The new 60,000 sq ft extension to the intu Potteries shopping centre is now fully pre-let to businesses. With all seven dining spaces, plus the cinema, now signed up, the development is fully pre-let some six months ahead of the opening date. Construction by Wates is nearing completion ready for fitting out by the tenants.The new £20m extension will serve the six towns of Stoke-on-Trent plus the adjoining Newcastle-under-Lyme, which combined have the 12th highest population of any UK city.
EUROPE'S largest skateboarding plaza is set to be made even bigger thanks to a £25,000 grant. The funding will see the Stoke-on-Trent facility, at Central Forest Park, extended even further in a bid to attract more youngsters to the site. The cash boost, from Barclays Spaces for Sport, follows previous grants of £45,000 since 2006.
CYCLING enthusiasts plan to revive the Potteries' speedway club. The Stoke Cycle Speedway Club disbanded two years ago after falling interest and doubts about running a league side. But now a group of former members have joined together to promote interest in a revival of the pedal sport in a bid to bring the speedway track at Etruria Park back into use.
Golf Express has been launched across Staffordshire. This campaign, which has been welcomed by Ryder cup hero Justin Rose, recognises the pace of modern life and offers 9-hole formats that most golfers can conveniently fit into a busy schedule. Golf Express has been backed by 19 clubs across the county, offering 9-hole green fees. Local clubs in the scheme include Newcastle, Stafford Castle, Stone, The Chase, Trentham Park and Uttoxeter.
A £300,000 scheme to improve Stoke town centre is about to get underway. Two months of work to revamp Stoke's main shopping street is due to start on May 26. The project will focus on the eastern side of Campbell Place to 'create a strong main pedestrian link through the middle of the town', from Sainsbury's supermarket to shops and business further down the road.
THE NUMBER of jobless people in North Staffordshire fell 41 per cent compared with a year ago. A total of 6,033 people claimed Jobseekers' Allowance in March - a fall of 4,213 compared to the same month last year. In Stoke-on-Trent, 3,867 people made claims in March (down 40% on 12 months ago).
A major £3.5m contract has been landed by Stoke-on-Trent company Terrafix Ltd. The company will supply the Scottish Ambulance Service with a new state-of-the-art communications system, able to operate in the rugged Scottish landscape.
TABLEWARE manufacturer Steelite International has reconfirmed its commitment to producing goods in Stoke-on-Trent as it celebrates record sales. The Longport company turned over £94 million in 2014 - up from £89.6 million the previous year.
Keele University has been awarded £7m by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce). It follows the university's strong performance in the latest research assessment framework, which classed more than 20 per cent of lecturers' research as world-leading.
THE world-famous Minton Archive can finally go on permanent public display in North Staffordshire. The Art Fund – backed by a £1.1 million grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund – has bought the collection from pottery firm WWRD, which owns the Doulton and Minton brands. The ceramics treasures will be going on show at the Wedgwood Museum and Hanley's Potteries Museum and Art Gallery.
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.
Government Minister for High Streets Marcus Jones says Stoke-on-Trent's town centres can improve – despite being plagued by empty shops. Mr Jones visited Hanley and Fenton markets this afternoon to mark the end of Love Your Local Market (LYLM) fortnight. LYLM is a national campaign aimed at celebrating market culture across the UK.
A MAGAZINE for young parents is launching its own training academy in the Potteries to help mums and dads learn journalism skills and write about their experiences. 'Visit From The Stork' has secured a £10,000 lottery grant to fund the new project, which will also see the parents get some of their work published in print and online. Ten volunteers are being recruited in Stoke-on-Trent.
Work has started on a multi-million pound state-of-the art innovation centre for existing high growth businesses and new companies locating to North Staffordshire. It is the first new facility of its kind to be built on this scale in the area for ten years thanks to a partnership between Staffordshire County Council and Keele University. The £7million centre will provide 30,000 sq. ft. of office and workshop accommodation.
The recovering UK construction and housebuilding sectors helped North Staffordshire digger company JCB achieve annual profits of more than £300 million for the fourth year in a row. JCB's factories produced more than 64,000 machines in 2014 and the company achieved sales of £2.51 billion. Significant growth in North America helped to offset declining markets in Russia, Brazil, China and India last year.
David Wright of Stone Ramblers leaves no stone unturned in his bid to refurbish Staffordshire’s mileposts. Over the last 15 years, the retired civil engineer from Meir Heath has made it his business to locate, survey, repaint and repair as many of the county’s 350 milestones as he can find.
A new 68-foot high steel artwork, named Golden, now dominates the North Staffordshire skyline after being installed on the site of the Goldendale East steelworks in Chatterley Valley, last night. The sculpture was designed by award-winning artist Wolfgang Buttress and features 1,500 glass balls, each containing a short message or wish. The sculpture has been funded using £130,000 of Section 106 money paid by developers of commercial developments in Chatterley Valley.
Staffordshire Wildlife Trust has purchased a 36-acre site at Shawside, near Leek. The land, near to the village of Longnor, directly adjoins two of the trust's existing nature reserves, the Roaches and Black Brook. Funding came from the charity's Leek Local Group, Natural England and the Landfill Communities Fund.
STOKE-Trent's main NHS body has wiped out a multi-million pound million deficit in just nine months. The city's Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which buys in health services for the population, had forecast last June it would end the financial year this month £4.8 million in the red. But it is now predicting it will turn in a surplus of £500,000 instead.
PLANS to build a 200-space car park near a railway station have been unveiled. Kidsgrove station is set to be developed after Staffordshire County Council agreed to sell a piece of land to Network Rail.
MORE than £200,000 of taxpayers' money is being awarded to North Staffordshire churches for urgent roof repairs. Buildings set to benefit from the Government scheme include Burslem's Grade II-listed St. Joseph's Catholic Church which is to receive £100,000 and St James' Church, Audley (£31,000).
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