Blog: The difference between capital and revenue budgets

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Capital and revenue are words that you will often hear when we talk about our budget.

Put simply, to the average household, revenue costs would be day-to-day costs such as your energy bills, petrol in your car or paying your TV licence. Capital would be big investments such as buying a house or building an extension.

As a council, our revenue expenditure includes things like staff salaries, building maintenance and the costs of running refuse vehicles. Whereas, our capital expenditure includes things like a major road improvement scheme or the purchase of significant assets which have a productive value.

Capital and revenue

Our Financial Strategy sets out a number of savings we propose to make over the next five years in order to balance our (revenue) budget, but we are also investing in things using capital money that will future-proof our infrastructure as our county grows, and generate much-needed income which can be used for day-to-day costs. Our 2018/19 budget consultation is open until 21 February 2018:

As Government funding dwindles, choosing where to make savings is getting more and more difficult, especially as demand on the services we provide for our most vulnerable residents increases.

Government grants

It may seem that a simple solution would be to stop spending money on capital schemes and spend the money instead on the running of our day-to-day services.

The trouble is that it’s not that simple! We’re not permitted to spend capital money in this way. Plus, the Government offers many incentives such as special grants and the ability to borrow money more cheaply to allow councils to invest in capital projects to support economic, housing and population growth, and offer a better return on investment than just keeping money in a bank.

Savings and investments

All that we ask is that you keep an open mind when we spend money on things like major road improvements, refurbishing old inefficient buildings like Shirehall and the Shrewsbury shopping centres, even though we say we have less than we did before – we do (our budget shortfall is £59.3m in five years’ time).

Reducing running costs

We will continue to invest in those things that support our county’s economic growth and prosperity, as well as explore commercial interests so that we can plough returns back into the day-to-day.

But we will also continue to make savings, while constantly striving to do things differently so that we can provide the services that you value the most.

Watch the video blog by Nic Laurens, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for economic growth, to find out his take on the difference between capital and revenue, and our plans to future-proof the county by investing in our economy.


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Event celebrates launch of £1.9 million University Centre Shrewsbury initiative to support businesses

Shropshire Council News Feed - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 11:36

News from our partners University Centre Shrewsbury

From left to right, Paul Kirkbright, UCS Deputy Provost, Adrian Platt, Chair of the Industry Advisory Panel, Prof Anna Sutton, UCS Provost, Dr David Gregory-Kumar, BBC West Midlands Science, Environment & Rural Affairs Correspondent and Prof Roy Alexander

The launch of a new £1.9 million initiative at University Centre Shrewsbury (UCS) which will support Shropshire businesses was celebrated last week.

A special event was held on Thursday 15 February 2018 to mark the opening of The Centre for Research into Environmental Science and Technology (CREST).

The Centre is being created at the institution, in partnership with University Centre Reaseheath, to help environmental science and technology businesses to grow and succeed, after a successful bid for European Union funding by UCS.

The event provided an opportunity to share more information about CREST and featured a presentation from Dr David Gregory-Kumar, Science, Environment and Rural Affairs Correspondent for the BBC in the West Midlands, and presenter for BBC Radio 4’s Farming Today programme. Talks were also given by leading academic Professor Roy Alexander and Chair of the Centre’s Industry Advisory Panel, Adrian Platt.

Dr Gregory-Kumar said:

“I was delighted to speak at yesterday’s launch. For me the importance of a new Higher Education Institution in a rural location can’t be overstated. This new Centre will boost that impact further and I hope so much to tackle some of the issues I have talked about at the launch.”

Prof Alexander said:

“This timely initiative provides an ideal opportunity for enterprises and specialists to work together in order to help secure a more sustainable future for communities in Shropshire, particularly those in rural areas.”

Mr Platt added:

“This week’s CREST launch demonstrates the exciting possibilities for local business, with access to research support and expert business advice.CREST represents a great opportunity for local businesses both new start-ups and existing companies. It’s great to be involved with such a well thought-out business support initiative.”

CREST is bringing together a range of experts to work with Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), in the county, including the Telford and Wrekin area. Support will be provided through research and specialist advice, and helping SMEs to develop innovative ideas and products before bringing them to market. This will include workshops to learn about new technologies and opportunities, and researcher placements.

The £1.97 million project has been made possible by a European Regional Development Fund grant of almost £1.2 million awarded to UCS, via the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership, as well as a contribution of almost £800,000 from the University of Chester.

The Centre is creating jobs directly, including the appointment of business development managers and researchers, and aims to create at least another five jobs in Shropshire by December 2019 as a result of its work.

CREST will support businesses offering services and products in areas including: groundwater; contaminated land; bio fuels and energy; flooding and hydrology; ecology; bioscience; air quality; noise and dust pollution and sustainable/smart housing for rural communities

Businesses seeking support, or anyone who would like to find out more, can contact Business Development Managers, Simon Burgess at or on 07816 306697, or Vicki Ayton at or on 07880 784733.

CREST is based at Guildhall in Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury, UCS’s learning and research base.

A partnership between the University of Chester and Shropshire Council, UCS is a distinctive institution, focused on high-quality teaching and research, fostering entrepreneurship and contributing to the community.

For more information go to Updates on UCS are also available at and

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Local GPs and community groups join forces for Social Prescribing, to help prevent patients becoming ill

Shropshire Council News Feed - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 10:58

Over 25 community organisations came together at Albrighton Medical Practice to find out more about Social Prescribing – how they can work with the local GP practice to help prevent residents from becoming ill or better manage their health condition.

The event which took place on at the end of  January 2018, and forms part of a joint project between Shropshire Council and Albrighton Medical Practice to bring the new service known as Social Prescribing to the town.

Social Prescribing

What is Social Prescribing?

It is estimated that around 20% of patients consult their GP for what is primarily a social problem.

Social Prescribing is the overall term used for non-medical services and referral pathways. In essence, it offers a non-clinical/non-medical intervention to patients, and usually involves a referral by a GP or clinician to a ‘link’ worker.  The overall aim is to prevent worsening health for people with long-term health conditions, reduce the number and intensity of costly interventions in urgent or specialist care, and offer an alternative to those people with non-medical conditions presenting at GP practices.

Social Prescribing in Albrighton

The Social Prescribing role requires someone with the necessary skills and experience to be able to communicate and engage with individuals effectively to understand their needs and to engage and motivate them into action, as well as co-ordinate the prescription process and monitoring.

Attendees at the Social Prescribing event were given the opportunity to find out more about Social Prescribing and think about whether they would like to provide activities to support improvements in people’s health and well-being. It was a vibrant and interesting meeting and groups heard from the local GP, listened to information on the health issues affecting local people, as well as hearing about the potential benefits of getting more involved in social prescribing .

Social Prescribing in Albrighton

Sandie Jackson, Operations Manager from the Albrighton Trust, Moat and Gardens, who attended the event, said:

“We are delighted to be part of the Albrighton Social Prescribing project. We have seen the improvements to people’s health when they spend time outdoors, working with others and socialising while enjoying the benefits of the natural world. We look forward to welcoming new people to the Moat and our friendly team.”

Dr Matthew Bird of Albrighton Medical Practice added:

“This is a really exciting project for Albrighton. We’ve had really enthusiastic support from Shropshire Council.”

Social Prescribing forms part of Shropshire’s Healthy Lives programme, which supports individuals, families and communities to take more control over their health and reduce their risk of chronic disease. The scheme also links to the Resilient Communities work being undertaken by Shropshire Council with the support of NHS colleagues and voluntary sector organisations who are working together to design targeted interventions and activity in localities. The aim of this work is to connect up people and activities in our neighbourhoods so that they all know more about what is going on, and have the choice and opportunity to get involved in the things they are interested in, and which can make people happier and healthier.

Lee Chapman, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for health, adult social care and housing, added:

“Many people are in situations that have a detrimental effect on their health, and often people want to improve their situation but need support and motivation in order to make a positive change.

“Social Prescribing can often provide a better option for a patient to help improve their well-being by linking them with health-promoting activities and services and support programmes in their neighbourhood. The service also negates the need for more costly and unnecessary clinical interventions, therefore helping to reduce dependence on health and social care services.”

If you are a local organisation or individual who would like to know more about Social Prescribing and how to get involved email

For information on how you can help improve your health and well-being visit For information on local activities and services to help you stay well, in your area visit

Further information

Social Prescribing is one of eight areas in the Healthy Lives programme which is currently being trialled in Oswestry and other parts of Shropshire. Other areas of the programme, include falls prevention, carers, NHS checks, Safe and Well visits, diabetes, cardiovascular disease prevention, and mental health. 

Why do we need Social Prescribing?

There is increasing national interest across the health and care system in Social Prescribing for good reasons. Some of these are about challenges, and some of them stem from taking a wider view of how to support patients. Current challenges facing the NHS, social care and longer term health needs of the population include the following:-

  • Increasing pressures on GP practices – attendances and increasing complexity of patient needs
  • Increasing pressures on hospital services
  • Increasing pressures on adult social care services
  • Growing burden of disease in relation to long-term conditions
  • Growing burden of mental health
  • A growing ageing population
  • Reduction in resources across the public sector
  • Growing health inequalities.

The most recent research highlights that primary care is seeing increasing numbers of patients presenting with more complex health conditions and including social needs which many GPs do not feel able to deal with: (NHS Alliance Audit 2017).

How does Social Prescribing work?  

Social Prescribing usually involves the following:-

  • A healthcare professional or social care professional usually makes the referral to a link worker or social prescribing adviser (different programmes use different terms  – facilitator, co-ordinator, link worker, navigator)
  • One to one support provided (via a non clinical role) to identify needs or issues that impact on well-being. Time essential at this point. The meeting may take place in the GP practice, or local community setting
  • Support is then provided by the link worker and a ‘prescription’ identified for ongoing referral to community-based activities (ranging from debt advice, employment advice, peer support groups, self care, exercise programmes, volunteering activities). The range varies by locality
  • Follow up and ongoing support
  • Recording and feedback to the referrer on the outputs and outcomes
  • Promotion of self-management and resilience is central through development of skills and personal change.

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Kick Cancer multi-sport programme launched in Shrewsbury

Shropshire Council News Feed - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 10:23

News from our partners Lingen Davies Cancer Fund, and Shrewsbury Town in the Community

Last week Shrewsbury Town in the Community launched their new Kick Cancer programme. Working in partnership with Lingen Davies Cancer Fund, they have created a multi-sport programme helping those living with or recovering from cancer in Shropshire.

Kick Cancer launch – Shrewsbury Town in the Community

The programme is looking to recruit people from Shropshire onto the six-week programme which will start on Tuesday 13 March 2018, running every Tuesday 3.30pm – 5.30pm.

The sessions will consist of different group exercise sessions followed by social sessions, both held at The Community Hub at Shrewsbury Town FC.

Speaking about the programme, Naomi Atkin, Executive Officer at Lingen Davies, said:-

“I am really pleased that Lingen Davies Cancer Fund and Shrewsbury Town in the Community are working together on this exciting pilot project.

“Physical activity can be really beneficial to people during and after their cancer treatment, and this is a great opportunity for people in our community to get back to fitness or try out a new activity to help their recovery.

“Lingen Davies is the only local charity supporting active treatment and recovery for people affected by cancer in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and Mid Wales. Quality of life beyond cancer is a key theme of our £1.25 million 40th Anniversary Appeal, and we’re excited about the contribution that the Kick Cancer programme will make to this.”


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Shropshire Council awarded more than £500,000 to help provide homes in Ellesmere

Shropshire Council News Feed - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 14:03

A scheme that will see up to 60 much-needed homes built in Ellesmere is set to go ahead after Shropshire Council was today awarded more than £500,000 by the Government.

Last year councils were invited to bid for funding from the £45m Land Release Fund, to enable them to bring forward for housing development surplus land that would otherwise not be developed. The Fund provides capital funding for works such as remediation and the provision of small scale infrastructure

Shropshire Council has been awarded £544,507 for a housing scheme on land at Ellesmere Wharf – which is the full amount that was requested.

An artist’s impression of the planned development at The Wharf

The council is the owner of the land that requires some intensive remediation to enable it to be developed to provide up to 60 apartments, some of which may be for extra care provision.

The funding will be used for ground investigation work, flood risk assessment, initial design, and remediation works to what was a previously contaminated area. The funding will enable the council to unlock this development, which has been part of the plan for housing development in Ellesmere for several years.

The Land Release Fund has been launched by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government in partnership with the One Public Estate programme run by the Cabinet Office and the Local Government Association (LGA).

Steve Charmley, Shropshire Council’s deputy leader and Cabinet member for corporate support, said:

“This is brilliant news for Shropshire Council and for Ellesmere. I’m delighted that the council has received another funding award as part of the One Public Estate programme, which is reconition of the work that we are doing in the county. Through the programme we work closely with other public sector partners to look at land and property that we own and see how we can develop it for the benefit of our local communities.”

Ann Hartley, Shropshire Councillor for Ellesmere Urban division, said:

“This is such positive news for Ellesmere and Shropshire Council.  It will help to meet the demand for much-needed one and two-bed apartments in the town, and is another step forward in the development of the brown field area around the Wharf head – which will hopefully kickstart further action in the area.”

In a letter to Shropshire Council confirming the funding award, Dominic Raab, Minister of State for housing, said:

“We look forward to working with you to progress Ellesmere Remediation, which will release much needed land for new homes, and I welcome the ambitious plans for growth set out in your bid.”

Further information

A total of 79 bids were successful in the assessment process, which will see £45 million being awarded to 41 councils, to support building up to 7,280 homes on council owned land.

The fund was oversubscribed with more than £100 million received in funding requests for 143 projects.

In the 2016 Budget the Chancellor announced that councils would collaborate with central government on a local government land ambition, working with their partners to release surplus land with the capacity for at least 160,000 homes.

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The Last Supper comes to University Centre Shrewsbury

Shropshire Council News Feed - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 11:42

News from our partners University Centre Shrewsbury

The Ninety7 Events team

A team of event management students at University Centre Shrewsbury (UCS) are set to host an event with the internationally-renowned Anglo-Belgian performance company, Reckless Sleepers next month.

Reckless Sleepers is bringing its acclaimed production, The Last Supper, to St Mary’s Church, Shrewsbury from 13 March to 15 March 2018 with the help of four UCS students.

Ninety7 Events are assisting in the promotion and production of the event. The team includes Olivia Ryles, aged 20, from Newcastle-Under-Lyme; Alicia Carpenter, aged 20, from Halifax; Chloe Halsall-Mooner, aged 20, from Ellesmere, and Mollie Brown, aged 20, from Telford.

Alicia Carpenter, Marketing Manager for Ninety7 Events, said:

“We are excited to be working with a company that has taken its performances to different venues around the world. Holding such a unique performance in an amazing atmospheric setting like St Mary’s Church is a fantastic opportunity for both us and the Shropshire community.”

The Last Supper is an invitation to dinner for a limited audience of 39 people per performance. With real scenarios past and present and invented, it is part performance, part meal. The performance is made up of half-remembered words written on rice paper and the forgotten last requests of inmates on death row. This unique performance event has toured internationally since 2002.

Reckless Sleepers was formed in 1988, taking its name from a painting by the Belgian surrealist, Rene Magritte. The project was formed out of a multiplicity of ideas and concerns, mishaps, accidents and opportunities. Reckless Sleepers uses small performances to embrace projects and ideas that larger performances cannot do.

Mole Wetherell, Artistic Director of Reckless Sleepers, said:

“The Last Supper is a performance where we invite our audience to dinner, to eat and drink with us while we speak and then eat the last words of the famous people throughout history.”

Tickets cost £15 and performances begin at 7.30pm. For tickets, please contact the University Centre Shrewsbury reception on 01743 297185, or visit:

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First electric private hire vehicle licensed by Shropshire Council

Shropshire Council News Feed - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 14:33

Shropshire Council’s licensing team has today (15 February 2018) licensed its first fully electric-powered vehicle.

Richard Mear, a Ludlow-based private hire operator, has purchased the brand-new Tesla Model S to use as an executive private hire vehicle.

Richard Mear’s electric-powered Tesla private hire vehicle

Councillor Robert Macey, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for planning and regulatory services, said:

“It’s fantastic to see a member of the trade employing the cleanest mode of transport available. We wish Richard the very best from his new investment. With the UK Government looking to phase out traditionally-fuelled vehicles by 2040 we hope this will be the first of many more electric vehicles to be plated in Shropshire.”

Richard Mear said:

“Not only does the vehicle emit no exhaust emissions, it also boasts all the mod cons of any new high specification vehicle and it is quieter than conventionally fuelled vehicles, further reducing the car’s impact on the environment while making the ride more comfortable for my passengers.”

Matthew Clark, Shropshire Council’s lead officer on air quality, said:

“I’m delighted to see the first electric vehicle licensed into the private hire fleet. It embodies the emphasis of our current private hire and Hackney Carriage licensing policy 2015-19, part of which aims to reduce emissions produced by the fleet.”

As a zero-emission vehicle the car could drive in the most tightly regulated air pollution areas in the world – and will be able to drive into any UK city that moves to restrict polluting vehicles from entering its town and city centres to improve air quality and the health of its population.

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Coverage Care wins tender for respite services at Barleyfield House in Shrewsbury

Shropshire Council News Feed - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 14:09

News from our partners Coverage Care

A Shrewsbury care provider has won a competitive tender process to provide respite residential care for adults with learning disabilities.

Barleyfield House in Monkmoor, Shrewsbury, run by Coverage Care Services

Shropshire Council has recently retendered the contract at Barleyfield House in Monkmoor, which has been run by Coverage Care Services for the past 10 years. The five-bed home currently supports 50 families, providing holiday and respite care to adults with a learning disability.

Providers had to bid for the services under public procurement laws. The council is pleased to announce that the winning bidder was Coverage Care who have retained the contract. The agreement will run for two years with an option to extend at the end of the existing term.

It was recently awarded a ‘good status’ by the health and social care watchdog, the Care Quality Commission, for the fifth time in a row.

Coverage Care has achieved the rating across all of the categories assessed for a CQC report, including being ‘safe’, ‘effective’ ‘caring’, ‘responsive’ and ‘well-led’.  Inspectors specifically commented on the positive and friendly relationships between staff and residents and how much people enjoy staying at the home.

Trish Owen, Registered Manager at the home in Crowmere Road, said:

“I am delighted that Coverage Care has retained this contract as it gives continuity of care to our residents and their families.

“We have a small dedicated team who work closely with families to ensure that time here is as enjoyable and relaxed as it can be and that we cater for an individual’s specific needs.

“We deliver a high standard of person-centred care, as recognised by the CQC inspectors, and we are very pleased that we are able to go forward into our next chapter with the Council in such a strong position.”

David Coull, Chief Executive of Coverage Care, added:

“We are very proud of the service provided by Trish and the team at Barleyfield House. We understand the need for the council to retender services and, whilst we were never complacent about the outcome, we are delighted to be selected to take forward our work and continue supporting our many guests and their families.”

Lee Chapman, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for health, adult social care and housing, added:-

“I am delighted to hear that Coverage Care has been awarded the contract to continue providing respite residential care for adults with learning disabilities at Barleyfield House.

“Coverage Care has a proven track record in Shropshire and this retender means that residents will continue to benefit from its excellent services and continuity of care.

“We look forward to continuing our work with Coverage Care who have clearly demonstrated how it shares our strong commitment to ensuring adults with learning disabilities are given the best support possible.”

About Coverage Care

Coverage Care Services is Shropshire’s leading independent care home provider, run on a not-for-profit basis. The company cares for mainly older people in 14 homes across the county.

Coverage Care homes are: Barclay Gardens, Chillcott Gardens, and Lightmoor View in Telford; Barleyfield House, Briarfields, Coton Hill House, and Montgomery House in Shrewsbury; New Fairholme, Oswestry; Farcroft, Wellington; Greenfields, Whitchurch; Innage Grange, Bridgnorth; Stone House, Bishop’s Castle; The Cottage Christian Nursing Home, Newport; and Woodcroft in Market Drayton.

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Decisions made by South planning committee on 13 February 2018

Shropshire Council News Feed - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 11:52

The following decisions were made by Shropshire Council’s South planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Tuesday 13 February 2018.

  • Woodcote Wood, Weston Heath (17/03661/EIA) Proposed new access & installation of processing plant to facilitate sand & gravel extraction on adjacent Woodcote Wood site. Decision: That, as per the officer’s recommendation, planning permission be granted, subject to the conditions and legal obligations as set out in Appendix 1 to the report and subject to the additional conditions as set out in the Schedule of Additional Letters.
    • Woodcote Wood, Weston Heath (SC/MB2005/0336/BR) Construction of access to B4379, extraction and processing of sand and gravel, re-profiling and restoration of the site, related highway works to B4379 and A41. Decision:
      1. That, having noted the updated environmental information submitted in support of the Environmental Statement accompanying the application, planning permission be granted as per the Officer’s recommendation, thereby re-ratifying the original approval resolution dated 25 July 2006, subject to:
      • The conditions as set out in Appendix 1 to the report;
      • Condition No. 13 being amended as follows:“No development shall take place until the sole access proposed under application reference 17/03661/EIA has been constructed to the written satisfaction of the Local Planning Authority.”
      • The additional conditions as set out in the Schedule of Additional Letters.

      2.         That the requirement for a legal agreement originally set out in the committee resolution dated 25th July 2006 be updated and transferred to planning application 17/03661/EIA on the basis that the substantive issues are more appropriately dealt with in that application than the current proposals.

  • The Chalet, Crumps Brook, Hopton Wafers (16/01608/FUL) Erection of replacement dwelling. Decision: That, as per the officer’s recommendation, planning permission be granted, subject to the conditions as set out in Appendix 1 to the report. 
  • Astbury Hall, Astbury, Bridgnorth, WV16 6AT (17/05426/VAR) Variation of conditions 21& 34 attached to planning permission 98/0829 dated 07/03/2000 (and 11/01774/VAR) to allow for continued use of marquee for a further five years. Decision: That, as per the officer’s recommendation, planning permission be granted, subject to the conditions as set out in Appendix 1 to the report, subject to Condition No. 2 being amended to read as follows: “The playing of amplified recorded sound/music and amplified live sound/music in any outside area, including in marquees, shall not take place after 23:00 hours and not before 09:00 hours the following day.”

For further information relating to the decisions go to our online planning register and search for the application by using the reference number or keyword.

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University Centre Shrewsbury strengthens partnership with New College of the Humanities

Shropshire Council News Feed - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 11:42

News from our partners University Centre Shrewsbury

Professor Tim Wheeler, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Chester (left) and AC Grayling, Master of the New College of the Humanities and its Professor of Philosophy, signing the Memorandum of Understanding.

University Centre Shrewsbury (UCS) is creating new academic and research opportunities for students and staff in partnership with the prestigious New College of the Humanities (NCH), founded by esteemed author, academic and philosopher AC Grayling.

Professor Tim Wheeler, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Chester and AC Grayling, Master of NCH, London, and its Professor of Philosophy, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) this week.

Strengthening links between UCS and NCH, they agreed the MoU at the Evolution of Education Conference this week (Tuesday 13 February 2018), which was held at Guildhall, UCS’s learning and research base.

The Memorandum outlines how the two institutions will work together to enhance learning and research in a range of ways including student and staff exchanges, the development and sharing of publications, and collaboration on research.

NCH is a university-level college in the heart of London. Small by design, it offers a unique and broad liberal arts-inspired curriculum with highly personalised teaching, including a gold standard one-to-one tutorial system.

A partnership between the University of Chester and Shropshire Council, UCS is a distinctive institution, focused on high-quality teaching and research, fostering entrepreneurship and contributing to the community.

Prof Wheeler said:

“This Memorandum of Understanding reinforces the relationship for which we have created the foundations between UCS and the New College of the Humanities, including running the Evolution of Education Conference together this week.

“Our students benefit from excellent learning and research opportunities, and by working with NCH we can further increase the leading-edge options available to them.”

Prof Grayling added:

“Co-operating and pooling strengths is the way of the future; together UCS and NCH can make contributions in our shared fields of interest to the great benefit of our students and higher education in general. The Memorandum of Understanding we have signed together is a demonstration of that link and our commitment to it.”

Prof Grayling is the author of more than 30 books on philosophy, biography, history of ideas, and essays. He is a columnist for Prospect magazine, and was for a number of years a columnist on the Guardian and Times. He has contributed to many leading newspapers in the UK, US and Australia, to BBC Radio 4, 3, 2 and the World Service, for which he did the annual Exchanges at the Frontier series. He also often appears on television.

He has twice been a judge for the Booker Prize, in 2015 serving as the Chair of the judging panel. He is a Vice President of the British Humanist Association, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

The Evolution of Education Conference focused on the challenges posed for the future of education in a complex and uncertain world, and featured keynote addresses from Prof Grayling and Prof Wheeler.

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Era comes to an end as The Market Buffet café in Shrewsbury bows out to retirement after 50 years

Shropshire Council News Feed - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 10:15

After half a century of serving ‘legendary’ homemade lunches, puddings and cakes to generations of Salopians, the family behind one of Shrewsbury’s most popular ever cafes is bowing out to retirement.

An era will come to an end when members of the Maddox family, which launched The Market Buffet back in 1968, hang up their aprons for the very last time at the end of February (2018).

Joy Vance (left) and her mother Noreen Maddox are hanging up their aprons of the legendary The Market Buffet for the last time.

It is estimated that over the years The Market Buffet has served more than 2,500,000.  A new owner is now being sought for the café, based in Shrewsbury Market Hall, and it has already received a lot of interest.

Joy Vance, granddaughter of the founder Gwendoline Maddox, said:-

“We have lovely loyal customers and large thanks has to go to all the people who have supported us over the decades.

“The fact that the café has been successful for so long has been a testament, not only to the Market Hall, but our loyal customers, many of whom started coming when they were children and are returning with their children and even grandchildren.

“We’ll all miss it desperately because it has been such a major part of our lives as a family for so long.”

Joy is hanging up her apron to spend more time with her grandchildren and to help husband Neil run the family’s mixed farm near Minsterley.

The café was originally opened by Gwendoline back in 1968 on a pannier stall on the market’s main trading floor, with borrowed china cups and saucers. It expanded considerably over the years and for most of its life has filled a large sunny area on the market’s gallery floor.

It is a traditional English cafe offering comforting homebaked pies, all-day breakfasts, snacks and traditional puddings and cakes. It seats up to 80 people and can serve up to 500 customers on a busy Saturday.

Joy took over the helm of the business from her mother Noreen Maddox two-and-a-half-years ago. Noreen had run the café for 41 years. Now, aged 81, she still bakes two days a week, making a large number of the legendary cakes, scones, lemon meringues, and quiches that earned the café its reputation for good, honest, home-cooked food.

Noreen said:

“All good things must come to a end.

“I’ve loved every minute! The best accolade is when someone says it’s my goodness that was great!

“We’ve got customers who were coming when they were children with their grandmas or mothers and now they come with their children or grandchildren. It has been three of four generations of families coming.

“It will be sad but Joy and I will be coming in regularly for coffee to see our old customers and enjoy a chat!”

Kate Gittins, Shropshire Council’s market facilities manager, said:

“This is not just the end of an era, it’s the end of a much-loved institution. The Market Buffet has been such an important part of the market for so many years. We will miss Joy and Noreen very much.”

Family has been the café’s lifeblood. Nearly all members of the Maddox family have worked at the café, at some stage, over four generations. Joy and her sister Caroline, who also helped Noreen run the café for many years, began as Saturday girls. Noreen and her husband Mike (Gwen’s son) stepped in when Gwen became ill and took over after she died.

Noreen’s mother Olive Grundell also helped out. She brought huge experience, having been a cook at the stately home Stokesay Court in her early life. ‘Nanny’, as she was always known by staff and customers, worked until the age of 91, by then helping out on a Saturday.

Back in the 1980s Noreen was among National Market Traders Federation members who’d organise regular entertainment in the Market Hall. For the market’s annual Christmas carol concert they’d attract celebrity acts such as The Nolan Sisters, The Bachelors and Cannon and Ball. 


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Grant scheme funding available for Shropshire farmers

Shropshire Council News Feed - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 09:54

Farmers across Shropshire are being encouraged to bid for a share of £60 million, offered by the Government to enable them to purchase equipment to improve the productivity of their farm.

Launched last week (7 February 2018), the RDPE Countryside Productivity Small Grant scheme aims to help farmers across the country achieve improvements in either animal welfare, resource efficiency or nutrient management.

Through this scheme, farmers can apply for funding between £3,000 and £12,000 – up to 40% of the total cost of the equipment on offer.

It is only open to farmers based in England and includes livestock, dairy, arable and horticulture.

Applications can be made online until 14 March 2018 (midday).

Nic Laurens, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for economic growth, said:

“The agricultural sector is very important to Shropshire, with over 81% of the county’s land area designated to agricultural production – one of the highest levels in England.

“This new DEFRA scheme provides a tremendous opportunity for you and your farm to benefit from RDPE grant funding. The application process is straightforward and there is a wide range of equipment on offer which could help you to improve your farm’s productivity.”

Full details, including eligibility, the type of equipment that can be purchased and how to apply, can be found on the following link


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Decisions made by Cabinet on 14 February 2018, plus video of meeting

Shropshire Council News Feed - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 16:13

The following decisions were made by Shropshire Council’s Cabinet at its meeting today (Wednesday 14 February 2018).

To see the full agenda and papers, click here.

These items on the published agenda were discussed and approved in line with the recommendations:

  • Financial monitoring report Quarter 3 2017/18
  • Financial Strategy 2018/19 to 2020/21 -- final
  • Robustness of estimates and adequacy of reserves
  • Fees and charges 2018/19
  • Estimated collection fund outturn 2018/19
  • Treasury Strategy 2018/19
  • Treasury management update Quarter 3 2017/18
  • Business rates revaluation discretionary relief scheme 2018/19
  • Revocation of air quality management areas
  • Determination of admission arrangements 2019/20

Video of the meeting:-

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Airband announces key milestone on £11.2m Shropshire project

Shropshire Council News Feed - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 15:54

News from our partners Airband

Worcester-based Internet Service Provider Airband has announced that the first customer on the Connecting Shropshire project has gone live in Shifnal, Shropshire.

The project, part of the UK Government’s superfast broadband rollout and supported by the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership, is part of an £11.2m contract to extend Superfast broadband to 14,000+ local premises by 2020.

IT security manager Andrew Lee and his wife Sulayma, who live in a village outside Shifnal, are the first to be installed with Superfast broadband under the first phase of the project. The couple have been waiting for faster broadband for four years and are delighted to now have a Superfast broadband connection from Airband.

Andrew and Sulayma Lee are the first customers to be installed with superfast broadband by Airband under the Connecting Shropshire programme. Photo credit: James Greenoff-Cairns.

Andrew said:-

“We live in a tiny village with just 46 houses three miles from Shifnal, close to Cosford airbase, but our communications have always been poor.

“When BT upgraded the exchange in Albrighton it didn’t make any difference to us, so we were really keen to get a better connection with Airband.

“It’s a challenging location so installation wasn’t straightforward. I think this is because we are in a valley and it took a while to establish line-of-sight connection and also because our house is a listed building. They were very patient and thorough and to be honest I’m overjoyed with the results.

“Before our Airband connection, we had download speed of 2.5 Mbps. Streaming stuff was awful – it was always buffering, and working from home was almost impossible. Now we have 30 Mbps and I am able to work from home when I need to.”

Dave Lloyd, project manager at Airband, said:

“Rural Shropshire suffers with some of the poorest broadband speeds in the UK, and we are delighted to be playing a significant role in turning this situation around. This key milestone highlights the progress we’re making to help connect rural residents across the county. The project will be going live in five phases. Phase 1 of the project is due to complete in Spring and involves 28 transmitter sites. During this period, Airband will be making Superfast broadband available to 7,000 homes. Further areas will be going live incrementally as the network is created.”

At present, Airband is offering a range of Superfast broadband packages to suit everyone, from £10 to £42 per month, dependent on data and speed requirements.

Nic Laurens, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member with responsibility for broadband, commented:

Making superfast broadband available to 14,000+ homes and businesses by the end of 2020 will be a boost to Shropshire’s economy. We want to improve the personal and professional lives of people in Shropshire and delivering better broadband services is a key part of this aim. The first live customer on the new Airband network is a landmark that we feel very excited about. We’re very pleased with the progress Airband is making and we look forward to their roll-out of this project over the coming months and years.”

This week’s first live customer announcement comes just a few weeks after Connecting Shropshire and Airband announced the live launch of the first transmitter site, serving over 300 homes and businesses. The transmitter provides superfast broadband connectivity of 30Mbps to parts of Sheriffhales and Shifnal parishes, and other communities further east, such as Tong. Now that the network for phase 1 is well underway, it is anticipated that Superfast broadband will be available to 7,000 homes by the end of Spring this year.

Airband’s deployment of fixed wireless broadband works by sending a radio signal from a transmitter site to a small receiver attached to the property. A cable is then run into the building allowing the end-user to access the internet in the same way as any other broadband connection.

Further information

About Connecting Shropshire

  • The Connecting Shropshire programme is bringing superfast broadband (with a download speed of at least 30mbps) to parts of the Shropshire Council area where it isn’t economically viable for commercial companies to do so.
  • Since 2013, Connecting Shropshire has provided over 54,000 premises in the Shropshire Council area with access to a superfast broadband connection.
  • More information is available on the Connecting Shropshire programme website:

About Airband

  • Airband is an internet service provider that focuses on delivering superfast broadband to ‘hard to reach’ and rural communities across England and Wales where a traditional fibre solution cannot be used. This is achieved by using fixed wireless radio wave technology to bring speeds of 20Mbps to 1Gbps, connecting users to the internet via overground transmissions rather than digging up roads to lay underground cables. The result is a low impact solution ideally suited to rural areas, National Parks and AONBs.
  • With over 10 years’ experience, the Airband team plan, install and maintain a private network, tailoring the solution to the local environment, taking into account the geography, the existing wireless landscape and the economics of each project, enabling the best possible connection and speed to each location.
  • For more information, please contact Lauren Davies on 01905 676121 or by email at:

About Superfast Britain

  • Superfast Britain is a Government programme of investment in broadband and communication infrastructure across the UK. Run by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, this investment helps businesses to grow, creates jobs and will make Britain more competitive in the global race.
  • Administered on behalf of Government by Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), Superfast Britain is transforming Britain by promoting growth, enabling skills and learning, and improving quality of life. For further information:

About the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership

  • The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is driving accelerated economic growth through investment in innovation, higher level skills, housing and business sites across the region. It aims to deliver 70,000 homes and 40,000 jobs by 2031.
  • The Marches region, which includes Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin, is a dynamic business region where entrepreneurs flourish alongside global players. Covering 2,300 sq miles and with a growing population of 666,700, it is home to 29,800 businesses and a £12.3 billion economy.
  • Bordered by the West Midlands to the east and Wales to the west, the Marches’ key centres of population and employment are the city of Hereford and thriving towns of Shrewsbury and Telford.  A network of 25 smaller market towns and a large rural area make up the rest of the settlement mix – with the Marches recognised as being one of the most enterprising regions in the UK.
  • High profile businesses which have chosen to base operations here include BAE Defence Systems; GKN; Westons Cider; Grainger & Worrall; Stadco; Caterpillar; Mϋller Dairy UK, Doncasters Aerospace, Denso, Capgemini, Ricoh, Cargill, Heineken, Grocontinental, McConnels, Kerry Ingredients, Special Metals, Kingspan and Makita.
  • The Marches is also home to centres of excellence and institutions which promote and foster the transfer of knowledge including Harper Adams University and its National Centre for Precision Farming, University Centre Shrewsbury, the University of Wolverhampton campus and e-innovation centre at Priorslee, and Food Enterprise Centre in Shrewsbury.
  • The designated Enterprise Zone of the Marches LEP is in Hereford, at Skylon Park. It is the only Enterprise Zone in England with a unique defence and security sector focus, drawing on the city’s heritage as the home of the SAS.
  • The LEP area is home to some iconic places of interest. The Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, the Shropshire Hills and the Wye Valley Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Offa’s Dyke, the rivers Severn and Wye, and places of national renown including Ludlow and Ross-on-Wye make it a highly popular place to both visit and relocate to.
  • The Marches has a diverse business base and is recognised for its sector strength in advanced manufacturing and engineering; agri-food and drink; automotive and defence & security.
  • Business support in the Marches is offered via the Marches Growth Hub, a business-friendly website at and helpline on 0345 6000 727, developed by the LEP.
  • You can learn more about the Marches LEP at and contact the LEP by emailing

Local Growth Fund

  • Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) are playing a vital role in driving forward economic growth across the country, helping to build a country that works for everyone. That’s why, by 2021, Government will have invested over £12bn through the Local Growth Fund, allowing LEPs to use their local knowledge to get all areas of the country firing on all cylinders. Analysis has shown that every £1 of Local Growth Fund invested could generate £4.81 in benefits
  • Further information: if you would like some further facts about the Fund, or the wider regeneration work going on across the country, please contact the DCLG press office by emailing in the first instance to request any additional information you might need.


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Local energy adviser Davina Allen from Marches Energy Agency is named a Heat Hero

Shropshire Council News Feed - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 16:32

News from our partners Marches Energy Agency

Davina Allen from Shrewsbury was named a Heat Hero at a special awards ceremony at the Houses of Parliament last week. As part of her role at local charity Marches Energy Agency, Davina helps deliver the Keep Shropshire Warm energy advice scheme.

The Heat Heroes Awards, are open to individuals across England and Wales and celebrates those who go above and beyond to get the recognition they deserve – for helping people in their community live in warmer homes.

Held in partnership between ScottishPower and the charity National Energy Action, this year there were some very strong candidates, but the judges managed to select 15 worthy winners.

Not-for-profit organisations including councils, health and social care agencies, voluntary and statutory agencies and community groups were encouraged to nominate staff and volunteers for the award.

Maria Wardrobe, Director of Communications and External Relations at National Energy Action commented:

“Each year I am bowled over by the passion and tenacity that our Heat Heroes demonstrate, always going above and beyond what is expected of them in their job or as unpaid volunteers. It was a delight to meet them and be able to say well done and thank you on behalf of those they help.”

Gillian Noble, Sales Director at ScottishPower, said:

“ScottishPower is delighted to be sponsoring the Heat Heroes Awards for the sixth year. The hard work and commitment shown by these dedicated people within their communities is crucially important in helping to tackle fuel poverty. On behalf of ScottishPower I’d like to congratulate all the nominees and winners.”

The winners were shining examples to others in their communities. Simon Ross, Marches Energy Agency’s Director, said:-

“Davina has worked tirelessly to support vulnerable residents suffering from the effects of a cold home in Shropshire. Across the Midlands she has supported over 1,000 households in fuel poverty, and accessed more than £200,000 of funding for new heating measures to help make them more comfortable in their homes.  As one local resident said afterwards ‘Words cannot express my gratitude for your support in helping me get a new boiler.  It has allowed me to come alive again’.”

Keep Shropshire Warm is Shropshire Council’s energy advice service, managed by Shrewsbury based charity Marches Energy Agency. Residents across Shropshire can access free and impartial advice and support. The helpline is available on 0800 112 3743 or via email at

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Free events exploring the opportunities for British companies in China

Shropshire Council News Feed - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 10:38

News from our partners University Centre Shrewsbury

Two free events exploring the opportunities for British companies in China are being held at University Centre Shrewsbury (UCS).

Mark Schneider will discuss trends in the medical and healthcare sector in China, and the business opportunities being created by them, on Thursday 22 February 2018.

Mark Schneider will be sharing his insights at Guildhall.

Then, on Thursday 8 March 2018, a second talk will take place focusing on the environmental consequences of industrialisation and urbanisation in China, the innovative solutions being sought, and how businesses can take advantage of these developments.

Both events start at 6pm, are open to everyone, and are being presented at Guildhall, UCS’s learning and research base in Frankwell Quay.

Mark has been involved in innovation and knowledge transfer for more than 20 years. During that time he has managed a number of complex projects and services, involving a multitude of partners and stakeholders in the UK, Europe and China.

Since May 2013, he has been working with partners in China to help West Midlands organisations develop business, research and development, as well as civic links with Chinese regions and cities.

He said:

“The medical/health sector in China is currently undergoing a period of transformation in response to an ageing population, a middle class which is increasing in wealth and size, as well as the opening up of the Chinese state to western medical technology and approaches.

“In addition, China has undergone massive levels of industrialisation and urbanisation in the last 20 years; both have had a dramatic impact on the country’s environment, particularly its water and air quality. The Chinese government recognises that these issues are having an impact on the economy and are likely to reduce growth and prosperity in the future, and thus pioneering solutions are being sought.

“These talks will look at the changes, the responses needed and how they are providing unique opportunities for British companies.”

Admission is free but booking is essential for both ‘Trends in the Medical/Healthcare Sector in China: the Business Opportunities Being Created and How to Take Advantage of Them’ and ‘Industrialisation and Urbanisation in China and their Environmental Consequences: the Business Opportunities for Cleantech and Environmental Technology Companies and How to Take Advantage of Them’.

To reserve places go to: and or

Alternatively, people can visit the reception at Guildhall (SY3 8HQ) which is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and from 9am to 4pm on Fridays, or call 01743 297185.

These talks are part of a series of events at UCS covering a range of subjects. Many of the events are free, and they are open to everyone. For further details go to

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Broseley and Barrow residents invited to find out more about neighbourhood planning

Shropshire Council News Feed - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 09:09

Members of the Broseley and Barrow Local Joint Committee (LJC) have organised a drop-in session at the Victoria Hall, Broseley Tuesday 20 February 2018 from 6pm.

Edward West, a Shropshire Council planning policy specialist, will give a brief talk about neighbourhood planning and the Local Plan Review, and chat with locals.

Councilor Simon Harris, chair of the LJC, will also be talking about the proposed Neighbourhood Plan for Broseley and Benthall.

The format of the meeting has changed slightly and, as well as listening to presentations, residents will have the chance to drop in and talk to councillors and officers in a more informal setting at the beginning of the evening.

Simon Harris said:-

“Broseley and Benthall have started the process of preparing a Neighbourhood Plan and we want residents to come and find out more and have their say.  We know people’s time is precious, and therefore we hope residents will appreciate the opportunity of being able to pop in and have their say over a cup of tea.”

The meeting will also include an update from the local policing team regarding crime and safety in the area.

For further information call Kerry Rogers, community enablement officer (south), on 07990 085206.


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Whitchurch Economic Growth Strategy on agenda at Whitchurch and area LJC meeting on 21 February

Shropshire Council News Feed - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 15:53

The next Whitchurch area Local Joint Committee (LJC) meeting will be on Wednesday 21 February 2018 at Whitchurch Civic Centre. Doors open at 6.30pm to enable people to come along and speak to their local councillors.

A representative from the local policing team will be in attendance to provide an update at the meeting on recent incidents or local crime trends. There will also be a representative from the Ambulance Service who will be available to answer questions relating to recent incidents or developments.

Councillor Bev Duffy will be sharing the work that Whitchurch Town Council have been doing on this subject, and the Chair of the Whitchurch Chamber of Trade will update us on their role and how this fits in with the strategy.

Shropshire Council officers will be attending to give a talk and facilitate a workshop about the Whitchurch Economic Growth Strategy. The public are invited to get involved, share their ideas and visions. It will be a piece of cake!

All papers for the meeting can be found on Shropshire Council’s website: click here.

For further information please contact Belinda Doolan, community enablement officer, or tel 01743 252346.

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Billions of pounds of Midlands investment opportunities to be unveiled at MIPIM 2018

Shropshire Council News Feed - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 11:34

New from our partners West Midlands Growth Company

The Midlands area will come together to showcase investment opportunities worth almost £10 billion at this year’s global property and real estate show MIPIM (Tuesday 13 March – Friday 16 March 2018 in Cannes).

More than 70 public and private sector partners, 10 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas, and the Department for International Trade (DIT) will represent the region – the largest delegation Midlands UK has ever taken to the annual event.

The region will present details of the multi-billion pound portfolio to the exhibition’s 24,000 attendees, which will include potential investors, property agents, developers and media from more than 100 countries.

It is the second year that the Midlands region will work together to attract investment from around the world following a successful united presence at MIPIM 2017.

Destination attending MIPIM as part of the Midlands UK delegation include Birmingham, the Black Country, Coventry & Warwickshire, Derby & Derbyshire, Greater Lincolnshire, Leicester & Leicestershire, The Marches, Nottingham, Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire, UK Central Solihull, West Midlands Combined Authority, City of Wolverhampton and Worcestershire.

The region’s presence is being coordinated by the West Midlands Growth Company, with key partners including Birmingham Airport and East Midlands Airport, global car giant Jaguar Land Rover and the Midlands Enterprise Universities Group.

A 200m² dedicated Midlands UK pavilion will showcase the region’s investment portfolio, with separate sections for each destination partner, and an event space to host a programme of more than 50 events, including presentations, receptions and panel discussions.

Sir John Peace, Chairman of the Midlands Engine, said:

“The Midlands UK delegation will show the world that the region is open for business. We are confident about the future and are ready to build on the Midlands commercial and trading history.

“Where else can you find one of the fastest growing regions in the world, sitting at the heart of one of the world’s largest economies, with a bed of skills and infrastructure in which to grow your business.

“By working together, Midlands UK will promote the region to investors and trade partners – delivering more growth, exports, jobs, and a better quality of life for those living in the region.”

Jenny Kenning, Director, Midlands Enterprise Universities, said:

“As a consortium of seven entrepreneurial universities, we are delighted to sponsor Midlands UK at MIPIM 2018.  As strong anchor institutions we regenerate place and communities as well as providing a highly skilled talent pool and an innovative ecosystem for businesses to thrive. At MIPIM we are keen to meet new partners, who would like to work with us to create a prosperous Midlands.”

Rob Groves, Regional Director of Argent, said:

“Paradise Birmingham is contributing to the growing momentum in the regional commercial property sector that is seeing more top-quality developments brought to market, creating jobs, opportunities and economic growth across the city and wider Midlands. Paradise showcases to the MIPIM audience some of the key economic drivers behind the region’s on-going ambitions.”

The Midlands UK area has a population of 10 million people – 15.4% of the UK – and an economy worth more than £200 billion economy. Last year, the Midlands UK region attracted 225 foreign direct investment projects, creating over 8,300 new jobs.

Further information 

The private sector partners joining forces with the Midlands UK delegation this year include:

Platinum partners: Jaguar Land Rover, East Midlands Airport, Midlands Enterprise Universities, Birmingham Airport, Court Collaboration.

Principal partners: CEG, Gleeds, Harworth Estates, Godwin Development, Scape, Friargate, Warwick University, Extra MSA, Countryside, Calthorpe Estates, Miller Developments, Paradise, Bouygues, Ramboll, PGC Capital, Bruntwood, Arcadis, Birmingham Life Sciences Park.


MIPIM is the world’s leading global property event. The four consecutive day exhibition takes place annually in Cannes, France in March. 23,000 delegates attended in 2017 with 5,000 investors and 80 different countries were represented.

For more info:

The Midlands Engine

The Midland Engine Partnership’s core purpose is to create a Midlands Engine that powers the UK economy and competes on the world stage. The Midlands strategic location, strong sense of identity and reputation as the beating heart of the national economy will ensure the UK’s future as a global economic power.

The Partnership’s ambition is to add £54 billion to the Midlands and UK economies by 2030. The vision sets out five investment priorities, which will accelerate productivity across the region and power the growth of an already £200 billion economy to the benefit of UK plc.

West Midlands Growth Company

The West Midlands Growth Company (WMGC) has been established in partnership with Local Enterprise Partnerships, local authorities, Growth Hubs, universities and a wide range of businesses across the private sector. It focuses its core activities across Greater Birmingham and Solihull, Coventry and Warwickshire and the Black Country, with the potential and scope to deliver services in a wider Midlands context. The company works in partnership with the Midlands Engine and destination partners to act as the central coordinator for the region’s exhibit at MIPIM.

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Cold weather alert: advice on hand to help you stay safe and well this winter

Shropshire Council News Feed - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 10:58

Shropshire Council and Public Health England (PHE) are continuing to urge people in the wintry conditions to check on older friends, family and neighbours who may feel isolated.

The Met Office has said that cold conditions, presently affecting some parts of the country, are likely to stay in place for several days, meaning a lot of people will have to contend with snow, ice and low temperatures.

Stay well this winter

Spells of weather like this can put older people, those with underlying health conditions and young children, at risk from a range of conditions, because cold weather forces their bodies to work much harder than usual.

Dr Angie Bone, of PHE’s Extreme Events team, said:

“In events like this it’s possible that some people who are not in the best of health will stay at home, rather than risk venturing out in cold and icy conditions, and this can lead to feeling more isolated than usual.

“That’s why as this colder period continues we should all check in on those we know, whether they’re friends, family or neighbours, who may be at risk, and offer to lend a helping hand. Do they need shopping or a prescription fetching? Can they get to GP or hospital appointments? Do they just need some company? It can be all too easy for those of us who are fit and well and able to cope with the cold – but it’s really important to remember that it can leave some people feeling a bit cut off.”

Shropshire Council’s ‘Stay safe and well this winter’ website offers a range of advice and information, from helping vulnerable people to remain safe and well, to notifications of school closures and travel updates.

The website signposts people to a wide range of both local and national winter-related information which includes:

         Stay well this winter, NHS advice – to help those people who are most at risk of illness during winter to take steps to stay well, including make sure you get your flu jab. Pharmacies offer flu vaccinations in Shropshire.

         Keep well and warm– Government advice on staying well in cold weather, covering issues such as financial help, healthy lifestyle and heating.

         Road gritting– updates on where and when gritters are out in Shropshire.

         Get Ready for Winter– Met Office advice and information of the dangers posed by winter weather and provide tips and advice on how to minimise its impact.

         Winter advice for older people– advice and information from Age UK.

         Shropshire Newsroom– news and updates from Shropshire Council.

         Travel updates– travel updates from Highways England.

         School closures– updates of any school closures in Shropshire.

Lee Chapman, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for health, adult social care and housing, said:

“Shropshire Council’s ‘stay safe and well’ pages are designed to help residents in Shropshire remain well throughout the winter period.

“Much of this advice is common sense but it’s always worth making the point as there are many people out there, the very young and very old and those with heart and lung problems, who will feel the effects of cold weather very much more acutely than others, that’s why we issue these warnings, so that people think about what activities are appropriate for them and their situation.

“We therefore urge people to take practical steps such as to wrap up warm before the temperature dial hits freezing, so I’d really encourage everyone to view our stay safe and well pages, which offer invaluable advice and tips, as well as useful contacts, on keeping safe and well.”

Top tips to prepare for colder weather

You should

  • look out for friends and family who may be vulnerable to the cold and ensure they have access to warm food and drinks and are managing to heat their homes adequately
  • try to maintain indoor temperatures to at least 18°C, particularly if you are not mobile, have long term illness or are 65 or over
  • stay tuned for weather forecasts, ensure you are stocked with food and medications in advance, have deliveries or ask a friend to help
  • take weather into account when planning your activity over the following days
  • seek entitlements and benefits such as Winter Fuel Payments and Cold Weather Payments, which are available to some
  • avoid exposing yourself to cold or icy outdoor conditions if you are at a higher risk of cold related illness or falls
  • discuss with friends and neighbours about clearing snow and ice from in front of your house and public walkways nearby.

Power and utility companies have schemes which make at-risk groups a priority for reconnection following power cuts. Find out if you meet the criteria and if so, sign up. Visit for more information.

There’s lots of useful advice on the Stay safe and well this winter

Latest winter health news

For up-to-date news on keeping well in winter follow @shropcouncil.

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