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Are you a Crawley employer looking for funding for apprentices? Then read this:

West Sussex County Council is now accepting applications from employers seeking funding for apprenticeship training.

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As of April 2019, employers paying into the Apprenticeship Levy can now transfer up to 25% of their annual levy funding pot to other organisations which will pay for the training costs of apprenticeship qualifications.
 
These changes mean that West Sussex County Council can support organisations in West Sussex to boost the skills and knowledge of new and existing employees across the county. Applications close on 31 May.

Applications are welcomed from:

  • businesses and organisations based in the county serving West Sussex residents
  • the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector in West Sussex serving West Sussex residents  
  • West Sussex schools that do not pay into the council’s apprenticeship levy.

Cathy McDonnell, Commissioning Manager of the Apprenticeship Team said: “We are thrilled that we can now share some of our levy funding with other organisations across the county. Apprenticeship training is a fantastic way for employers across West Sussex to train and upskill staff that they currently employ or new staff joining them.”

West Sussex County Council is keen to receive applications from the following sectors: social care, STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths), construction, tourism, community, digital and SEND (special education needs and disability). Applications must align with the West Sussex Plan and Economic Growth Plan.

The deadline for applications is 31 May 2019 and you can find out more about the criteria and apply at: https://haveyoursay.westsussex.gov.uk/workforce-organisational-development/apprenticeship-levy-funding-application/ 

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Crawley business wins prestigious Queen’s Enterprise Award

Crawley MP Henry Smith has welcomed the announcement that Inspiration Healthcare Group in Crawley has received an award for international trade, as part of more than 200 businesses having been honoured with a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

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Those businesses were selected for their entrepreneurship, and local company Inspiration Healthcare Group is an example of Crawley’s entrepreneurial spirit.

Henry said;

“I’m delighted that Inspiration Healthcare Group has been recognised by the Queen with such a prestigious award.

“This is just one example of a company in Crawley making a huge contribution not just to our local area, but as an innovative and talented business to our growing economy.

“It’s right that the Government are working hard to create the best possible environment to start and grow businesses, and I’m delighted that we’re seeing recognition for existing firms here in Crawley.”

The Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, commented;

“We know that the UK is the best place to start and grow a business, which we will build on through our modern Industrial Strategy. These awards recognise great British success stories that are the face of this achievement, and I’m proud that so many small businesses are being celebrated by receiving a Queen’s Award for Enterprise.”

Three quarters of this year’s winners are small and medium sized businesses, demonstrating that the UK is one of the best places in the world to start and grow a business.

In addition to existing Government support; through the modern Industrial Strategy enhanced backing will be provided, including:

  • Investing £7 billion through the modern Industrial Strategy in new public funding for research and innovation – the largest ever increase.
  • Helping small businesses access the finance they need – since it was established, the British Business Bank has provided support worth £5.9 billion of finance to over 82,000 smaller businesses across the country.
  • Providing small businesses with £200 million to grow and scale-up their operations.
  • Providing a £31 million package of support for small businesses helping them to grow and reach their full potential.
  • Legislating to make it easier for small businesses to access invoice finance, providing a £1 billion long-term boost to the economy.
  • Cutting business rates for small retailers by a third for two years – saving 90 per cent of all shops, pubs and restaurants up to £8,000.

The winners will receive these prestigious awards at a Buckingham Palace reception, where their contribution to the UK economy will be celebrated. These awards recognise businesses for their contribution in four categories, with winners including:

  • 129 International Trade winners
  • 61 Innovation winners
  • Six Sustainable Development winners
  • Five Promoting Opportunity winners

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