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24 million visitors generate £1.2billion for Staffordshire

Latest figures on Staffordshire’s tourism economy published today prove that the county remains a popular destination amongst visitors. 2015 saw the county’s busiest year with over 24 million people, from home and abroad, enjoyed day or overnight trips to Staffordshire. This helped generate over £1.2 billion in direct spend on accommodation, entertainment, travel, shopping and food & drink. In addition to ...

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Staffordshire Tourism Industry gets European Boost

Staffordshire’s tourism industry has landed a £500,000 investment to help increase the availability of beds for travellers in the area. The European Union development grant is being used in a three year project submitted by the Destination Staffordshire Partnership. It is hoped that over 100 existing small and medium businesses will benefit from the investment to support the creation of ...

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New equipment marks start of expansion plans for Panda Press

ALBOS website sponsors, Stone printing and design firm Panda Press, has begun a two-year programme of investment and expansion thanks to the purchase of new ‘state-of-the-art’ equipment. Panda Press has just invested £80,000 in a new automated creaser, perforator, slitter and stitching line in their print finishing department, which will allow the team to improve turnaround times as well as ...

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Interest Free Loans Available to Growing Local Firms

Loan Application

Expanding businesses in Stone and Staffordshire may be eligible for interest free loans to support plans & create new jobs. Firms are being invited to apply for the latest round of finance available from Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership’s Growing Places Fund, to help finance any plans to buying or constructing new buildings, refurbishing existing premises, improving access or introducing environmental ...

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Cotwalton board the information superhighway

Superfast Broadband

Households and businesses in Cotwalton have made a giant leap towards joining the information superhighway thanks to a ground-breaking agreement which will deliver some of the fastest broadband speeds in the country. Cotwalton residents joined forces to find a way of getting high-speed broadband after finding out their community was not part of any current fibre broadband roll-out plans. The ...

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Grants available to help businesses grow through energy efficiency

Green Energy

Grants of up to £10,000 are now available to Staffordshire businesses to support their growth through greater energy efficiency and help to cut carbon emissions.  Staffordshire County Council is leading the challenge to cut 1,000 tonnes of CO2 by businesses through advice, support and grant funding. Both capital and revenue grants will enable investment to help make businesses low carbon ...

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Recruitment experts offer free CV workshop

Newcastle-under-Lyme based Brampton Recruitment is offering a free CV workshop day on Saturday October 1st from 9.30am. This one-off Saturday workshop is open to all job seekers in Staffordshire who want to improve their chances of job application success.  On the day, their friendly team can help job hunters revamp their CVs to do just that. They will also be ...

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ABB Stone Apprentice Shortlisted for Prestigious National Award

Josh Barber, an apprentice at Stone Based ABB, has been named as a finalist in the Institution of Engineering and Technology Achievement Awards In a nationwide competition to recognise the best & brightest apprentices & technicians, Josh Barber from Newcastle Under Lyme is now set to join other finalists at a prestigious awards ceremony hosted by TV presenter and engineer Kate Bellingham ...

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Near Full Employment Makes Businesses Optimistic

With near full employment continuing in the county, businesses are taking a positive & optimistic view on the future, and are taking on staff & forecasting profitability. Last week, Spanish automotive parts supplier Gestamp announced its decision to build a £70 million new facility in Staffordshire, and it’s being seen as a big vote of confidence in the local economy ...

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