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Coronavirus hits Crawley recruiters



As businesses tighten up their strategies for coping with the spread of the virus recruitment companies in Crawley are now beginning to feel the weight of the problem.

Two Crawley recruitment firms have reported that clients are asking to postpone interviews as their own companies make decisions for their staff to work from home.

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One firm reported that even after offering skype or online interviews as a replacement the response was less than favourable.

Both firms have asked to remain anonymous at this time but speaking to CN24 one director said:

“It is understandable that these clients are beginning to implement safeguards to protect their staff but it is having a negative impact with our business. Without interviewees being allowed to meet with potential new employers it is inevitably going to cause a blockage in the whole process.”

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Tourism in the county has already been reportedly affected with business reporting lower trading and footfall as people make the decision to not travel as much and even Gatwick tweeted in repsonse to the cancelled flights to and from Italy.

With major announcements in todays Budget it is clear the whole country is bracing itself for the continued spread of the coronavirus but here in Crawley, with one of the largest business communities in Europe there are a lot of concerned business owners still unsure of what the future holds.


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



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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