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Boeing opens new £20m Gatwick training building in Manor Royal Crawley

The impressive new facility will allow more training to be conducted in the area.

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The training building was opened by Crawley MP Henry Smith and is located in Manor Royal, a short walk from one of Boeings other sites.

Henry Smith MP opens the new facility with Angela Golder Campus Manager and Boeing President and UK Managing Director Sir Michael Arthur.

The new £20m training building has space for 4 simulators bringing the total they have in Manor Royal to 11.  This makes Crawley now have the largest Boeing campus outside of the US.

The simulators allow air crew to be trained from across the UK and the world.

Mr Smith was also introduced to the ten new apprentices that Boeing has taken on within the last 18 months.

10 new apprentices have joined Boeing within the last 18 months.

Currently 70 people are employed on Gatwick training campus and overall in the UK Boeing employs 2,300 and growing.

Henry Smith said:

“I am really delighted at the level of investment that Boeing is putting into Crawley.  It is fantastic as well that there are 10 high skilled apprentice engineering places that the company is investing in.  It really is a vote of confidence in the aviation industry that Boeing has in Crawley.”

Sir Michael Arthur President of Boeing Europe and Managing Director of UK & Ireland said:

“Very important to be at Gatwick itself because what we have is a throughput of pilots every day.  We are converting pilots who have been flying existing machines to new machines and being so close to Gatwick means they can get their certification here and almost walk back straight onto their planes. This is our biggest operation outside the United States.”

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‘It’s not nearly enough funding’ warns Crawley Council as business grant applications open

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Eligible businesses can now apply for the latest round of business grants but Crawley Borough Council says the funding is not nearly enough.

Despite Crawley being responsible for 25 per cent of the economic output in West Sussex, it has been given some of the lowest grant funding in the county.

The government has given the council £3,733,396 made up of:

  • £1,485,216 in Local Restrictions Support Grant to distribute to businesses that pay business rates and have had to close during the second lockdown
  • £2,248,180 in Additional Restrictions Grant, which is given to businesses that don’t pay business rates and have been affected by the lockdown but not legally required to close.

Out of seven local authorities in West Sussex, only one received less than Crawley’s combined grants figure. Five councils received more.

The Additional Restrictions Grant is based on £20 per person in Crawley rather than the number of businesses in the town. This means that Arun District Council, for example, has received £3,215,160 due to a larger population but smaller economy.

And only one council in West Sussex received less than Crawley across both rounds of grant funding in April and November. Crawley received a total of £17,167,646. The highest – Chichester District Council – received £43,739,396.

In the first round of grants earlier this year only 23 per cent of Crawley businesses received financial help from the government.

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of the Council, said:

“The pot of grant funding provided by the government is very limited and does not recognise the number of businesses we have in Crawley.

“The way the grant settlement is calculated – on population and not on the size of the economy – means we have to turn most businesses away, while other councils have millions to spare. This is causing major hardship at a time when Crawley is already the hardest-hit economy in the UK.”

Businesses that have had to close during the second lockdown can apply for a Local Restrictions Support Grant by visiting https://grantapproval.co.uk

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