Paying tribute to Stephen Sutton

Stephen Sutton was an incredible young man and last week was the first anniversary of his untimely death.  His story touched the hearts of the nation and on Thursday, people in his home town of Burntwood tied yellow ribbons around the town to mark his anniversary.

Stephen raised a staggering £4.5m for his charity the Teenage Cancer Trust which has been used to fund specialist units in hospitals, training for nurses and support staff and establishing support networks.  We will never forget Stephen and what he achieved in his short life.

Several of our tourism businesses got the chance to shine at this year’s Visit England Tourism Awards.  Well done to Simply Staffordshire from Denstone who were highly commended as Tourism Information Provider.  Congratulations also to Colton House B&B near Rugeley, who won Gold in the accommodation provider of the year and Gladstone Pottery museum who won bronze in the small attraction category in the same awards.  Again, this is more proof that Staffordshire is a great place to visit and stay, with top quality facilities.

We also got the fantastic news this month that Jaguar Land Rover is looking to expand its operations at i54 South Staffordshire. The Planned expansion at its engine production facility and the creation of more jobs will be great for the area and the county’s economic growth.  This highlights how well the company is doing and is positive to see the additional investment at the site.  We will be working closely with the company and local residents through the planning process.

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