New business developments in the pipeline for Staffordshire

New business developments in the pipeline for Staffordshire

A commitment to deliver three major business development projects that could potentially create thousands of jobs is set to be agreed by the county council’s cabinet.

Approval would allow design and project management of the developments to begin at Keele University Science and Innovation Park and infrastructure work at Chatterley Valley and at the former Royal Ordnance factory site in Featherstone, South Staffordshire.

Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership chairman David Frost CBE said: “These developments are great illustrations of how we are working together across the public and private sectors to bring jobs and sustained growth to our area. 

“Development is really picking up pace and it is clear that Staffordshire is proving an increasingly attractive place for businesses to locate and to grow. This is a can-do county, and we have an unbeatable combination of a central UK location, great development sites and a skilled, enthusiastic workforce.”

In the north of Staffordshire, plans for a sixth business innovation centre at Keele University have been announced, with the aim that it will bring more skilled jobs in the high technology sector and provide high quality space for new innovative businesses, start-ups and tech entrepreneurs.

Potential additional investment would also provide new facilities for Keele University Management School and the Mercia Centre for Innovation Leadership. 

Dr Mark Bacon, Director of Engagement and Partnerships at Keele University, said: “We are delighted that Staffordshire County Council is looking to continue its partnership with Keele in order to further develop the opportunities available for local businesses.

“Our Science and Innovation Park offers access to world-renowned research, state-of-the-art facilities and highly-skilled academics and graduates, all of which can aid businesses in developing new products and services.  Through the county council’s investment, we can support the growth of more businesses and help to bring more high value jobs into the local area.”

At nearby Chatterley Valley plans to begin the process of creating the roads to enable major business development could be approved next week. The 94-acre site lies within the Ceramic Valley Enterprise Zone which will make it attractive to investors.

In South Staffordshire, the county council is planning to bring the 90-acre former Royal Ordnance munitions factory site into commercial use.