Stoke Staffs LEP

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Strategy and progress

A strong economy is vital for the long term future of Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire and the only way to achieve this is to support business.

If businesses are successful they will enjoy increased profits, invest more and create more jobs. This in turn will lower unemployment, increase the opportunities available for local people and raise the standards of living – which, in turn, means that local people will spend more with local businesses and so the cycle continues.

To create the right climate for business in the region, the LEP is focused on:

  • Stimulating enterprise, innovation and inward investment
  • Bringing forward key employment sites
  • Supporting towns, city and service centre developments
  • Building on existing industrial sectors and those with future potential for growth
  • Developing a well skilled workforce to meet current and future labour market needs
  • Ensuring appropriate housing to meet the needs to current and future workforce
  • Developing and improving infrastructure to promote connectivity and mobility

Strategic Economic Plan

Our Strategic Economic Plan was developed through a series of workshops and programme of research undertaken by consultants Regeneris, by partners, Local Authorities, and in-house. A series of events was held during the development phase which involved a range of business and other partners to discuss the headline issues and identify priorities. In addition, the review was discussed at events held by partners when their views were sought.

This work led to the development of a draft document which was circulated widely with business and partners for comment and input. The Local Authorities also undertook a complementary evidence review which has been published and was similarly the subject of a series of workshops.

In November 2017 the final draft was the subject of a consultation exercise which was promoted extensively through newsletters, representative organisations, direct contact and social media. The responses to this consultation resulted in further amendments before the final document was published in April 2018.

The SEP sets our overall strategy for the area. This is now been taken forwards in the development of the Local Industrial Strategy.

Throughout the year we hold events to test our assumptions, learn and improve in discussion with businesses.

Read our Strategic Economic Plan here: SSLEP – Strategic Economic Plan – April 2018

How are we doing?


Information in this section is updated quarterly

1. Ceramic Valley Enterprise Zone

What is it?

CVEZ has an ambition to provide growth opportunities for modern industries that will provide high quality jobs for local people. The CVEZ is expected to facilitate the growth from traditional industries to cutting-edge globally competitive sectors. Industries expected to deliver that growth are: technical ceramics, traditional ceramics, engineering, sustainable-energy, technical and high-end manufacturing.

CVEZ is a three-mile long corridor within which are six largely cleared individual sites with over 140 hectares of net developable land, all benefiting from Assisted Area status. The CVEZ programme of activity involves public and private sector investment to open up these sites. The sites within the CVEZ comprise (from North to South):

Tunstall Arrow: An 8.8 Ha brownfield site owned by Network Space, entirely clear and investment-ready;

Chatterley Valley East: An 18.2 Ha site owned mainly by RJC Regeneration and Churchill. An entirely clear brownfield site except for the Genesis Enterprise Centre, which has ambitious expansion plans;

Chatterley Valley West: A 38 Ha site owned by Harworth Estates, situated in Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough.;

Highgate/Ravensdale: A 38.3 Ha brownfield site owned by Land Recovery and CW Clowes Developments, largely clear but requiring some additional remediation and access works;

Etruria Valley: A 31.3 Ha brownfield site largely owned by Stoke-on-Trent Regeneration Ltd. (a joint venture between St Modwen and Stoke-on-Trent City Council). The site is clear and has early phases nearing completion. This is the SSLEP’s priority employment site, and is currently benefiting from investment in significant road infrastructure largely as a result of the SSLEP Growth Deal;

Cliffe Vale: A 6.2 Ha brownfield site largely owned by Stoke-on-Trent City Council, which is mostly clear.

What will it deliver?

By 2020 it is estimated the CVEZ will deliver:

    • A net land value uplift equivalent to £39.3 million;
    • 140 Ha of brownfield land reclaimed
    • 308,000 sqm of additional employment floorspace.
    • Approximately 6,700 jobs on site

Latest update:

  • There has been significant progress on Tunstall South, which was completed at the end of September. Construction is ongoing on Highgate Ravensdale, Tile Mountain Phase 2 is under construction and the Trade park has the second terrace of five units under construction.
  • 665 jobs have been created to date.

2. Stoke-on-Trent District Heat Network (City Deal)

City Deal Investment = £19.75m (Stoke-on-Trent City Council)

What is it?

A pioneering programme to bring a network of sustainable, low carbon and low cost heat energy to Stoke-on-Trent.

In 2015, the LEP was successful in securing £19.75m of City Deal funding to help to deliver the infrastructure for a low carbon District Heat Network (DHN).  A DHN is a system of underground pipes that will deliver heat via hot water between an energy centre and the buildings connected to the network. The scheme will harness heat from low carbon sources such as deep geothermal energy, Energy from Waste (EfW) which will be transferred through a system of heat exchangers into the network. The heat energy from the hot water circulating in the network will be delivered to customers through heat exchangers in their premises.

Initially the heat energy will be supplied to larger commercial and public sector premises over time the aim is to connect to a wider variety of premises including blocks of flats and clusters of houses across the city.

Benefits to customers will include:

  • No need for traditional boiler(s).
  • More efficient energy supply in a directly useable form.
  • Reduction on carbon tax.
  • Minimal maintenance of the system once installed.
  • No risk of carbon monoxide.

What will it deliver?

    • Economic, social and environmental benefits
    • Total scheme benefits of £76.1m with up to 229 direct jobs.
    • 550 indirect safeguarded and created jobs valued at a further £63.5m. 10% cost saving for domestic heat customers
    • 400 houses and 578 flats taken out of fuel poverty. Up to 12,526 tonnes of CO² per annum saved valued at £2.7m p.a.

Latest Update:

  • The construction of the DHN started ahead of schedule in autumn 2017 and the first section of approximately 2km of pipes is now installed in the University Quarter of the city. This first section should be operational from later this autumn and, following successful rigorous testing, will allow for the first customer to be connected. Temporary heating and pumping equipment will be installed at the site of the energy centre which will be delivered and operational before the end of the year. The emphasis of works in this area will switch to local supply pipes and customer connections, while planned delivery of the balance of the main will continue working outwards from this first phase. Full network construction works are scheduled to complete around 2021

3. Keele Smart Energy Network (City Deal)

City Deal Investment = £5.00m (Keele University)

What is it?

The University of Keele is the largest campus university in the UK, serviced by its own private utility network to support a wide range of business, academic, residential and leisure users. This mix of uses, ownership of a private network, an established range of renewable energy sources and the scale of the campus, allied to the university’s expertise in sustainability and green technologies, offers a unique opportunity to develop an at-scale demonstrator for smart energy technologies. The Smart Energy Network Demonstrator (SEND) is the first of its kind in the UK and will provide a wide range of UK-based organisations with the ability to test and evaluate new technologies (as well as processes and business models) in a live, single-owner environment, by connecting the technologies to a smart energy network and assessing their performance in a range of energy demand scenarios. This will ultimately play a key role in enabling these developers to take their technologies along the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) scale through to full commercialisation and sale in global markets. Evidence from a recent market assessment for SEND also highlights an appetite amongst distributed network operators, aggregators and electricity suppliers to work together on the site in order to develop and test software, processes and to understand product roll-out.

What will it deliver?

    • 440 jobs by 2021 (120 construction, 20 permanent, 300 indirect)
    • 8,731 tonnes CO² saved

Latest Update:

  • Main works progressing well with Horwood Energy Centre planning approval obtained, design team procured and in a position to award main building works tender subject to Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government approval.
  • 17 RD&I projects have been formally agreed with Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire SMEs, 10 to be delivered by Keele
  • The supply chain development programme has delivered business/innovation support to 41 Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire SMEs

4. Adult Skills Budget Pilot (City Deal)

City Deal Investment = No capital expenditure (Staffordshire County Council)

What is it?

Funding Incentive Pilots were announced by the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills in 2013. Their aim is to encourage provision to align to local skills needs as identified by Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and to forge active partnerships between skills providers and LEPs.  Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire LEP has been selected to develop one of three pilot models.

SSLEP has identified providers who deliver significant levels of skills provision within the LEP area and have undertaken a baselining and planning phase with those providers. The review and planning approach was extended to the whole college curriculum offer, including 16-18 and Apprenticeships delivery in 2015/16.

What will it deliver?

    • By the end of 2018, a new Skills strategic governance system will have been implemented which will monitor the alignment of post-16 provision with LEP priorities and areas of need.

Latest Update:

    • Closure report being produced; activities have now been subsumed into the wider skills provision review, which takes into account the Pilot activities and post-16 area review.

5. Etruria Valley

Local Growth Fund Investment = £8.20m (Stoke on Trent City Council)

What is it?

The Etruria Valley Infrastructure Scheme will deliver a major new gateway from the A500 into the City Centre and improve the highway in the Etruria Valley area, improving traffic flows, reducing congestion, and providing enhanced connectivity to the City Centre, thereby bringing economic and employment growth and environmental improvements.

What will it deliver?

  • Up to 2,200 jobs, by improved highways infrastructure kick starting development of enterprise area, with typical transport benefits (reduced journey times, etc.) by 2021.

Latest Update:

  • The project is currently delivering to programme and progressing well. The final transport business case will be submitted in December 2018. Formal land negotiations have begun with the three key landowners. Determination of the planning application will take place by the end of 2018
  • The main site works are expected to commence in March 2019

6. Stafford Western Access Route (SWAR)

Local Growth Fund Investment = £22.10m (Staffordshire County Council)

What is it?

Construction of the 1.2km Stafford Western Access Route (SWAR), which will run through the west side of Stafford town centre.

What will it deliver?

  • Enables growth of the town centre and delivery of housing and employment development, including land at Doxey Road. Up to 2,350 houses, 100 jobs
  • enhances connectivity to the town centre, and housing and employment sites
  • improves access between residential areas and the urban centre
  • a more attractive and accessible environment will support growth in the business/professional services and retail sector

Latest Update:

  • Confirmation of CPO orders advertised in local press and erected on site w/c 1st October 2018 (subject to no objections in next 6 months)
  • Contractor appointment – the Infrastructure+ Strategic Partnership Board approved the Best Value Business Case presented by Amey on 18th September. Amey Highways will now progress to the Target Cost development stage of the project.
  • Ongoing construction of new Saint Gobain Development at Redhill
  • Main construction start date by June 2019

7. Meaford Major Employment Site

Local Growth Fund Investment = £4.20m (Staffordshire County Council)

What is it?

Infrastructure works to provide access to business park, working with private sector developer.

What will it deliver?

  • New roundabout junction to A34
  • Improvements to approx. 400m of Meaford Road and new roundabout access to business park, including 350m carriageway to first development plot

Latest Update:

  • SSLEP investment complete, project is now in outcomes tracking stage
  • The “Make It” investment team continues to work in partnership with St. Modwen to prioritise the marketing of the site which is seen as a priority for the company.
  • Reserved Matters Application for applications for further development – Units 4 and 5 (units of 50,000 square feet and 22,000 square feet) have now been approved by Stafford Borough Council. Application reference 17/27506/REM.
  • The developer’s intention is to build out these units speculatively on occupation of the first completed (37,000 sq. ft.) building
  • Gas Power Station Proposals – Meaford Energy Ltd. was unsuccessful in its applications to the January energy auctions (No new conventional generation suppliers were successful with the auctions all won by existing generators). MEL will review its position and make a further application to planned energy auctions in late 2018. MEL may look to discharge planning requirements in advance of these auctions

8. Branston Locks, Burton (Phase 1)

Local Growth Fund Investment = £5.09m (Staffordshire County Council)

What is it?

Infrastructure works to provide site access road (new access road from the Branston Interchange including a new canal bridge), opening up the first phases of the employment site, housing site and local centre, and linking back to Branston Road.

What will it deliver ??

  • Creation of 3,800 jobs
  • Delivery of approximately 1 million square feet of high quality commercial floorspace
  • Provision of 2,500 new houses

Latest Update:

  • SSLEP Growth Deal Investments are now complete. Onus is now on developer to bring site forward for employment, residential and commercial uses
  • Reserved Matters Planning was approved for the first 70 dwellings by ESBC on 20th February  –  Cameron Homes is now on site building out the development (date for first completions and show home TBC) and is marketing the site as Lawnswood http://cameronhomes.co.uk/coming-soon/lawnswood
  • Contracts have been exchanged to release land for a further 201 housing units (to Taylor Wimpey). Reserved Matters planning application submitted
  • Taylor Wimpey is now marketing the site at “The Coopers” https://www.taylorwimpey.co.uk/find-your-home/england/staffordshire/burton-upon-trent/the-coopers, a start on site is proposed in March 2019
  • Taylor Wimpey Application was approved at ESBC Planning Committee on 16th October
  • There is further interest for the potential delivery of around 200 units at the northern end of the site (accessed via Shobnall Road)
  • Nurton Developments continue to investigate the opportunities for providing speculative employment floor space and are currently assessing a funding package for a speculative scheme.

9. Liberty Park, Lichfield

Local Growth Fund Investment = £4.00m (Staffordshire County Council)

What is it?

Infrastructure works to open up business park, working with private sector developer. The project unlocks a major 10 ha. allocated employment site identified in the City Deal. It is located in the north of Lichfield immediately adjacent to Lichfield Trent Valley Railway Station which lies on both the West Coast Main and Cross City railway lines.

What will it deliver?

  • 723 jobs, improved highways infrastructure by 2021
  • Major widening of bridge over West Coast main railway line
  • Roundabout improvement A5127 / A5192
  • Roundabout improvement Cappers Way / Europa Way
  • Pedestrian crossing Cappers Way
  • Junction improvement Cappers Lane
  • Junction improvement Europa Way / Burton Old Road

Latest Update:

  • SSLEP investment is complete (since January 2016)
  • Planning application approved subject to a section 106 agreement by Lichfield Planning Committee on 30th July 2018
  • Stoford developments and Liberty Property Trust are tendering for the construction of 163,000 square feet (115,000 + 48,000 sq. ft.) development of 2 units to be built out speculatively (to be on site from January 2019)

10. Bericote Four Ashes

Local Growth Fund Investment = £2.86m (Staffordshire County Council)

What is it?

Infrastructure works to provide access to, and open up the Four Ashes Business Park, situated adjacent to the A449 and Stafford to Birmingham link of the West Coast Mainline, and to the north of the existing Four Ashes employment area.

What will it deliver?

    • 1,080 jobs and improved highways infrastructure by 2021
    • create the conditions for growth of development of 21 ha. of land

Latest Update:

  • SSLEP Investment is now complete. Project is now in outcome tracking phase with major end user already in place
  • 800 jobs safeguarded/created
  • 450,000 square foot building completed October 2017
  • Traffic Light Controlled Junction to A449 (T) completed November 2017
  • Gravelly Way Access Road Improvements (approx. 1km) – completed June 2016
  • First Pannatoni building due for completion in w/c 5th November – 450,000 square feet speculative building therefore available for occupation.
  • Building has been attracting a number of enquiries, however a firm investment has yet to be confirmed (the developer has a portfolio of sites across the UK and there is some evidence of stalling of investment decisions as a consequence of Brexit uncertainty)
  • 37,000 square feet “gateway” building to the site is now complete

11. Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering Skills Hub Phase 2

Local Growth Fund Investment = £6.90m (Staffordshire County Council)

What is it?

The AME Hub provides world-class vocational environments, with state of the art facilities, in local communities linked to key employers, providers, schools and colleges. This has developed through significant public and private investment in facilities at six spokes, over two phases, requiring a total investment of over £12m of private and public funding. Each spoke will have a lead specialism that will have world class equipment and train to the latest industry standards. AME Hub Phase 2 completes the final three spokes: South Staffordshire College; Stafford College; and JCB Academy.

What will it deliver?

The aim and purpose of the AME Hub is to:

  • Provide growth in AME Apprenticeships & Traineeships
  • Upskill the current workforce in the sector to improve productivity and upskill and retrain the unemployed and NEET young people in order to gain employment in the sector
  • Provide specialist facilities and training to meet employer skills needs
  • Promote careers in the sector and develop a coherent suite of STEM technical vocational and academic progression pathways

Latest Update:

  • The three AME hub projects are fully completed and operational.
  • South Staffordshire College – At the target measurement date of September 18 the college had delivered a growth of 493 learners against a target growth of 872 learners. Learner participation at September is 826 (203 Apprentices, 623 Further Education learners). The college has not met its growth targets for Apprenticeships and Traineeships which is representative of performance nationally following the introduction of the apprenticeship levy
  • Newcastle & Stafford Colleges Group – At the target measurement date of September 18 the college had delivered a growth of 823 learners against a target growth of 340 learners. Learner participation at September 18 is 265 Apprentices, 1,481 FE learners)
  • JCB Academy – At the target measurement date of September 2018 the academy had delivered a growth of 146 Apprentices against a target growth of 210. Apprenticeship participation at September is 356 against a target participation of 420

12. Local Sustainable Transport Package (LSTP)

Local Growth Fund Investment = £7.76m (Stoke on Trent City Council (£3.30m) & Staffordshire County Council (£4.46m))

What is it?

Package of measures to improve/encourage sustainable travel across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. The schemes within the package to be delivered through a combination of Growth Deal funds and local contributions.

What will it deliver?

  • The chosen schemes within the package are those that closely relate to city/town centre regeneration proposals and provide the greatest opportunity to encourage travel by sustainable transport to existing and future jobs.

Latest Update:

Staffordshire:

    • All projects are on track to deliver the agreed benefits on time and within budget.
    • Local contributions have been secured for 2018/19 to continue the delivery of the package of LSTP projects, in line with approved business cases
    • Outputs achieved to date:
      • Upgrade to walking and cycling route between Ventura Retail Park, Tamworth town centre and Tamworth rail station
      • Refurbishment of Ferry Bridge footbridge
      • Delivery of a Real Time bus Passenger Information (RTPI) system for Staffordshire with roadside information in Tamworth, Burton and Newcastle and serving I54
      • Pedestrian and public realm enhancements in Newcastle town centre at the bus station and High Street / Merrial Street junction and cycle route between May Bank and the town centre
      • Completion of sections of the National Cycle Network that feed into Stafford and Burton
      • Enhanced cycle link between i54 and Bilbrook rail station

Stoke-on-Trent City:

    • Growth Deal 1 programme completed, outputs achieved to date:
      • Potteries Way / Bucknall Rd Junction Improvement completed.
      • Lichfield St property acquisition completed for future junction improvement.
      • 301 Waterloo Road property demolished.
      • 293 Waterloo Rd property acquisition completed for future junction improvement.
      • Completion of Festival Way to A53 Shared Footway/Cycleway Scheme
    • Growth Deal 3 programme, initially madea slower start than planned on the design of the 2018/19 programmed works, but good progress has recently been made and there is now high confidence that the works will be completed and expenditure spent in this financial year as per our Business Case proposal

13. Tamworth Enterprise Quarter

Local Growth Fund Investment = £2.90m (Tamworth Borough Council)

What is it?

Tamworth Enterprise Quarter is a programme consisting of the following components:

    • Refurbishment and enlargement of the Assembly Rooms, a key cultural venue
    • Conversion of the Philip Dix Centre to a Business and Enterprise Centre
    • Redevelopment of the Carnegie Centre as a restaurant
    • Enhancements to the Public Realm/Tamworth Library

What will it deliver?

These assets did not support any private sector jobs and, in the case of the Assembly Rooms, its operation was commercially unsustainable. However, this investment could revitalise each of the above and, collectively, they offer the prospect of playing a major role in the re-inventing of Tamworth. Public sector investment and, specifically LGF money is critical to making this happen.

The project will deliver:

  • 39 FTE construction jobs (gross)
  • £1.4 million of construction‐related Gross Value Added
  • 98 ongoing jobs (gross)
  • £13.4 million of Town Centre GVA economic value

Latest Update:

  • Business Enterprise Centre facilities fully occupied, utilisation: 19 business tenants, currently employing 57 people; 15 virtual tenants; 10 training organisations (total 1174 trainees)
  • Assembly Rooms: complete outer skin of building, November 2018
  • Carnegie Centre – Assessment of marketing results, November / December 2018
  • Library & Public Realm – design freeze and final costing, November / December 2018

14. Rugeley Town Centre Improvement Package

Local Growth Fund Investment = £0.75m (Cannock Chase District Council)

What is it?

Provision of a flood storage area will help to ensure that opportunity sites in Rugeley town centre can be redeveloped as per Rugeley Town Centre Area Action Plan which was adopted in 2014 as part of the Local Plan Part 1 and provides the planning policy for the regeneration and investment in three opportunity sites within the town centre

What will it deliver ?

  • Formal flood defence to enable: Potential delivery of 330 new jobs; 140 new homes; additional sports pitches on Hagley Playing fields as part of landscaping. To be confirmed with CCDC.

Latest Update:

    • Construction is complete and it is now a formal flood defence
    • Liaising with CCDC to identify housing / jobs outputs resulting from completion of flood defence work

15. City Centre Access

Local Growth Fund Investment = £6.41m (Stoke on Trent City Council)

What is it?

A programme of access improvements to the Stoke-on-Trent City Centre between the strategic road network (A500/A50) and mainline railway station and the City Centre aligning with SEP/EUSIF objectives relating to the rapid growth of Stoke-on-Trent as a Core City. Remodel the main gateway to the City Centre so that it can better meet the needs of all users, including vehicles, pedestrians and customers. Reduce congestion at key pinch points to stimulate economic activity and attract investment

What will it deliver?

  • Reduce the existing significant congestion problems at key locations, resulting in journey time savings and hence, economic benefits.
  • Improve connectivity and accessibility to the City Centre will result in regeneration and wider economic benefits
  • Similarly, the public realm improvements at the gateways to the City will improve the attractiveness of the City Centre and deliver further economic benefits

Latest Update:

  • Completed schemes: Trinity Street, Thornton & Spencer Roads, Glebe Street (Phases 1 & 2)
  • Station Quarter Phase 2 – Improvements to Station/Leek Road footpaths
  • Marina Way, Outline Design Complete, Planning Application registered, design approval by Highway Authority ongoing
  • Station Road / Leek Road junction The Sixth Form College are supporting the proposed works and accept that the scheme has little or no impact on the College.
  • Station Quarter Phase 2 – improvements to footpaths. Highway works complete. Landscaping including tree replacement Works ongoing
  • Works to Winton Square are now being considered as ‘Station Quarter – Phase 3 – Winton Sq. & HMV Mitigation Measures’. It is intended that these works will follow on as soon as possible after Phase 2, paving works is completed

16. Hanley – Bentilee Link

Local Growth Fund Investment = £8.58m (Stoke on Trent City Council)

What is it?

This is a transport scheme located to the south and east of the centre of Stoke-on-Trent consisting of three interdependent sections. Section 1 provides a new link to re-route traffic flows from the existing highway corridors facilitating improved journey times and reliability and provide new sustainable transport infrastructure.

Latest Update:

  • Awaiting SSLEP business case.

17. Spode Church Street Phase 2

Local Growth Fund Investment = £0.50m (Stoke on Trent City Council)

What is it?

The works involve the renovation and conversion of predominantly Grade II listed buildings which are currently in a poor state of repair. Under the terms of an Agreement for Lease with ACAVA, SOTCC will undertake renovation works to the exterior of the buildings and services and ACAVA will convert the interior of the buildings into artists’ studios which will then be licensed to individual ACAVA members.

What will it deliver?

  • renovation/conversion of listed buildings – circa 9,154 ft.² (exact area subject to survey)
  • number of studios to be created – 12
  • number of jobs created/protected – 32

Latest Update:

  • Project is still in the early stages. Design/Drawings are being progressed. Negotiations taking place with ACAVA to take on the units and carry out internal works. An application to the Arts Council to assist ACAVA in the fit out cost  is in process

18. ROF Featherstone Strategic Employment Site

Local Growth Fund Investment = £1.50m (Staffordshire County Council)

What is it?

The ROF Featherstone site is a longstanding employment site in South Staffordshire, which has yet to come forward due to significant abnormal infrastructure costs associated with accessing the site from local highway networks

Latest Update:

  • SCC and South Staffordshire Council continue to work with Saint Francis Group to progress the preferred access option to the former ROF Featherstone site. The Stage 2 Options Assessment Framework is now complete, and a preferred access route is to be recommended to SCC’s Cabinet in January 2019. Following this, Saint Francis Group will prepare a planning application for the development of the site as well as the preferred access route
  • Awaiting business case submission

19. Keele Science & Innovation Park Smart Innovation Hub

Local Growth Fund Investment = £1.00m (Keele University)

What is it?

The creation of a purpose-built BREEAM excellent smart innovation facility in Keele University’s Science and Innovation Park, to provide (a) incubation and grow-on space for innovation-led SMEs; (b) a Hub for business-university interactions and open innovation, and (c) a home for Keele Management School in the heart of the LEP’s Innovation-led business community.

What will it deliver?

  • Redress the low level of start-up and growth rates of high-tech, high-value start-ups and established businesses by developing the unique leadership and management skills required to start, grow and sustain high-tech, high growth businesses, based on innovative product and service development, underpinned by R&D.
  • Redress exceptionally low levels of GVA by creating more jobs with higher GVA
  • Redress the lack of both private and public sector investment in research and development by stimulating businesses investment in R&D to bring it closer to the LEP average.

Latest Update:

  • Construction of the sub and superstructure have continued with brickwork and roofing commencing.
  • Steel frame erection and installation of pre cast concrete planks, grouting etc. has continued.
  • Under slab drainage and Ground floor slab installation ongoing.
  • Second lift shaft installed on site.
  • Substation installation works completed by Midlands Power Networks (KU direct works).
  • Substation went live 3rd September 2018.
  • IT, AV and FFE design and layouts progressed and co-ordinated with Bouygues together with progression of procurement strategy.
  • Ground-breaking event held attended by the LEP and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) among others took place at the end of June 2018

20. Skills Capital Equipment Fund

Local Growth Fund Investment = £1.76m (Staffordshire County Council)

What is it?

LEP funding will be used to create a £3.5m skills equipment fund (SEF) to allow local employers and training institutions to bid for funding to purchase state of the art equipment and fund minor adaptations to accommodate the equipment, to enable the delivery of high quality and high level training programmes to support the growth in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire’s priority economic sectors. The investment will enable local employers and training institutions to more readily respond to local training needs that support the need for equipment to up skill and reskill people in the LEP priority sectors

What will it deliver?

  • The expansion of a work-based talent pool of skills across the priority sectors by facilitating increased demand in apprenticeships and traineeship opportunities following the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy
  • Support the upskilling of the existing workforce particularly at levels 3 & 4.
  • Upskilling and retraining the unemployed and NEET young people to meet current opportunities in the priority sectors
  • Responsive provision by developing a network of local providers and employers so that they are able to respond to employer training needs through the use of specialist industry standard equipment.

Latest Update:

  • Skills Equipment Fund (SEF) Round 1 – 4 grant agreements in place – S-o-T College, NSCG, Staffordshire University, Perkins Engines Ltd. Total grant £1.12m, match £1.28m.
  • SEF Round 2 launched June 2018 for an additional £615k secured from the LEP
  • 3 grants awarded subject to contract clarification with a total project value of £1.2m plus £1.7m match

21. ROF Featherstone

Local Growth Fund Investment = £0.57m (Staffordshire County Council)

What is it?

Preparation of the Stage 1 Options Appraisal Report and traffic modelling for the proposed site access road.

What will it deliver?

It is envisaged that this scheme will be subsumed within the ROF Featherstone Strategic Employment Site GD3 business case.

22. Chatterley Valley West Site Access

Local Growth Fund Investment = £0.07m (Staffordshire County Council)

What is it?

Pre-work for off-site infrastructure works to provide appropriate accesses to the site.

What will it deliver?

Discussions with the developer Harworth Estates are continuing in regard to their development intentions for the site, and these will form a future development business case. Harworth Estates have recently cleared the site of Great Crested Newts, and secured land ownership of the full Chatterley Valley West site. Outputs will be claimed within the Ceramic Valley Enterprise Zone deliverables.

23. Economic Regeneration Programme

Local Growth Fund Investment = £2.09m (Staffordshire County Council)

What is it?

To generate economic activity in the short term by addressing immediate infrastructure and site constraints

What will it deliver?

  • Outputs will be claimed as part of the overall Growing Places Fund deliverables: Hellermann Tyton; London House Ph2; Oak House; Dunston Business Village Ph 2, part 2, courtyard development

Latest Update:

  • Completed, all LGF expenditure has been concluded

24. Redhill Business Park

Local Growth Fund Investment = £0.76m (Staffordshire County Council)

What is it?

Existing business park, a 2 acre part plot at the front of Plot 1 is being developed with a potential client identified

What will it deliver?

  • Up to 140 jobs could be created

Latest Update:

    • 17 jobs have been created to date

25. Keele Innovation Centre No. 5 (IC5)

Local Growth Fund Investment = £4.92m (Staffordshire County Council)

What is it ??

Final completion of 30,000 sq. ft. net lettable high-quality office and workshop development on the Keele University Science Park development

What will it deliver?

  • IC5 at Keele  officially opened in January 2017. There is strong interest in the remaining lettable area, forecast a further 120 jobs to be created

Latest Update:

    • 28 jobs have been secured to date

26. i54 South Staffordshire Employment Site

Local Growth Fund Investment = £0.90m (Staffordshire County Council)

What is it?

Site preparation and off site infrastructure servicing

What will it deliver?

  • Identified potential 130 additional jobs from remaining lettable area

Latest Update:

    • 80 jobs have been created to date.

27. Lichfield Southern Bypass Phase 3

Local Growth Fund Investment = £0.33m (Staffordshire County Council)

What is it?

Following a successful bid to the National Productivity and Investment Fund, a planning application for the Phase 3 works is now being prepared; the investment covers the project develop costs.

What will it deliver?

Completes the link between A461 Walsall Road and A5206 London Road and on to the trunk road network; enabling significant housing, employment and retail growth opportunities in a main urban centre. Outputs would be associated with the full business case once submitted.

28. SME expansion support

Local Growth Fund Investment = £6.71m (Staffordshire County Council)

What is it?

To generate economic activity in the short term by addressing immediate infrastructure and site constraints

What will it deliver ??

  • Outputs will be claimed as part of the overall Growing Places Fund deliverables

Latest Update:

Approval has been granted for the GPF Programme to invest in the following projects in 2018/19 and 2019/20:

  • Dunston Business Village Phase 2, Dunston. South Staffordshire
  • Oak House Residential Care Home, Fenton. Stoke on Trent
  • Omicron Service Centre, Redhill. Stafford
  • Etruria Valley Enterprise Area, Stoke on Trent

29. Churnet Works small business units

Local Growth Fund Investment = £0.50m (Staffordshire Moorlands District Council)

What is it?

Development of 1,003sqm of Commercial Floor Space – 8 business units

What will it deliver ??

  • When fully let, 20 jobs should be created

Latest Update:

  • Project development is on track and legal contact between developer and SMDC is progressing and will go back to committee for sign off alongside LEP grant offer contract acceptance
  • Detailed specification amendments and revised valuations have been received which has increased price slightly but will deliver higher floorspace outputs. Council has also been offered freehold of adjacent building development which is also under consideration and has resulted in timescale alterations so that a joint deal can be done if appropriate. It is not envisaged that this will impact on longer term timescale or outputs related to LEP supported employment units
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