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In brief

Staffordshire’s deputy police commissioner has launched a new initiative to tackle business crime. The organisation aims to simplify the

procedure used to tackle these crimes, which is says is ‘complicated and confusing for victims to follow’. The county’s various Chambers of

Commerce have been invited to participate in the scheme and Staffordshire’s deputy commissioner said: “Nationally, the response to victims of business crime is fragmented and disconnected, and we know that businesses often struggle to navigate the system after suffering a business crime.”

Cannock Chase Council has agreed to fund a cycle storage facility in Market Street, Hednesford, which will be monitored by CCTV. Almost £23,000 has been set aside for the

scheme. Local councillor Gordon Alcott said: “Cycle storage is a step closer for the town to promote themselves as bike-friendly. “Installing the new cycle stores will be an

asset to the town and encourage residents and visitors to cycle to the town centre, instead of using their car.

A family run construction firm in Staffordshire has secured a £150,000 funding boost via the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS). Trades and Labourers, based in Newcastle-

under-Lyme, secured the loan from BCRS Business Loans to kickstart growth plans, after having to scale back its operations during the first coronavirus lockdown. As well as safeguarding four jobs, Trades

and Labourers also expects to create an additional 10 jobs during the term of the loan, and managing director Lynn Sanders said: “With new funding in place, the company intends to continue fulfilling existing contracts that were previously on hold, whilst also having the working capital required to secure new contracts in the coming months.”

Contact: Chris Plant T: 0845 6036650

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Chamber member takes on challenge for daughter

By Jessica Brookes

A Cannock Chase Chamber committee member is hoping to raise £5,000 in memory of his daughter, who tragically passed away from meningitis aged just 36. Rhiannon Gauntlett contracted bacterial meningitis in February 2020, leaving behind her eight-month old daughter, Lilith Gauntlett, and husband Daniel. In memory of his daughter, Paul Reeves,

former head of customer banking for Yorkshire Bank, is looking to raise thousands in the next year for charity Meningitis Now by completing a number of endurance challenges. Paul, now non-executive director

for Morecambe Bay Wines, is looking to raise cash by running the London Marathon in October and the Stafford half-marathon in September. Paul is no novice to marathons, as he

has previously completed five of them since picking up the running bug in 2014, completing his first at the age of 50. Alongside the running challenges, Paul and his

family are also looking to host a memorial fundraising in Rhiannon’s home town of Stone, once Covid restrictions ease in late summer to give his daughter, in his words, ‘the send off she richly deserves’. Describing why he has chosen to take on the fundraising challenges, Paul said: “We just don’t

Paul Reeves: raising awareness of meningitis, which struck down his daughter Rhiannon (inset)

want people to suffer like we have. So if there is anything we can do to raise awareness just to help families really, especially people who survive. Meningitis can cause major brain injuries which can be life changing for families.”

To donate to his campaign, visit SomeoneSpecial/RhiannonGauntlett

Staffordshire air quality monitored

Air quality sensors are to be used at three pollution hotspots in Staffordshire to collect data. The sensors are being installed by Staffordshire County Council, as part of its efforts to combat

climate change. The three locations for the sensors are Newcastle-under-Lyme ring road, Burton-on-Trent Orbit

accommodation and Cellarhead Junction. The sensor scheme is part of what the council calls its ‘Simulate’ strategy and is part of a Department for Transport Funded programme. Staffordshire county councillor Julia Jessel said: “We’re using the latest technology and innovation

to improve air quality for our residents. This is a vital part of our commitment as a county council to combat climate change.”

Enterprise centre set for major expansion

A council-run centre for small businesses in South Staffordshire is set to treble in size, in a move that is expected to create around 100 jobs. The expansion will see 35,000 sq ft of

commercial units added to Four Ashes Enterprise Centre, which is between Penkridge and Wolverhampton. The existing centre was built in 2004, and has proved popular with local businesses, according

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to its owner, South Staffordshire Council. The centre will grow from 15,600 sq ft to 50,572 sq ft. The expansion of the site is part of a £24

million investment by the council into all its business sites across Staffordshire. Council leader Brian Edwards said: “Our units

at Four Ashes have always been very popular, so we know there is demand for more commercial units in this area which has superb connectivity and sits within the junction two growth corridor.

“As a council, it is our priority to support

local businesses and the wider economy, especially as we move forward from the pandemic. We are proud to be able to offer this extension, which will give new start-ups and existing businesses the opportunity to achieve their business goals.” The new units will vary in size, ranging from

936 square foot to 4,000 square foot. Each will have its own office, kitchen and toilet facility.

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