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Learnings from LGA Conference 

16 Jul 18

The Local Government Association Conference (LGA) in Birmingham last week was, as always, an opportunity to learn and to understand what is going on across the country in our sector.


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County’s growth plans In front of Select Committee 

13 Jul 18

This week we will see a renewed focus on the County Council’s efforts to boost the economy, deliver major business investment projects and create nearly 20,000 jobs by 2024.


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Enjoying the hot weather and staying safe 

11 Jul 18

I’m sure most people have been enjoying the hot weather over the past few weeks and with it expected to continue, we’ve issued some advice on making the most of it and staying safe.


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Showcasing £70m regional partnership to support local businesses 

2 Jul 18

Last week we got the chance to showcase exciting plans to support over 1,000 innovative businesses as part of a regional collaboration to Small Business Minister, Andrew Griffiths MP The New Keele Deal is enabling businesses to access Keele …


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Congratulations to Matt Biggs, and an update on Network Staffordshire 

2 Jul 18

I couldn’t begin this week’s entry with any other subject than to congratulate Matt Biggs on being recognised at a national level as local government’s Rising Star of the Year.


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Foster Carers Thanked at Long Service Awards 

27 Jun 18

Earlier this month, over 100 foster carers and members of the fostering team gathered for our Fostering long service awards to celebrate the amazing work that our army of foster carers do every day.


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Major engineering works in Burton 

25 Jun 18

People who live or work in Burton will be interested to hear that our major engineering project to future proof Burton Bridge is now underway and on schedule.


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Leading and managing change 

25 Jun 18

I went to a number of events last week which centred on leading and managing change, and they have set me thinking.


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Welcoming back the UK Corporate Games 

21 Jun 18

While we’re incredibly proud that Staffordshire was able to play its role in helping the England squad in their pre World Cup training at St.


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Do please be deer aware! 

19 Jun 18

Whist out and about on Sunday 17th June 2018, I came upon deer at Chasewater and at Cannock Chase who were either heavily pregnant or who had young fawns – cute as they are, this is a time to give the new mums and babies plenty of respectful, quiet…


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Conducting a Peer Challenge in Gloucestershire 

18 Jun 18

I spent last week in Gloucestershire as part of the Peer Challenge for the County Council.


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Above and beyond at Chasewater again – and a closer look at the dam house 

17 Jun 18

It’s always nice to see local drone photography and I’m very pleased and honoured to share this set fro former Brownhills lad Steve Martin, whose incredible and high quality work I’ve featured here before.


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Staffordshire’s growing economy 

14 Jun 18

The latest unemployment figures issued this week show that only 1.3 per cent of the local working age population here in Staffordshire is claiming out of work benefits and it has been the same over the last three months.


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MBEs and BEMs for Staffordshire residents 

11 Jun 18

Firstly, a huge congratulations to everyone who was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours over the weekend.


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Doing things differently and giving children the best start in life 

7 Jun 18

The County Council is always looking for new innovative ideas and finding new, more efficient ways of doing things.


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Get some Iron, man – annual triathlon hits Chasewater and South Staffordshire this Sunday 

7 Jun 18

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that this Sunday (June 10th 2018), the fourth Staffordshire Ironman 70.3 Triathlon will be staged, with a 1.2 mile early morning swim in Chasewater being amongst the highlights IRONMAN 70.3 …


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Remembering D-Day. 

5 Jun 18

Today is D-Day (well it was during the war) Our Dad was in the South Staffs Pioneer Corps, which I have found out were part of The Royal Engineers.


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The fall and rise: Fixing a hole in the cut begins 

5 Jun 18

Following the sudden and unexpected drop in water level of the canal through Brownhills, and the Wyrley and Essignton Canal as a whole, top Canal and River Trust operatives have isolated the leak in the canal bed at Stoney Lane, Little Bloxwich with …


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Ironman 70.3 

4 Jun 18

If you enjoy your sporting events, then this Sunday is the IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire triathlon which for the first time will finish in the centre of Stafford.


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County Show, Future First Events and Childcare Success 

4 Jun 18

It’s been the week of the Staffordshire Agricultural Show and it was a great pleasure to spend a couple of hours walking around the stands and watching some of the judging of the animals in their competition classes.


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Chasewater Railway Made in Staffordshire Gala this weekend! 

26 May 18

Sorry again for the late notice but I note Chasewater Railway have their Made in Staffordshire 50th Anniversary Gala this spring Bank Holiday weekend (Saturday 26th through to Monday 28th May 2018), with loads of steam and diesel heritage traction …


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Got time to foster? 

24 May 18

This month we’re celebrating Foster Care Fortnight,  which is the annual celebration of the amazing difference that foster families make to children’s lives every day.


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Huge welcome to England squad as they arrive in Staffordshire 

22 May 18

With just less than a month to go until the start of the World Cup in Russia, it was great to be able to welcome the England squad to St George’s Park were they kick off their training.


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The relationship between the private and public sectors 

21 May 18

I was invited to speak this week at a dinner of the New Local Government Network, one of the leading think tanks in our sector.


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Urgent! Please look out for these stolen motorbikes 

20 May 18

Images posted on Facebook by Stacey Woodfull Hey folks – please be on the lookout for these stolen motorbikes/quads, taken last night Saturday 19th/Sunday 20th May 2018 from Brownhills West and a separate incident in Norton East Road, Norton Canes…