Sara’s Blog: Policy hour with Abi Brown

This Friday at 3pm, we have our latest online Policy Hour meeting. I am delighted that we will have an hour in the company of Councillor Abi Brown, Leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

Meeting Councillor Abi Brown is always an uplifting experience. The nine years as a councillor, five years as deputy-leader and 12 months as leader have done little to dampen her enthusiasm, optimism, and strong-minded determination to make her native city great again.

Stoke-on-Trent and the whole of North Staffordshire faces a testing time made tougher by the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

This policy hour session is a great opportunity to hear what initiatives and projects are in the pipeline to move the local economy forwards. These include, the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel in Smithfield, which had its opening delayed by the lockdown and will be opening its doors soon; Clayworks, from the Council’s wholly owned housing company, Fortior Homes; and a new multi-storey car park. In addition, there are plans to develop the East/West Precinct – one of the largest prime city centre development sites in the Midlands.

The Council’s capital programme will also support Ceramic Valley Enterprise Zone, comprising six key sites totalling 140 hectares along the A500 corridor. It is one of the most successful enterprise zones in the country.

And Councillor Brown will also be able to answer questions on the education of our young people, the roads and transport infrastructure and how the retail centres are going to work as they open up post Covid-19.

If you have any questions you would like to ask of Abi, please could you send them to by Thursday 11 June, or alternatively we will be using the Q&A facility on Zoom for any questions on the day.

If you would like to attend, click the link to register. Zoom will then send you a confirmation with joining details for the webinar.

If you want to talk to us about any business matters you can call our switchboard on 01782 202222 or call the Stoke and Staffs Growth Hub Helpline on 0300 111 8002. We also have a Twitter hour each Tuesday and Friday from 11am – 12noon #StaffsChamberChat

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