A STOKE-ON-TRENT training provider is set for 400% growth after securing a major new contract worth in excess of £10m. The five-year deal will see APT Health and Safety Training Solutions, based in Hanley, supply training services to the major construction group Kier.
RECORD numbers of families have paid to visit one of Stoke-on-Trent's most popular tourist attractions in the last year. The Trentham Estate recorded 545,000 visits for its Italian Gardens, lake and park in the 12 months up to November 30. This is a rise of 14 per cent compared to the same period the previous year where there were 532,000 paying customers.
The Prince of Wales visited Middleport Pottery in Burslem today to officially open The Prince of Wales Studios. The Pottery received £200,000 from The Prince's Regeneration Trust towards a £9 million conversion. They are designed to offer work spaces to local arts, crafts and ceramic businesses, allowing opportunities to arise for local talent creating 70 new jobs.
FIREFIGHTERS have moved into a new £3.4 million fire station. Leek's new community fire station is part of an upgrade of 10 stations across the county as Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service adapts to dealing with 21st century emergencies. The building, in Springfield Road, replaces the previous fire station on the site, which had been operational since 1971.
NEARLY £2.6 million of Lottery cash has been pledged towards the restoration of one of Stoke-on-Trent's most important buildings. The Heritage Lottery Fund has announced it will support the efforts to restore Burslem's Wedgwood Institute to its former glory.
An asbestos service provider, which counts the likes of Asda and Marks & Spencer as clients, has secured a multimillion-pound cash injection from the Business Growth Fund (BGF). Environmental Essentials is headquartered in Stoke-on-Trent. The £3.2m BGF boost will be used to open a national asbestos training centre in Stoke.
The Chancellor today approved a new Enterprise Zone for Stoke-on-Trent. The Ceramic Valley Enterprise Zone will build on the city's existing growth, via a chain of six enterprise development locations strung along the A500 valley corridor through the city. The new Zone is expected to create over 7,000 new jobs.
New motorcycle store DMC Moto Stoke will officially open its doors on London Road, Stoke-on-Trent for the first time on the 21st November. Four times British Superbike Champion, Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne will be the guest of honour at the official opening. DMC Moto will be the latest addition to the dealer network of the famous Italian motorcycle brand Ducati.
SKATEBOARDERS were 'bowled' over after Europe's largest skateboarding plaza had its £55,000 extension officially opened. Central Forest Park Skate Plaza's new mini-ramp has been completed, allowing skateboarders, BMXers and scooter riders to perfect their tricks in Stoke-on-Trent.
MORE companies were registered in Staffordshire last year than in any other, new figures reveal. There were 6,375 new companies formed in the region in 2015, up from 6,155 the year before, according to the figures from Inform Direct. It represents a 3.6 per cent growth and means there are now a record 44,125 firms in Staffordshire.
KILN furniture manufacturer IPS Ceramics has moved into a new base as it looks set to expand into new global markets. The company has relocated from its former base in Shelton New Road to a modern, high-quality business unit on High Carr Business Park, in Newcastle. The move comes after the firm successfully expanded its technical ceramics portfolio.
A NEW £1.5m unit which will treat patients with eye problems is being opened at Royal Stoke University Hospital. The state-of-the-art Poswillo Cataract Suite will be used by University Hospitals of North Midlands (UHNM) clinicians to perform eye surgery on patients from across Stoke-on-Trent, Stafford and the wider local area.
Autonet Insurance has announced expansion plans which will see the firm creating 200 new jobs in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent over the next twelve months. Some of the jobs have been filled already. But a 176 further vacancies are set be advertised at the company during 2016, across "all sorts of departments".
WORK on a £1 million upgrade at Stoke Station is taking shape ahead of its unveiling next month. Virgin Trains is now intalling an additional entrance at the rear, automatic ticket gates, upgraded information screens, and a new cafe.
A leading Big Data company is moving to Burslem in Stoke-on-Trent. Synectics Solutions has purchased the former Co-op HQ building next to Port Vale F.C. football stadium. The company will convert the building into their international head office, housing 300 staff. Synectics Solutions provide data analysis systems and services for a range of industries in the UK and internationally.
VISITORS to one of the oldest potteries in England can now get a close-up view of the manufacturing process as part of a new tourist attraction. A total of £171,000 has been invested at Hudsons of England, in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, to create a visitor centre complete with viewing windows out into the factory floor.
CASH has been found to build a secure hospital unit in North Staffordshire for people with severe mental health needs. A small psychiatric intensive care unit will be created, as an extension to North Staffordshire's existing Harplands hospital.
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