job?  Nearby Uttoxeter might be the place... they only have 34 people left on the dole.

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16th July: 10,000 ‘troubled’ Stoke-on-Trent families to be targeted, in bid to save taxpayers £145 million

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.

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15th July: £30m JCB golf course plan gets green light

15th July: £30m JCB golf course plan gets green light | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

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.

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11th July: Denise Coates sets up £100 million charitable foundation

11th July: Denise Coates sets up £100 million charitable foundation | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

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.

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10th July: Waitrose to create 180 jobs on former JCB factory site in Uttoxeter

10th July: Waitrose to create 180 jobs on former JCB factory site in Uttoxeter | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

SUPERMARKET chain Waitrose is to create more than 180 jobs at a new store in Uttoxeter. The company is to build on a two-acre site in the town centre after agreeing a deal with land-owner JCB.

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9th July: Bentley in Crewe reports 23 per cent sales rise

Luxury car brand Bentley has seen global sales increase by almost 23 per cent in the first half of 2014.

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8th July: Consortium of Stoke arts organisations announce £450k Artcity funding

8th July: Consortium of Stoke arts organisations announce £450k Artcity funding | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

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."

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7th July: Keele University experts win £1.18 million for sciatica sufferers

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.

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2nd July: Theatre awarded £2.8m arts grant

North Staffordshire's New Vic theatre is to receive £2.8m funding from Arts Council England. Awarded over three years, it will be partly used to upgrade technology and redevelop the front of house.

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24th June: Middleport Pottery £9m renovation is complete

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.

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23rd June: Extra 69 community nurses recruited for Staffordshire

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.

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23rd June: Fleet of machines make repairs to Staffordshire roads

23rd June: Fleet of machines make repairs to Staffordshire roads | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it
A fleet of new machines have been drafted into Staffordshire as part of £2.1 million being pumped into repairs on the county’s roads.
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19th July: B&M to open new Festival Park store with 50 jobs up for grabs

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.

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17th July: Stoke-on-Trent beats London onto Google Maps 3D

17th July: Stoke-on-Trent beats London onto Google Maps 3D | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

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.

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16th July: Unemployment continues to drop across North Staffordshire

NEW FIGURES show the number of jobless people in North Staffordshire fell by 34 per cent compared with a year ago. Unemployment continues to show a sharp decline across the rest of Staffordsire.

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15th July: University Hospital of North Staffordshire unveils £1m cancer robot surgeon

15th July: University Hospital of North Staffordshire unveils £1m cancer robot surgeon | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

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.

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11th July: Bet365 annual profit rises 81% to £321m

11th July: Bet365 annual profit rises 81% to £321m | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

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.

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9th July: Former Sentinel building to make way for new £30 million bet365 HQ

9th July: Former Sentinel building to make way for new £30 million bet365 HQ | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

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.

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9th July: £46k lottery cash to fund 'memories of Newcastle-under-Lyme' project

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.

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7th July: Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire awarded £82.2 million from government Growth Deal

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.

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2nd July: Staffordshire revamps 150 school kitchens as free meals start for infant classes

AN “outstanding” effort to revamp and rebuild kitchens means every school in Staffordshire will be able to serve infants free school meals, from the beginning of next term.

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24th June: Work starts on £34m site at Barlaston

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.

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23rd June: Staffordshire cycle project reaches first milestone

23rd June: Staffordshire cycle project reaches first milestone | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

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.

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23rd June: North and mid Staffordshire have become home to a growing number of beer businesses

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...

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