Three Lions legend launches UK Corporate Games

On Monday evening we saw the launch of the 2015 UK Corporate Games along with legendary goalkeeper and World Cup winner Gordon banks. Gordon is the Sports Patron for next year’s Games which are being held here in the county.

The Games are the world’s largest multi-sport event for businesses, and are taking place in 30 countries across five continents. Last year, more than one million people from 22,000 organisations took part.

It’s great that we are hosting the Games which will give us a fantastic opportunity to showcase our region as a dynamic, forward thinking and productive area where we welcome business, promote growth and support local people to take advantage of our economic prosperity. Any businesses interested in taking part can register or find out more online by searching for UK Corporate Games.

Over the weekend we saw another major milestone in our i54 south Staffordshire project, with the completion of the eastbound slip road onto the motorway junction. The westbound new link roads from the A449 to the motorway at junction two are already open and work is on schedule for opening by the end of November.

This is an important aspect of the site as it provides direct access onto the M54 and the motorway network – a major attraction to businesses which need the best connections possible.

The site is already a thriving business hub with two hi tech companies already established there, Moog and Eurofins. Moog, with 400 skilled employees manufacturing flight control systems and Eurofins, a leading scientific testing and analysis company, where 150 more people work. Later this month we’ll also see the opening of the new JLR engine manufacturing centre.

The winter is almost upon us which usually means more cases of flu., but this year we’re taking part in a national pilot scheme to reduce the number of school children catching it. Over the next few months around 17,000 year 7 and 8 pupils will be offered the free flu vaccination. School nurses will be giving the vaccination through a nasal spray, which to many pupils delight means no needles. As well as protecting pupils themselves, the vaccination will also help to reduce the spread of flu and protect younger siblings, grandparents and others who are at increased risk of becoming seriously ill from flu. We will be working hard with our public health partners to ensure the immunisation programme runs as smoothly as possible, and as many children who are eligible for the vaccine are able to access it.

In the latest HS2 news, I’m pleased to announce that our efforts to lessen the impact of Phase one of the project on our communities are paying off and recommendations we put forward are being taken on board. The changes the Government have agreed to will now see the lowering of the route near at Hints as well as under the A38, West Coast Main Line and South Staffordshire Railway and in the vicinity of the Trent & Mersey Canal and near the village of Hints.

From the outset we have put all our efforts into getting the best deal we can for the whole of Staffordshire. While this is undoubtedly good news our priority is to continue exploring further mitigating options, help win meaningful compensation for those affected and ensure Staffordshire shares in any economic benefits of the scheme.

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