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Additional CCTV approved for Manor Royal

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Funding for additional security cameras around Manor Royal Business District has been approved by the Safer Crawley Partnership in an effort to improve safety and security in the area.

The need for the extra cameras comes after the increase in ‘car cruising’ as well as other crime and antisocial behaviours over the past 18 months which is impacting on the smaller businesses in the area.

The additional cameras will help to supplement the initial Manor Royal Business District Security Camera Project which was installed by the Manor Royal BID and has been in place since September 2016.

With the Safer Crawley Partnership contributing £8,000 and the Manor Royal BID Company match funding the request, the project will be delivered in partnership with Sussex Police.

As Crawley’s main business and employment area, crime and anti-social behaviour can have a significant impact on the appeal of Manor Royal as a place to do business.

Through the BID, working in partnership with Sussex Police and Crawley Borough Council the project aims to combat these issues and improve the trading and working environment of Manor Royal.

Cabinet member for Community Engagement and Public Protection, Councillor Michael Jones, said:

“Manor Royal is the hub of Crawley’s economy and we want to make sure that current business owners feel safe and that their businesses are secure, as well as making the area more attractive to those looking to do business.”

Continuing this, Executive Director of the Manor Royal BID, Steve Sawyer said:

“Manor Royal is a safe place to do business but we can’t be complacent. Over the past few years we have put in place a number of measures and this investment from the Safer Crawley Partnership will allow us to provide enhanced security in those areas we know are more vulnerable.”

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  1. Kevin hall

    2nd January 2018 at 10:14 pm

    More security cameras, . How nice. We are the most spied upon nation in the world . Even Kim of north Korea would be impressed a man on the ground like police men on foot patrol is the way forward, to cover the blinds spots, which any criminal would find (sorry not criminal, must be political correct)a bad person.

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Crawley Borough Council award grants to two local businesses

Two business start-ups have got a leg up through Crawley Borough Council’s Small Business Grants Scheme.

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The Company Connector Ltd and Haus of FLVR are the latest companies to benefit from a council grant, which awards small businesses with up £2,000.

Manor Royal-based business, The Company Connector Ltd, will support local businesses with finding new clients and opportunities as well as encouraging inward investment from overseas. The company has already supported a number of Crawley businesses on a consultancy basis and helped to generate new business.

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The council awarded The Company Connector Ltd with the maximum amount of £2,000, assisting the start-up and first year costs. The financial boost has helped to establish the brand, website and social media, along with the necessary furniture and computer equipment.

Jeremy Taylor, Managing Director of The Company Connector Ltd, said:

“I am delighted to have been awarded this grant, it will contribute towards the set up and immediate development plans of the business including our first mission to Austin, Texas.

“In addition, the grant will enable us to support local businesses reach overseas markets as well as encouraging inward investment from other business centres. I applaud the council for recognising it costs a lot to establish a business that creates new jobs; this assistance is well received”

Haus of FLVR, a company that produces high quality alcohol infused frozen goods, received £2,000 from the Small Business Grant Scheme. The businesses main aims are to create an exciting, affordable and aesthetically pleasing product that brings a fresh and fashionable approach to ice lollies and canapés.

Samara Gidden, Director of Haus of FLVR, said:

“We are thrilled to receive funding to help produce a creative packaging solution that is luxurious and eco-friendly – both prerequisites will work in cohesion.

“We look forward to developing our packaging further and drive our business forward.”

Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development, Councillor Peter Smith, said: “I’m pleased that we can offer two start-up businesses a £2,000 grant.

“It’s important to support businesses in the initial stages; it helps them to get off the ground and positively contributes towards the town’s economic climate.”

The grants scheme is for small businesses with less than 50 employees who operate in the Crawley area.

All Small Business Support Grants projects must be match-funded at least 50 per cent by the small business. Apprenticeship grants up to £1,500 are also available and don’t need to be match-funded.

For more information about business grants and funding visit www.crawley.gov.uk/business

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