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Coronavirus: Grant scheme available for Crawley’s local businesses

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Crawley Borough Council is supporting local businesses by distributing more than £12 million in grants – the first council in West Sussex to do this.

Last week, the Government announced two new schemes designed to support all local businesses significantly affected by the coronavirus shutdown.

The Small Business Grant Fund and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant is being administered by the council on behalf of the Government. 

Businesses will be eligible for a Small Business Grant of £10,000 if they are in receipt of either Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rates Relief in the business rates system.

Under the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant, businesses that would have been in receipt of the Expanded Retail Discount (which covers retail, hospitality and leisure) on 11 March with a rateable value of less than £51,000 will be eligible for the following grants per property:

  • Businesses with a property that has a rateable value of up to and including £15,000 will receive a grant of £10,000
  • Businesses with a property that has a rateable value of more than £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive a grant of £25,000.

Businesses which are not ratepayers in the business rates system and those eligible for a Small Business Grant will not be eligible for the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant scheme.

The council is currently processing a significant number of applications for both grant schemes and a team of officers is working hard to respond to each application as quickly as possible. We understand this is a particularly difficult time for many businesses and individuals and ask for people’s understanding and patience.

Leader of the council, Councillor Peter Lamb, said:

“With numerous industries severely affected by the pandemic, this is a very stressful and uncertain time for individuals and businesses. These grant schemes are a welcome source of funding and in line with Government guidance, the council is working hard to ensure businesses get the help they need. ”

Steve Sawyer, Executive Director of the Manor Royal BID, said:

“It is so important businesses know about and take advantage of the support available. I know the Council is working as quickly as they can to get these funds to where they are needed. We also know there are businesses who can’t access these grants but who still need support. We are lobbying for and hope more will follow. Manor Royal companies can contact the BID to let us know what they need.”

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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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