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Plans ‘well under way’ for Gatwick Diamond Meet the Buyers 2018

After the success of last years event, organisers of Gatwick Diamond Meet the Buyers say plans for the event this year are ‘well under way’.

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Following the success of the Gatwick Diamond Meet the Buyers event in 2017, organisers say ‘plans are well under way for the Meet the Buyers Programme 2018’, with the main event on 21st November 2018 at the Arora Hotel.

Rosemary French, Executive Director of the Gatwick Diamond Initiative, said: “The 2017 Programme has generated in the region of £700,000 in orders placed or planned from suppliers, with an average spend of around £5,000. Furthermore, one of our Buyers has added every one of the suppliers they have met to their tender list, so who knows how much more could be generated?”

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The 2018 Programme will deliver Free Workshops for businesses across the region to learn how to grow their business with topics including (but not limited to):

• Breaking New Markets in a Post-Brexit Britain
• Digital & Social Media Marketing
• Effective Sales Processes and Practices
• Networking for Real Business Growth
• Presentation & Public Speaking Skills
• Using Innovation and Sustainability in your Business

Rosemary continued, “The Free Workshops are a key part of any business journey in engaging with new Buyers. Alongside being in the room on the 21st November to meet Buyers, Suppliers need to develop their skills as well as make sure they follow up with those they have met.”

Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Development, Councillor Peter Smith, said: “After the success of the 2017 Gatwick Diamond Meet the Buyers programme, I would urge all suppliers to sign up to the 2018 programme to benefit from the range of expertise on offer as well as use the opportunity to network and build your client base.”

Alison Addy, Head of Community Engagement at Gatwick Airport, said: “We’ve been partners with the Gatwick Diamond Meet the Buyers since 2002, and are pleased to see the programme developing from strength to strength. Gatwick is a major economic driver for the South East region and we are committed to working with our partners to support a strong local supply chain, while also boosting local business opportunities.”

For 2018 there will be an online matching service which will allow Buyers to state their needs and Suppliers to put forward the products and services they can provide. Buyers will then select appointments with potential Suppliers that match their needs.

Further information can be found at www.GatwickDiamondMeettheBuyers.com or call 01293 813889

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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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