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
Can you help save Maggy’s from closing?
Since opening its doors back in June ’18 Maggy’s has grown hugely in popularity, but after planning officers refused to allow them to stay they are unable to find anywhere else to move to and may have to close.
The affordable food store is in a quandary. It’s success has meant that the store should be able to grow and continue to support the local community.
But ever since Maggy’s opened its doors it has encountered problems with the planning officers who say that the store does not meet the category of business it needs to be in the location it is.
This has caused a real problem for the store and ever since this was discovered they have tried to find a solution with Crawley Council about what they are to do.
Now with only weeks left before the deadline when they have to move out they still have been unable to find a suitable venue that is affordable for them.
Now Maggies and owner Ziggy are desperate for help in finding somewhere they can move to but that is also easy for local people to reach.
If somewhere is not found within weeks then the unthinkable will have to happen and Maggy’s could be no more.