A £23million boost from the Government to the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership will support prompt delivery of major growth projects, its chairman has said.

Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced allocations of the £900million Getting Building Fund; with Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire set to receive £23.7million.

LEP chairman Alun Rogers said:

“Our LEP has demonstrated successful delivery of major projects in recent years with backing of both Government and private investment. We have laid the foundations for future growth at numerous sites such as the Ceramic Valley Enterprise Zone, Stafford Western Access Route and i54 South Staffordshire.

“This has been as a result of close collaborative working with our local authority and business partners and it is down to this collective approach that our area has established itself as a leading location to invest and do business.

“Together we have faced the challenge of Covid-19 and partners have continued to work tirelessly to ensure our businesses and communities have been able to access the support they need.

“We’re now looking forward to putting this Government funding to good use in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire to bring long-term benefits to the area and help our economy get back on its feet.”