Investing in jobs for the county

I was on the BBC’s Politics Show on Sunday from Bradwell Community Hospital in Newcastle talking about the work we have done around the integration of our health and social care services. There’s a lot of national discussions of how services can work together to provide more seamless, cost effective  services to patients and as we have already done it, many are looking to learn from our example.

There’s more good news again this month as we’ve seen the fifth consecutive monthly fall in the number of people in Staffordshire claiming job seekers’ allowance with at the same time our own news on what we are doing to bring more jobs to the county.

The latest figures come on the back of our work at Beacon Business Park in Stafford which is set to begin, backed by the Council and the Local Enterprise Partnership.  Further good news follows as an anchor business has also been secured for the new IC5 development at Keele Science and Business Park which is a joint project between the County Council and Keele University.  Work at the Redhill industrial park at the north of Stafford by the A34 is also making good progress, all destined to attract new jobs to the area. Once these sites are occupied, we will also see even more jobs created in the supply chain.

Continuing on the jobs front it’s great to hear that the government have invested £69 million in Start-Up Loans and New Enterprise Allowances to help entrepreneurs get their businesses started.  This will complement our already very successful Small Business Loan Scheme which we set up four years ago with BCRS.

Some of you may already be aware that our county town of Stafford has been celebrating its 1100 year anniversary of its foundation in the days of Alfred the Great and the Viking threat. To celebrate this our Archives team and volunteers have put together a unique exhibition of records and documents tracing the town’s history back through the years.

Archives on display at the Stafford – A Proper Little Town exhibition range from a first-hand account of the visit of Elizabeth I to Stafford, the description of the brutal execution of the priest Robert Sutton, to photographs of the lost pubs of Stafford.  It’s well worth a visit and will be at the records office on Eastgate Street until 4 October.

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