Advice to Business and Community
There are areas and sections of the community that experience significant disadvantages typically in terms of high unemployment, low incomes, high benefit dependency, high crime and low educational attainment.
If these areas are to continue to prosper the Council needs to remove barriers to business growth, enable disadvantaged communities to share the benefits of sustainable economic growth and offer a pleasant and safe place to live and work. These are the Council's regeneration challenges.
The Borough Council has overseen the successful delivery of the Stafford Single Regeneration Budget Round 6 Programme in March 2007 has resulted in total investment of £16 million in the Borough and has in turn created 538 jobs.
Further regeneration funding has been invested through the Stone Market Town Initiative which has supported businesses through the Business Development Network, Shopfront Improvement Scheme and Retail Workshops. The Initiative has also supported the local community in the north of the Borough through funding a Community Chest scheme and by supporting the popular Stone Food and Drink Festival.
Support provided by the Borough Council has led to unprecedented levels of inward investment on key employment sites, the delivery of a programme of Town Centre events and the development of rural regeneration initiatives.