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Stafford Borough Council approve M&S Westbridge Park Store

Westbridge Park

A planning meeting at Stafford Borough Council saw a 9 votes to 3 majority in favour of the plans to develop a new Marks and Spencer food store on Stone’s Westbridge Park. There has been fierce campaigning on both sides over the redevelopment of the Westbridge Park’s leisure facilities but the council always stipulated that leisure facilities would only get ...

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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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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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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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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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Manufacturing Operator

Manufacturing Operator Stone, Staffordshire Temp to Perm position National Living Wage +   My client has a vacancy for a “Machine Operator” to be based in Stone. The role will involve feeding / loading the machines, start up (pre-programmed) and minding. The runs are bespoke and mainly larger scale jobs   Training is provided on their specific machines, though a ...

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Recruitment drive for retained firefighters

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has launched a recruitment drive to boost the number of retained (on call) firefighters for its stations in the west of the county. Retained crew members are being sought at Stone, Eccleshall, Rising Brook, Brewood and Gnosall. Part-time firefighters provide emergency response cover from either their home or work base, which needs to be within five ...

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Staffordshire unemployment claimant figure 1% since last year

Staffordshire’s unemployment claimant figure has been 1% or less since March last year, latest statistics have confirmed. The county has consistently been well below national and regional figures. July’s statistics show Staffordshire with a figure of 0.9% the same as the previous month. Staffordshire currently has the lowest figure of any of the West Midlands strategic council areas. The national ...

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County university tops student satisfaction poll

A university in Staffordshire has topped a student satisfaction poll, proving Staffordshire is the place to study with huge career prospects. Congratulating Keele University on topping the poll in Student Satisfaction amongst Universities in the UK, Staffordshire County Council’s Education Chief Ben Adams said that this was further proof that Staffordshire is a great place to study and live with ...

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