Supporting our local businesses

Good news for our local businesses as round six of the Regional Growth Fund is announced. The fund being supported by the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire LEP is looking for high quality projects that will generate significant private sector investment and help create well paid jobs. We already have a number of local companies benefiting from the fund including Stoke-on-Trent engineering group Goodwin PLC who were awarded £2 million to help the company expand, with 147 jobs due to be created by 2020. The company is building a new facility and 75 of the 125 apprentices scheduled to be trained during the project have already been employed.

Other recent RGF successes include Burntwood-based automotive parts company Maier UK, which could create up to 60 jobs after its successful bid for a new research and development project to develop new products. Round six will be open to private sector bidders seeking £1 million or more who have until 30 September to submit their bids.

More good news for people in Stafford around the beacon business development with works now complete on the busy junction on the A518 east of Stafford. The Business Park extension is an important project for us that could potentially create up to 2,000 jobs and has been made possible by a partnership between ourselves and the developer ISE Estates. With the roadworks funded through Local Pinch Point Fund now complete, major development on site can now start which will triple the park’s size.

During the week, we announced the news that Nick Bell, our Chief Executive would be leaving the Council and moving onto pastures new. Nick has been with us since 2010 and during that time has made a huge contribution to the organisation, improving our services and making efficiency savings, while leading us through some very challenging times.

It has been a pleasure working closely with Nick over the last four years and I’m sure people will join me in thanking him and wishing him well in his next endeavour.

Thanks to Nick’s commitment to innovation, doing things differently, delivering excellent services, while giving value for money for residents we are now recognised as a Council that is leading the way in many areas. Nick will be leaving the Council in October, but until then will continue to lead us as we continue our work in helping people lead happier and healthier lives while giving people access to jobs and the chance to prosper.

Now closer to home for me, it’s pleasing to see that work to Uttoxeter’s leisure centre is on schedule to be completed which will give people a great opportunity to stay fit and healthy.

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