Showcasing the best of Staffordshire at this year’s MIPIM UK event

It’s business as usual for our Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent inward investment team as they once again prepare to showcase our area to businesses and developers from across the UK and internationally.

This week’s event at MIPIM UK at the Olympia in London, is an important one to be at, as it is the country’s largest exhibition and conference for property professionals.  Staff along with the Local Enterprise Partnership will be promoting our many business development sites and highlighting why high quality companies big and small are locating here in Staffordshire.

We are already home to global leaders like Jaguar Land Rover and JCB, but we are now attracting more and more smaller firms in our key sector industries at our new innovation sites like Keele.  As I have mentioned before, we have invested over £600m in new business parks, road and rail improvements so that the county continues to be a magnet for thriving enterprise, be it pioneering start-ups or global high-flyers. Staffordshire is very much a ‘business-class’ location.

The reason why is simple, at the same time we have invested heavily in skills development and specialist training facilities to ensure that Staffordshire people can continue to access better jobs and feel the benefits of economic growth.  This month’s jobseekers figures for Staffordshire remain at an all-time low and are testament to the work being done to attract more better paid jobs.

Good news too for parents and children in my division at Rocester, as work has started on a brand new development that will bring two local schools together under the one roof.

The new £7million school will see Ryecroft CE Middle School and Dove First School brought together in the same building, while still remaining as separate schools.  The project will provide a wonderful new facility for both pupils and teachers, allowing staff to share expertise and resources, as well as allowing an easier transition for children from one school up to the other.

The move will then allow JCB to acquire the 11 acre Ryecroft School site, which is next to their headquarters.  The acquisition will help to move on its previously announced expansion projects, which include plans to develop a new in-house training facility to support apprenticeship and graduate training programmes.  This is further evidence of the work going on across the county to make sure people have the skills needed for these better paid jobs of the future that I have spoken about earlier.

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