Looking ahead to 2019 and more major developments

Underpinning everything we all desire is the creation of more better quality jobs for people. Not only does this usually mean higher wages, allowing families to afford and enjoy a better quality of life but it also has a knock on effect on our overall economy, as people spend their money with local businesses.

More evidence of this is the continuing trend of almost full employment we’ve seen throughout 2018 which I have blogged about before. 2018 has been a busy year and the work the County Council does to create the right conditions to attract new business and help existing ones thrive continues.

This involves continuous investment in infrastructure, like major road improvements such as the A50 at Uttoxeter. Investment in key foundations like superfast broadband, housing, schools and more business parks. There’s lots more to be excited about too in 2019 with even more major projects scheduled.

We have the exciting expansion of i54 South Staffordshire which will create an additional 1,700 jobs while the Four Ashes business park is at full occupancy.

In Stafford, Redhill Business Park, also at full occupancy with expanding companies and firms such as Trebor building new premises, is helping to safeguard and create thousands of more jobs over the next decade.

This year will also see the start of construction of the Stafford Western Access Route and Lichfield Southern Bypass. Work on a major £15m highways improvement project in Cannock for a new £160m McArthurGlen Designer Outlet is already underway which I have blogged about before here.

As a county council we have a good story to tell. We’re opening doors for business to thrive and grow. We’re attracting new investment to the county and we are making Staffordshire right for business to improve the lives of everyone living here.

I’d like to wish everyone a Happy and healthy 2019.

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