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Crawley Carpetright NOT one of the 92 sites to close

Crawley site to stay open as East Grinstead and Redhill are set to close.

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More bad news from the High Street retailers as another large chain announces ‘tough’ action with intent to close 92 stores axing around 300 jobs.

But the news does not stop there as the chain say that another 113 have been identified as having serious concerns whether that is through performance or through current lease terms with some even being questioned as to their sustainability.

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With three in direct proximity to Crawley residents including one near the town centre, it is only Crawley’s site that has escaped this cull.

Redhill and East Grinstead are both to close as part of these cuts.

Carpetright has said that some staff will be relocated but there will be job losses.

The news comes as the latest figures for the High Street show another surge towards online purchasing with only coffee shops and bookstores among the few current showing growth not decline.

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West Sussex’s exciting new crowdfunding platform

From a local event or festival to bringing a disused space back to life, West Sussex has a new way to fund and support local projects.

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Have you ever had an idea that you think would be fantastic for your local area but struggle when it comes to funding the project? Don’t panic. There’s a new way to get the funding.

West Sussex Crowd is a new crowdfunding platform where you can share your community idea and offer neighbours, local businesses and other interested parties the opportunity to pledge their support to make your idea a reality.

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Ideas can now be uploaded online at www.westsussexcrowd.org.uk

Debbie Kennard, Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities, said:

“This is a really exciting time for groups and projects in West Sussex.

“If you have an idea which will benefit your community, whether it’s a renovation project, a festival or even equipment for a club, then upload it to West Sussex Crowd.

“Groups have already put started using the site and I hope we will see many more crowdfunding campaigns launch on there soon.”

West Sussex County Council is making £330,000 Community Initiative Fund available to pledge to projects on the site.

This will replace its previous funding initiatives including the Small Grants Fund and the Members’ Big Society Fund.

Free events for groups with project ideas who would like to start crowdfunding will run in each District and Borough area during May.

Places can be booked here:

Mid Sussex Community Workshop, Monday 14th May, 10am – 12noon
Chichester Community Workshop, Tuesday 15th May, 9.30am – 11.30am
Horsham Community Workshop, Thursday 17th May, 10am – 12noon
Crawley Community Workshop, Thursday 17th May, 2pm – 4pm
Arun Community Workshop, Friday 18th May, 10am – 12noon
Adur/Worthing Community Workshop, Friday 18th May, 2pm – 4pm

Those who have a project idea but are unable to attend an event are encouraged to register for one of these free webinars:

Royal Society of Arts Online Crowdfunding Workshop (with Spacehive taking part), Thursday 19th April, 6pm – 7pm
• Spacehive’s Webinar: How to run an awesome crowdfunding campaign, Wednesday 25th April, 12noon – 1pm

A formal launch event will take place on Wednesday 9 May from 5.30pm to 7pm at St. Paul’s, Worthing.

To find out more and to upload your project to West Sussex Crowd, visit: www.westsussexcrowd.org.uk

If you have further queries about getting started or would like to discuss your project ideas, please e mail communities@westsussex.gov.uk

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