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Crawley business wins their largest ever order for ventilators as demand over COVID-19 continues

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A business who has headquarters in Manor Royal, Crawley has won their largest ever single order for the immediate supply of ventilators.

Inspiration Healthcare Group plc, which is a global medical company says it has received and order from the NHS for ventilators that totals £1.25 million.

They say that this is a direct response to the preparations being made by the Dept of Health and Social Care to deal with the COVID-19 situation in the UK.

Inspiration Healthcare say the order will be satisfied in the coming weeks and is for ventilators which are typically for use on adults in transport.

Neil Campbell, Inspiration Healthcare’s CEO commented:

“We are very pleased to have received this large order which is by far the largest single order we have ever had. Equally, we are pleased to have been able to be engaged with the DHSC regarding the UK’s preparedness planning against Covid-19.

However, we are only too aware of the fast changing nature of governmental controls being put in place around the world in response to the spread of the virus and whilst we are working with our US supplier to achieve delivery as soon as possible we recognise that this may be subject to a number of factors which are outside of our control. Given this, and that we are at an early stage in the financial year, we remain cautious of how these factors may affect the markets in which we operate.”

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‘It’s not nearly enough funding’ warns Crawley Council as business grant applications open

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Eligible businesses can now apply for the latest round of business grants but Crawley Borough Council says the funding is not nearly enough.

Despite Crawley being responsible for 25 per cent of the economic output in West Sussex, it has been given some of the lowest grant funding in the county.

The government has given the council £3,733,396 made up of:

  • £1,485,216 in Local Restrictions Support Grant to distribute to businesses that pay business rates and have had to close during the second lockdown
  • £2,248,180 in Additional Restrictions Grant, which is given to businesses that don’t pay business rates and have been affected by the lockdown but not legally required to close.

Out of seven local authorities in West Sussex, only one received less than Crawley’s combined grants figure. Five councils received more.

The Additional Restrictions Grant is based on £20 per person in Crawley rather than the number of businesses in the town. This means that Arun District Council, for example, has received £3,215,160 due to a larger population but smaller economy.

And only one council in West Sussex received less than Crawley across both rounds of grant funding in April and November. Crawley received a total of £17,167,646. The highest – Chichester District Council – received £43,739,396.

In the first round of grants earlier this year only 23 per cent of Crawley businesses received financial help from the government.

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of the Council, said:

“The pot of grant funding provided by the government is very limited and does not recognise the number of businesses we have in Crawley.

“The way the grant settlement is calculated – on population and not on the size of the economy – means we have to turn most businesses away, while other councils have millions to spare. This is causing major hardship at a time when Crawley is already the hardest-hit economy in the UK.”

Businesses that have had to close during the second lockdown can apply for a Local Restrictions Support Grant by visiting https://grantapproval.co.uk

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