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Crawley businesses urged to keep empty buildings and offices safe during COVID-19

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West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service (WSFRS) is urging Crawley business owners to undertake some simple checks on their buildings to ensure they remain safe during the coronavirus outbreak.

More business premises will be left unoccupied following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday (23 March) which saw all non-essential businesses told to close to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Adrian Murphy, Area Manager for Protection at WSFRS, said:

“During such uncertain times, it is vital that we all continue to follow the government’s guidance on social distancing to ensure we do not put ourselves or others at risk.

“But there are some simple checks that all premises owners should consider carrying out to ensure their businesses remain secure and not at risk of fire. They should take no longer than five minutes to complete but they have the potential to save a business during already tough times.

“These have the potential to avert further risk, which in turn will help reduce demand on the fire service at this difficult time.”

Some business fire safety checks to carry out include:

  • Check all fire alarms are working.
  • Turn all electrical appliances off and unplugged if possible.
  • Close all internal doors as well as external. This way if a fire breaks out it will stay contained to that room for longer and prevent further damage/loss.
  • Dispose of your waste properly.

If you’re a business owner or employer and would like more information, or have any queries or concerns about fire safety at your premises, please contact: businessfiresafety@westsussex.gov.uk.

For more business fire safety advice visit, https://bit.ly/businessfiresafety.

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Crawley businesses take out over £90m in loans to survive COVID-19

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Statistics released by the Government have revealed the true extent of lending taken up by businesses across Crawley.

According to a release from the office of Crawley’s MP Henry SMith, businesses across Crawley have benefitted from £92,721,494 worth of loans since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak.

This includes 1,724 Bounce Back Loans worth £51,495,006 and 102 loans at a value of £41,226,488 through the Coronavirus Business Interruption Scheme.

The number is part of the vast number that have been taken out throughout the whole of the south east of England, where a total of 175,946 Bounce Back Loans, worth £5,269,988,799, and 9,026 Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans, worth £2,154,703,689, have been provided to support businesses across all sectors, protecting jobs and livelihoods.

Crawley MP Henry Smith said;

“This year has been hugely challenging for businesses in Crawley, but these latest figures demonstrate the scale of support that the Government has put in place to protect livelihoods and businesses.

“Never has the Government’s agenda to level up the whole county been so important. I’ll continue to focus on supporting hardworking families across Crawley.”

With cases still rising and worries that more areas across the country may enter tighter restricttions, the Chancellor has also announced that the Government’s Job Support Scheme will be expanded to protect jobs and support businesses required to close their doors as a result of coronavirus restrictions, alongside increasing the cash grants to businesses in England required to shut in local lockdowns to support with fixed costs – worth up to £3,000 per month.

So far, the Government has provided over £200 billion throughout its economic response to coronavirus to support jobs and businesses in the UK.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, commented;

“Our support for businesses and workers has provided a lifeline to employers up and down the country, supporting people to stay in jobs and protecting livelihoods. “We will build on this as we move to the next stage of our recovery through the Winter Economy Plan, which will continue to protect jobs and help businesses through the months ahead.”

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