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21st Mar: West Midlands unemployment total falls by 9,000

The unemployment total in the West Midlands fell by 9,000 to 141,000 in the three months to January 2018. Nationally unemployment was 127,000 lower than a year ago, and is now at a record low for men aged 25 to 34. But the new ONS figures show that unemployment rose by 555 people across Staffordshire, to a total of 6,500.

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13th Mar: Office space at Smithfield is fully occupied

13th Mar: Office space at Smithfield is fully occupied | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it
Office space at Stoke-on-Trent's flagship Smithfield development will soon reach full occupancy. 300 high-skilled workers are set to move in to the city centre offices. Stoke-on-Trent City Council has signed up the Davies Group, which will take up two floors in Two Smithfield.
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6th Mar: The Silent Child wins at the Oscars

6th Mar: The Silent Child wins at the Oscars | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

A locally-made film has won an Oscar. The short film The Silent Child was shot in Staffordshire and some areas of Stoke-on-Trent, is centred around a young deaf girl played by six-year-old Maisie Sly.

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24th Jan: Stoke College awarded £1m funding

24th Jan: Stoke College awarded £1m funding | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it
Local apprenticeships are set for an expansion, after Stoke-on-Trent College secured more than £1 million of taxpayer funding.
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6th Dec: Staffordshire hits the 1%

The unemployment claimant count figure for Staffordshire now sits at just one per cent of the population.

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23rd Nov: Stoke City F.C. double their annual profit to £4.9m

23rd Nov: Stoke City F.C. double their annual profit to £4.9m | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

Stoke City Football Club has revealed a big boost in profits. Pre-tax profit for the year to 31 May 2017 more than doubled to £4.9 million from £2.1 million the previous year. This came on turnover of £136 million, up from £104.2 million.

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7th Nov: Tech muscle helps Stoke's bet365 firm break the £2 billion revenue mark

Stoke-on-Trent's independent online betting firm bet365 has surpassed the £2 billion revenue mark, as reported in its 2016/17 corporate accounts. bet365 is based in Etruria, in the centre of Stoke-on-Trent, and its growth has helped to strongly boost the city's tech skills base and graduate retention.

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19th Oct: Jaguar Land Rover plans new £40m base in North Staffordshire

Luxury car maker Jaguar Land Rover has revealed plans for a new £40 million facility at Stone Business Park. The major storage depot will become a base for 6,500 vehicles and create up to 75 jobs.

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2nd Oct: Stoke-on-Trent is a 'Help to Buy' hotspot

2nd Oct: Stoke-on-Trent is a 'Help to Buy' hotspot | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

Stoke-on-Trent is a 'Help to Buy' hotspot, with 63pc of new homes bought using the scheme.

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17th Aug: Rural North Staffordshire stations to keep direct Euston rail link - and also get direct link to Birmingham Airport

17th Aug: Rural North Staffordshire stations to keep direct Euston rail link - and also get direct link to Birmingham Airport | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

The new Crewe to London Euston franchise service will stop at Alsager, Kidsgrove, Stoke-on-Trent and Stone from Dec 2018, West Midlands Trains has confirmed. The new service will still go into Euston but by a different route. The new route from North Staffordshire will also offer a direct service to Birmingham Airport.

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1st Aug: Great Grounds launches Stoke-on-Trent learning centre

1st Aug: Great Grounds launches Stoke-on-Trent learning centre | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

Landscape contractor Great Grounds has expanded with a new interactive learning centre in North Staffordshire. Located on a 25-acre site on Tickhill Lane in Stoke-on-Trent, Great Grounds Education & Business Centre will teach youngsters vocational skills covering landscaping, woodland management, path construction, drystone walling and pond creation.

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29th July: Dig this! JCB wins £55 MILLION order

29th July: Dig this! JCB wins £55 MILLION order | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

North Staffordshire firm JCB has secured one of its biggest-ever deals in the UK – an order for 1,200 machines and a range of generators worth more than £55 million.

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25th July: 150 new jobs in the pots!

25th July: 150 new jobs in the pots! | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

Up to 150 jobs are being created with the opening of a new distribution centre which will send some of Stoke-on-Trent's biggest pottery brands around the world. The new recruits will work at a newly-constructed 210,000 sq-ft warehouse at Sideway in Stoke-on-Trent. Construction work on the new warehouse for Wedgwood and Royal Doulton was completed this week.

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14th Mar: Stoke's Ceramic Valley Enterprise Zone to be 'lit up' with Giga-speed internet access.

Businesses in Stoke's central Ceramic Valley Enterprise Zone (aka Etruria Valley) will soon benefit from a pilot project offering Gigabit broadband connectivity. The city already has a 'dark fibre' network laid in underground ducts, and this optical fibre will soon start being 'lit up' by the city's newly-appointed contractor VXFIBER.

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No timetable has been announced for the Ceramic Valley, but UK companies will soon be able to take advantage of the government's new £67m broadband voucher scheme which will offer £3,000 grants to SMEs to set up giga-speed connections.
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9th Mar: JCB creating 600 jobs to meet unprecedented demand

9th Mar: JCB creating 600 jobs to meet unprecedented demand | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it
JCB say unprecedented global demand for their equipment will see the creation of 600 new jobs over the next three months – with around 200 available for an immediate start.
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16th Feb: New £5m action plan to 'zap' Staffordshire potholes

16th Feb: New £5m action plan to 'zap' Staffordshire potholes | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

Staffordshire County Council has announced a new £5m investment in four pothole “zapping” velocity patching machines. The machines working alongside traditional crews to tackle more potholes in the county.

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19th Jan: Academy Trust plan published for Stoke-on-Trent

19th Jan: Academy Trust plan published for Stoke-on-Trent | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

Delivery plans have been announced for six "opportunity areas" which will improve schools in parts of the UK, including Stoke-on-Trent. This is part of £45 million of new funding for successful multi-academy trusts, to help improve underperforming schools.

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6th Dec: JCB's production plants set for record high in 2017

"North Staffordshire digger giant JCB expects its production plants to build a record 70,000 machines globally during 2017, according to a briefing given to West Midlands-based Confederation of British Metalforming (CBM)."

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15th Nov: Another jobs boost for the unemployed in Stoke and North Staffordshire

"The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in North Staffordshire is falling. The latest figures, from the Office of National Statistics (ONS), show that 3,580 people in Stoke-on-Trent claimed the unemployment benefit in October down from 3,750 the previous month. In Newcastle-under-Lyme, claimant numbers fell from 1,100 in September to 1,035 last month and in the Staffordshire Moorlands, the figure decreased from 490 to 480 last month."

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6th Nov: Stoke-on-Trent firm lands largest slice of new £40m Royal Navy contract

6th Nov: Stoke-on-Trent firm lands largest slice of new £40m Royal Navy contract | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

BAE Systems has awarded Goodwins Steel Castings of Stoke-on-Trent a major contract for the manufacturing of the Royal Navy's new Type 26 Global Combat Ships. Goodwins has landed one of the largest contracts in a new £40m round of commissions. Goodwins Managing Director, Steven Birks said: "We are delighted to have been selected to supply the critical duty steel castings for the Royal Navy’s first three City Class Type 26 Global Combat Ships. By engaging early with BAE Systems our engineering teams have developed castings that will exceed the stringent technical requirements set out in the tender, and will be manufactured from our advanced facilities here in Stoke-on-Trent." The ships entered their first phase of manufacturing in July, boosting the number of British jobs supported by the programme to over 4,500.

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2nd Oct: New education boost announced - Stoke-on-Trent to benefit

2nd Oct: New education boost announced - Stoke-on-Trent to benefit | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

School teachers will get last year's student loan payments back under a pilot scheme, if they teach in one of 24 local authority areas, including Stoke-on-Trent. The pilot was announced by Education Secretary Justine Greening, and is part of a wider package aimed at improving recruitment and retention. The initial focus will be on science and language teachers.

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31st Aug: JCB invests £7.5m in recruiting 168 apprentices and graduates

Staffordshire digger-maker JCB has today announced the recruitment of almost 170 apprentices and graduates as part of a £7.5 million investment.

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2nd Aug: Keele University plugs in £15m to make its campus into Europe's largest 'Smart Grid Test Bed'

Keele University in Staffordshire, United Kingdom has received £15m funding to create the largest smart grid test bed of its kind anywhere in Europe. The 5-year project will turn the campus into a living laboratory where new energy-efficient and low-carbon technologies can be researched, developed and tested in a real-world environment.
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30th July: Stoke-on-Trent has one of highest fertility rates in the country

30th July: Stoke-on-Trent has one of highest fertility rates in the country | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

Stoke-on-Trent has one of the highest fertility rates in the country, latest statistics reveal. The figures from the Office for National Statistics reveal there were 3,499 babies born in the city last year.

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Neighbouring Newcastle-under-Lyme has one of the lowest rates, but what the newspaper doesn't say is that those figures must be being artificially depressed by the thousands of unmarried student nurses working at the NHS mega-hospital.
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25th July: £1.2m apprentice training centre unveiled in the Staffordshire Moorlands

25th July: £1.2m apprentice training centre unveiled in the Staffordshire Moorlands | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

A £1.2m training centre has been unveiled in Staffordshire to help prepare the next generation of apprentices for major businesses. The new hi-tech facility will deliver the JCB Academy's apprenticeship training programmes and teach future apprentices all the latest industry skills, including computer aided design and mechatronics.

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