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HENRY SMITH MP WELCOMES DEFENCE INVESTMENT IN CRAWLEY FIRM

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Henry Smith MP has welcomed the involvement of Crawley-based Thales UK in two production deals announced by the Ministry of Defence.

Henry said;

“I welcome the Ministry of Defence signing a £271 million deal to continue to support our world-leading Wildcat helicopters, which will provide a further boost for the Crawley economy by sustaining highly-skilled local jobs.

“The multi-million pound contract plays a crucial role in ensuring our Armed Forces have the equipment they deserve. Crawley continues to play a key role in the security of our nation.”

The new Wildcat Integrated Support and Training (WIST) contract will support jobs in Edinburgh, Luton, and Crawley, where subcontractor Thales UK provide support to communication and aircraft management systems.

Wildcat helicopters are highly versatile aircraft, capable of a range of tasks over land and sea. The Royal Navy’s maritime Wildcat forms the core of the UK’s Frigate and Destroyer aviation capability, performing tasks including Anti-Surface and Submarine Warfare, force protection, transport and the vital information, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISTAR) role.

The Army variant performs reconnaissance, command and control, force protection, and transport roles in a wide variety of environments.

Henry continued;

“This announcement follows last week’s confirmation that the MOD’s contract for support for the UK’s Atlas A400M aircraft will also benefit Crawley, with Thales as part of the supply chain.

“This £410 million pound contract secures a key part of the RAF airlift fleet until 2026.”

Atlas can also carry armoured vehicles; for humanitarian roles it is capable of deploying mobile cranes, excavators and large dump trucks for disaster relief operations.

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  1. Bob Brown

    11th January 2017 at 2:06 pm

    And we would WELCOME a Public Inquiry into the deaths – all 19 of them, at Orchid View care home Mr Smith, are you doing anything about it? Bob Brown at Observing Justice

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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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