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The largest city in Staffordshire is Stoke-on-Trent. Lichfield also has city status, although this is a considerably smaller cathedral city. Major towns include Stafford (the county town), Burton upon Trent, Cannock, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Leek and Tamworth.
Nationally and internationally known companies have chosen Staffordshire as their home, including The Britannia Building Society which is based in Leek and JCB based in Rocester near Uttoxeter. The theme park Alton Towers is in the Staffordshire Moorlands and several of the world's largest pottery manufacturers are based in Stoke-on-Trent.
The county has relatively good links to the national roads network. Several major roads intersect the county, making it a popular location for commuters leaving the county, but also, those choosing to stay and base their serviced office in Staffordshire.
The M42 has a junction in Tamworth at the south-east of the county, and heads south-west towards Birmingham. The M6 runs north through the county and junctions 10A-16 are in the county. The M6 Toll, the UK's first toll motorway, runs through the county with junctions in Weeford near Lichfield, Cannock and joins the M6 heading north towards Stafford.