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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.



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.”


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.



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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