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

Staffordshire County Council’s Economic Growth Leader, Mark Winnington commented that with sites like i54 South Staffordshire, Redhill in Stafford (pictured above), and Four Ashes, fully occupied or nearly fully occupied, he was confident of more opportunities in the county in the very near future.

At Keele University's Science & Innovation Park, Innovation Centre 5 (IC5), which was part-funded by Staffordshire County Council, is now fully occupied. The latest development – Smart Innovation Hub – is also complete, with the first tenants set to move in soon. Both innovation centres will provide high-value jobs within the area.

(Above: Keele University's latest development, Smart Innovation Hub)

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 figures (West Midlands) - 3.6 per cent - and national - 2.8 per cent.

Mark Winnington added:

“Keele University Science & 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.”

Edited by Josh Heath