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Quarrying Protection Plan Makes Progress

An independent inspector has approved plans to protect local communities and the environment during future quarrying in Staffordshire. Over the next 15 years, the Minerals Local Plan shows how local communities and the environment will be protected and where sand, gravel and other minerals will come from. The plan, which was formed after a two year consultation with local communities and ...

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Local apprenticeships see sharp increase

Tom Hassall

21-year-old Tom Hassall from Stone is a Level 2 Highways Maintenance apprentice with Amey. Tom, who’s one year into his apprenticeship said: “I love my apprenticeship and love the work I do. I enjoy being hands on and working outside so a job in highways maintenance is perfect for me and every day is different. The best thing about my ...

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Advent Windows for 2016 – Come and Look!

Stone Advent Calendar 2016

The community of Stone is set to come together again throughout December as the town is transformed into a giant Advert Calendar.  Entering its 7th year this years theme is Advent Alphabet. This modern day tradition is a real community event which if you haven’t experienced it before make sure you have a look at our stories, photos and videos ...

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Santa’s coming to Stone – 2016 tour dates

Santa

Santa Claus is coming to town, as Stone Round Table reveal the 2016 tour dates for this years charity drive. Father Christmas, and his Sleigh, will be completing the annual charity fund raising tour throughout December.  Stone Round Table and Santa have a special relationship that means the residents of Stone get a sneak preview of Santa before he sets ...

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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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