Beat the recession by being creative

Amid the difficulties of recession-hit Stoke-on-Trent, there are still numerous opportunities for budding entrepreneurs to start a successful business.

Schemes set-up by Midland Heart, and more prominently BizFizz before that, give local people with talent and ideas, any advice and support they need to create their own business.

Midland Heart is one of the UK’s leading housing associations and their Enterprise and Partnerships Co-ordinator, Carolyn Powell, said it had created numerous opportunities. Continue reading

Fun In The Park For Middleport Community

Over 300 members of Middleport’s community turned out for fun and frolics as they gathered under beautiful sunny skies to take part in an action packed activity day.

Visitors both young and old flocked to Middleport Park and surrounding open space in Stoke-on-Trent, where children were transformed into their favourite characters by face painters whilst others enjoyed the climbing wall, bouncy castle or took advantage of the free health checks available.

Organised by Midland Heart in partnership with Stoke City Council and Renew North Staffordshire, this is the fourth year the event has taken place.


“This event has grown year-on-year and provides an essential date in the calendar for the community where they can get together and have fun in a safe environment.

“Due to the great weather, the turnout has been fantastic and we are already looking ahead to next year’s event.”

Visitors to the event also had the opportunity to speak to local police and police community support officers, or show off their sporting abilities by taking part in a mini Olympics. Everyone also had the opportunity to enter a variety of competitions to win fantastic prizes such as a MP3 player, digital camera and travel cases.