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New team appointed to make-over Manor Royal



The Manor Royal BID has taken steps to further improve the look and feel of the business district by appointing a new team to significantly enhance the standards of everyday maintenance in Crawley’s main employment area. 

Having successfully brought investment to improve Manor Royal’s entranceways, signage and open spaces, the BID team has also recognised a need to enhance the general upkeep of the area.

In the months ahead, the new maintenance team, proudly wearing their new BID-branded jackets, will be working across Manor Royal in Crawley to spruce up the area.  Their work will complement the work of the new Business Rangers Service which will also be launched shortly.

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Steve Sawyer, Executive Director of Manor Royal BID is pleased to see the new service introduced.  He said: “Improving the standard of maintenance ranked highly in our latest business survey.  In response, we have created a new action plan to get our business district looking as good as it can, enhancing the current level of maintenance over and above those Crawley Borough Council are routinely able to provide.

“We’ve already invested in some big infrastructure improvements, but the little things also matter and can have a big impact on your impression of a place.  When you look good, you feel good and that goes for places too!”

Councillor Peter Smith, Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development at Crawley Borough Council, said: “This enhanced maintenance programme demonstrates the benefit of Manor Royal Business District and Crawley Borough Council working together and ensures that Manor Royal looks its best, continues to entice businesses and provides a more attractive working environment for the tens of thousands of people who are employed on the business district.”

The work of the maintenance team will be regularly reported on the Manor Royal website here so that everyone can see and keep track of the positive impact they are making.


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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.



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

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