The Economic Development Service aim to develop and attract businesses to Cannock Chase and provide sustainable growth in the economy.
The Council plays a key role in developing the right factors for attracting and retaining businesses and in helping new business start up and grow. For all business support enquiries email us at firstname.lastname@example.org giving us a brief outline of your requirements.
Over the last two decades Cannock Chase District has seen a massive investment of a quarter of a billion pounds in local infrastructure and an influx of numerous businesses, creating a wide range of new jobs.
In December 2003 the locational advantages of the District were further improved by the opening of the M6 Toll. This is the country's first pay-as-you-drive motorway, with a junction at Churchbridge, just a mile from Cannock town centre, and its opening secured further significant economic growth. Acknowledged as one of the centres of enterprise on the rim of the West Midlands, the area has a number of distinct advantages from a business point of view - a central location with excellent access to the national road network, a stable workforce with a pool of skilled labour, competitive costs, and a good quality of life.
Strategic Development Sites
A former colliery site, Towers Business Park, Rugeley, has also been released to developers. This new development site is now providing a wide range of high-tech business units and office accommodation.
Finning (UK), sole distributor for Caterpillar construction, materials handling and power generation equipment, has opened its new 3.6ha (9 acre) multi-million pound National Materials Handling Centre on a 7,433 sq. m (80,000 sq.ft) site at Orbital Way, Cannock, and the company's existing UK headquarters is located on the A5 at nearby Bridgtown.
The new, modern business parks are not only attracting high technology business to the District, they are also providing existing companies with the opportunity to move into larger, more up-to-date premises; enabling them to modernise, expand and diversify. The M6 Toll has opened up new opportunities for business, enabling easier transportation of goods and services to and from customers throughout the UK and beyond. Kingswood Lakeside and the other existing and new business parks and estates, along with the new M6 Toll motorway, can only add momentum to the continuing growth and job creation taking place across Southern Staffordshire.
Enchanced quality of life
Although business projects are the engine room of regeneration, there has also been a huge range of projects aimed at improving the quality of life for the community. Millions of pounds invested in the education system have equipped more schools with the latest computer technology and provided career rooms. Education support workers are providing on-the-spot solutions for young people and are working with other agencies. Young people are being given a taste of business life by starting their own companies and trading as part of the Young Enterprise Scheme. The aim is to encourage the entrepreneurial spirit amongst the next generation of business owners and managers.
The result of all the recent regeneration and massive investment has been an upsurge in confidence through the District. The community is now highly forward-looking and extensive private sector investment is being attracted. Cannock Chase District, thanks to the millions of pounds being invested in the area, is now an even more stimulating place to live, to work, to visit and to do business.
Regeneration and Development
New business estates are being developed and existing ones modernised. The area's road and rail infrastructure is also being significantly improved and moving away from the more traditional industries, with a growth in new technology and high-tech service Companies. Of the new business sites coming on-stream across Cannock Chase District, one of the jewels in Staffordshire's industrial and commercial property portfolio is Kingswood Lakeside Business Park, near Cannock. A major factor in the site's favour is its proximity to both the M6 Toll (Junction T7) and the M6 motorway (Junctions 11 & 12).
The 44 ha (108 acres) Kingswood Lakeside site is now partly developed. The first phase of 25.6ha (63.2 acres), is intended to create enough commercial floor space for 700 jobs, with half that figure already achieved.
Phase two has opened up yet more land for development and in the process facilitate further job creation.
The development, which is based around a series of lakes, is part of a former opencast coal site next to the existing Orbital Retail Park in Churchbridge, Cannock. Its transformation into a high-tech business park is a major development opportunity and has already secured investment from inward investors and existing local businesses, such as DHL, 3663 First for Food Service, APC Overnight and Veolia.
Situated just north of the West Midlands conurbation, Cannock Chase District extends from the A5 in the south to Rugeley in the north.
At its heart lie the majestic woodlands, valleys and heathlands of Cannock Chase, an internationally acclaimed Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The area, once synonymous with mining, has been regenerated beyond recognition. With a quarter of a billion pounds invested in enhancing the region's facilities and resources, the renaissance of Cannock Chase District has left it with the acclaim it deserves. It is now widely regarded as the 'business hub' of southern Staffordshire.
If you're looking to relocate, expand or develop your business, you'll find all the essential elements for commercial success right here. There's a wide range of competitively priced industrial, commercial and retail land and property to suit your business needs and your budget, with all the help you need to find exactly what's right for you.
From an employment point of view, you'll find the area well appointed with a loyal and stable workforce and there are numerous educational and training initiatives available to help alleviate any special skill requirements.
Business icons such as Aggreko, Briggs Equipment, DHL, Finning (UK), Glynwed Pipe Systems, Sunflex, JCB, Amazon, Gestamp Automotive and Ultra Electronics are just a few of the high profile organisations already operating successfully in the area. The District offers a high standard of housing, education, healthcare, shopping, sports, leisure and entertainment facilities, with Cannock Chase itself renowned as one of the Midlands' major beauty spots. This all makes Cannock Chase District an ideal location to live, to work, to do business and to visit.
For more information about moving to the District, please visit www.makeitstokestaffs.co.uk
Last Updated: 19/04/2016