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Staffordshire to showcase £1bn of county investment opportunities at leading industry event

Over £1bn worth of investment opportunities will be showcased at the UK’s leading sector event by a ‘We Are Staffordshire’ team of councils, universities and developer partners.

The wide-ranging investment offer will be presented to over 6,000 delegates at the UK Real Estate Infrastructure and Investment (UKREiiF) Conference next month. It brings together local and regional public sector organisations with Government, investors, funders, developers, housebuilders and more.

The team will promote its ‘Staffordshire: A Place to Prosper’ campaign and prospectus – setting out why the county is a top location to live, work, invest in and visit.

Potential investors will find out more about recent successes in Staffordshire and major projects happening now or just about to get underway. These include the Stafford Gateway project, regeneration of town centres, Chatterley Valley Enterprise Zone, i54 South Staffordshire, the A50/A500 Growth Corridor and the West Midlands Interchange.

Staffordshire’s delegation includes the county council and all eight district and borough councils, Keele University, Staffordshire University, county council highways partner Amey and development partners Stoford, St Modwen, Nurton Developments and Harworth Group.

UKREiiF takes place in Leeds between May 16 and 18. The inaugural event took place last year.

Dan Gallagher, joint managing director of Stoford, said:

“We are delighted to be a headline sponsor of UKREiiF 2023. Our commitment continues Stoford’s significant investment and development of the wider Staffordshire area, following completion of Pets at Home’s new 667,000 sq ft office, storage and distribution centre.”

Staffordshire County Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for economy and skills Philip White said:

“At UKREiiF next month our combined Staffordshire team will be taking an exciting package of proposals worth around £1bn in investment – all with huge potential for our county.

“Together we’ll be launching key projects including details on town centre regeneration and wider business development. We know we have a distinctive Staffordshire brand which we’re strengthening with our partners.

“Our presence at UKREiiF is critical as it enables us to make a lasting impact on investors and decision makers. This ultimately results in new jobs and an improved quality of life for our communities.”

Joe Caine, head of business development and Keele University Science & Innovation Park, said:

“We are delighted to be able to support Staffordshire’s presence at UKREiiF 2023.  Keele has been a catalyst for economic growth across the West Midlands for decades, thanks-in-part to our integrated Science and Innovation Park, and we’re excited to be able to showcase how our future development opportunities can deliver further benefits for Staffordshire and the UK as a whole.”

Attendees of the event will find Staffordshire on stand E22 and a networking reception will be taking place between 4pm and 5pm on both Tuesday May 16 and Wednesday 17May.