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County business sites creating more skilled jobs

Business sites across Staffordshire are continuing to create skilled and better paid jobs as the county maintains near full employment.

Staffordshire County Council’s economic growth leader Mark Winnington said that with sites like i54 South Staffordshire, Redhill in Stafford and Four Ashes fully occupied or nearly fully occupied, he was confident of more opportunities in the future.

At Keele University Science and Innovation and Science Park, its Innovation Centre Number 5, which was part-funded by the county council, is now fully occupied. The latest development – Smart Innovation Hub – is complete with the first tenants set to move in soon. Both centres provide high-value jobs.

Latest statistics issued today show that just 1.9 per cent of the county’s population claim out of work benefits, lower than both regional (3.6 per cent) and national (2.8 per cent) figures.

Mark Winnington added: “Keele University Science and Innovation Park is one of our flagship sites for high-value research and development employment. We have a strong established partnership with the university and supported the construction of both IC5 and the Smart Innovation Hub.

“It is encouraging to see IC5 now fully occupied and the Smart Innovation Hub about to receive its first tenants. This demonstrates our commitment, together with partners, to supporting the creation of better skilled, better paid jobs for Staffordshire people.”