Staffordshire people recognised for their contributions to their local community

I would like to pass on my thanks and Congratulations to our worthy British Empire Medal winners for their invaluable contributions to real work volunteering in their local communities. Mrs Marie Nash for services to the community of Branston, Kevin Lee for services to Policing, Peter Beardmore for services to Motorcycling in North Staffordshire and Edward Sharkey for services to the community of Barton-under-Needwood. Staffordshire relies heavily on its volunteers and it’s great to see so many get the recognition they deserve for their invaluable contributions to their local communities.

Last week we saw yet another drop in the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s allowance.  Claims in Staffordshire have dropped to a seven year low of 1.1 per cent compared to the national average of 2.1 per cent.  This is hugely encouraging and proves again our work to bring jobs and growth to the county is paying off.  Our continuing investment in business parks, infrastructure projects and upskilling people along with the recent growth deal we secured is getting us national recognition as a county that delivers better paid jobs for its people.

The Lichfield Park scheme is another exciting project that is expected to create 1,000 jobs and provide a significant boost for the whole area.  I’m sure our economy will continue to grow even stronger, allowing people to lead the lives they want, be healthier, happier, and more independent.

Applications for IRONKIDS Staffordshire opened last week and no doubt we will have entries flooding in with keen youngsters wanting to be part of the event.  The event will make sure that the whole family gets a taste of the IRONMAN experience, giving kids the chance to take part in a 5km or 2.5km race depending on their age. The full IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire proved incredibly popular selling out in fourteen minutes. This is another good event helping to keep families active and healthy by example as well as participation with both events taking place next June which will see thousands of participants and visitors flock to the county. You can book your place on

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