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Comic Shop completes refurb thanks to grant from Crawley Council

A new business on the Historic High Street has completed its refurbishment thanks to a Small Business Grant from Crawley Borough Council.

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The Comic Shop, which sells comics, graphic novels and merchandise, received the maximum amount of £2,000 from the council to finish its major revamp.

Since opening in December 2018, the niche shop has proven popular with comic and gaming enthusiasts from in and around Crawley.

The financial boost has helped The Comic Shop to fit out the gaming room, covering costs of the work, materials and furnishings, and to finish other areas of the shop to a high standard.

With the works complete, the owners will bring forward plans to use the shop as a function room for charities, groups and local businesses, as well as holding games nights, events and activity sessions.

Councillor Peter Smith, Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development, said:

“I’m really pleased that we were able to help Chris and Howard at The Comic Shop with a £2,000 grant. It’s great to see how our funds have directly helped the business to meet its goals and create a fun, relaxed environment for its customers.

“I urge more local businesses to consider our grants scheme, especially start-ups who need extra help to get off the ground or for small businesses who are looking to employ an apprentice.”

Chris Mills, co-owner of The Comic Shop, said: “We are so grateful for this grant and the support from the council. We are trying to build a community here and everything to help us achieve that means the world to us. It’s really rewarding to see the community reacting to what we have built here – this is just the beginning!”

The Comic Shop is offering local businesses 25 per cent off all hot drinks and a further 15 per cent if you bring your own cup at their in-store café.

The grants scheme is for small businesses in Crawley with fewer than 50 employees.

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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Furniture Village opens its doors in Crawley’s County Oak Retail Park

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Crawley welcomes Furniture Village who will open a brand-new store in County Oak retail park this Boxing Day.

The new location offers a Carpetright concession, providing a one-stop-shop for customers looking to update their homes.

Visitors to the new Furniture Village store will be invited to create their ‘home in one’, by exploring collections for every room of the house, from sofas to beds to dining.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, comments:

“With much of the UK under lockdown, I’m delighted we’ve been able to open our new store in Crawley. County Oak is a fantastic shopping destination and the ideal choice for Furniture Village.

“It’s been a challenging year for everyone, but I am incredibly proud of the Furniture Village team which continues to offer industry-leading quality, choice and service. As well as Family Retailer of the Year, we’ve also been awarded National Bed Retailer of the Year so I’m particularly looking forward to welcoming customers to our new bed department.”

The store will see a team of 11 expert sales consultants offering valuable insights and advice to customers, all made possible thanks to enhanced Covid-19 safety measures.

These include temperature checks, PPE for all staff and hand sanitisation stations, along with an appointment booking system which can be accessed via the website.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, adds:

“Customer safety is still, and will continue to be, a priority for us. The feedback from all of our existing stores continues to be overwhelmingly positive, with the appointment booking system providing reassurance and exceptional service for customers.”

The store will open at 9am on Saturday 26th December 2020. Opening offers include Sale discounts of up to 50% plus an additional £50 off every £500 spent.

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