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Crawley Council Leader launches campaign to support #CrawleyOnline businesses

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Cllr Peter Lamb, Labour Leader of Crawley Borough Council, has launched a campaign encouraging online shoppers to support local small businesses that have moved online during the coronavirus lockdown.

Speaking about the campaign, Cllr Lamb said:

“Over recent weeks, we have heard that Crawley’s economy has been hit harder than any other in the country. Yet, even now, we can see green shoots of growth, with more Crawley businesses going online than ever before.

While we can’t support local companies with our physical footfall right now, we can offer then digital footfall to support them through this difficult time. I would encourage every resident to do their bit to help sustain local businesses online, until they can find their feet again.”

“If you know a Crawley business that is still trading online and you want to help support our town, then please do let people know about them by using the #CrawleyOnline hashtag.”

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‘How is COVID-19 impacting your business?’ Crawley Council wants to know

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Tell Crawley Borough Council about the impact of coronavirus on your business.

The council, working together with Manor Royal BID, has released a new survey asking businesses to report how they have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. 

In response to the pandemic, the council is forming an Economic Recovery Taskforce alongside local businesses, community and stakeholder representatives to evaluate the true impact of the crisis on the local economy and develop a coherent Economic Recovery Plan for the town, including how the forthcoming Crawley Towns Fund programme should be spent to aid recovery.

This survey will provide the council and Manor Royal BID with “real time” information on the impact of the crisis on day to day business activity in Crawley and help the council and the BID to understand what additional support is needed for local businesses at this time.  

Businesses will be asked how staffing levels and turnover have been affected, what Government business support schemes they have used and what further support they may need.

All responses to the survey will be treated with confidence and the results will only be read by those involved in formulating a response to the COVID-19 crisis as part of Crawley’s Economic Recovery Plan.

Leader of Crawley Borough Council, Councillor Peter Lamb, said: “Our initial aim was to support businesses as quickly as possible, using the Government’s Small Business Rates Relief Grant and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant. Now we need to look at our long term recovery plan and this includes hearing from businesses and finding out where further resources need to be directed.”

Executive Director at Manor Royal BID, Steve Sawyer, said:

“How we come through this will depend on our ability to work together for an even better Crawley. We will work enthusiastically alongside the council as part of the Crawley Taskforce, which begins with collecting meaningful data from businesses so we can design a place-specific collective response. We encourage all businesses to complete this short but important survey.”

To fill out the survey, visit crawley.gov.uk/council-information/how-council-works/consultation

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