STAFFORDSHIRE has become a thriving hub of hi-tech manufacturing jobs according to a new report.
Jobs in specialist areas of the industry have increased 45 per cent in the county between 2007 and 2010 with 1,100 jobs created in the sector compared to a national trend of reductions according to a report of the Enterprise, Environment and Transport Scrutiny Committee.
Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for economic growth and enterprise Ben Adams said: “It is very encouraging to see that Staffordshire has been reversing a national and regional trend by seeing an increase in the number of hi-tech manufacturing jobs created.
“This is where we want to see job growth and the figures support the county’s position as a national enterprise leader.” He said that while job numbers were only measured up to 2010, he expected to have seen even more companies located in the area or choosing to locate here in the future.
“In Stafford, we have submitted plans for a new business park at Redhill which we hope will attract businesses in this sector,” said Mr Adams. “This is in addition to proposals for Beacon Business Park in Stafford.”