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Pavements in Manor Royal Business District are set for significant resurfacing works thanks to additional investment from West Sussex County Council in connection with the Crawley Growth Programme.

Over the next few weeks, footpaths along Manor Royal, Fleming Way, Kelvin Way, Newton Road, Priestley Way and Rutherford Way will be improved by replacing old flagstone paving with new tarmac to support walking and cycling.

The works are supported by the recently announced £60m Crawley Growth Programme to unlock new jobs and employment space, which has benefited from a £14.6m contribution from the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership. As well as being a boost for businesses and the local economy the Crawley Growth Programme is designed to provide transport infrastructure and highways upgrades and new homes.

The news was welcomed by the Manor Royal BID, which commissioned an area-wide audit of roads and pavements last year to identify those areas most in need of improvement.  “We are delighted with this news, which is essential to the continued success of Manor Royal” said Keith Pordum, Vice-Chairman of the Manor Royal BID and MD of Bon Appetit Ltd.  “West Sussex County Council has responded very positively to our concerns about the condition of roads and pavements and this is further evidence of the importance they attach to growing the economy here.”

Stephen Hillier, West Sussex County Council Lead Cabinet Member for the Crawley District Deal, said: “This is just one project in what is a major long-term investment in the Crawley area.  We’re pleased to be able to confirm this work in Manor Royal as we know this is an important issue for businesses and local residents alike.”

Councillor Peter Smith, Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Development at Crawley Borough Council, said: “I’m thrilled that these pavement resurfacing works are taking place in Manor Royal. The continued success of Manor Royal is critical to Crawley and improvements to the area will help to maintain Manor Royal as the place to do business, resulting in more prosperity which benefits Crawley as a whole.”

County Council contractors are set to begin work this month (December) with completion in the first part of 2018. More details of the planned works will be published on the Manor Royal website at www.manorroyal.org

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  1. Kevin hall

    15th December 2017 at 10:34 am

    That nice of them to do this much needed work, as I walk around manor royal with my dogs, , but I do hope its not the same company that layed, the tarmac in Latimer close in the summer . As they layed the tarmac on top of ? Well just dirt.

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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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