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Crawley council offers grants of up to £4,000 for small businesses

Crawley Borough Council is offering small businesses up to £4,000 thanks to continued funding from a county-wide pot.

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The successful small business grant scheme was created to help start-ups and existing small businesses with expansion costs; it’s financially supported over 72 micro and small businesses in Crawley since launching February 2016.

Small Business Grants are available to Crawley businesses with 50 employees or fewer and require a 50 per cent match fund from the business. Up to £1,500 is available to offset the costs of hiring and training apprentices.

The council has been awarded £144,000 from the West Sussex Structural Investment Fund to deliver the scheme until 2021.

Councillor Peter Smith, Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development, said:

“I’m delighted that we are able to provide vital Small Business Grants to deserving local businesses for another two years and with this extra funding, we’re now able to award double the amount than previously!

“I hope these grants continue to inspire the community to set up their own businesses, expand on existing enterprises and take on apprentices; all positively contributing to Crawley’s economy.”

A £1,430 grant has recently been awarded to Sage Café, situated on the Historic High Street. The vegan eatery will use the funding for kitchen refurbishment including wall cladding and installation of new shelves.

Partner at Sage Café, Sabriye Eren, said:

“As a family run business, we were extremely happy to find out about the Small Business Grant Scheme. We received a £2,000 grant with ease, which massively helped to lift the initial financial stresses and allowed us to install a few final additions to our café.”

Digital marketing company, Boxcrack, have also received a Small Business Grant for marketing, advertising and stationary costs.

Alex Sebuliba, Managing Director at Boxcrack, said:

“Money is paramount when starting a new business and receiving a £2,000 grant has greatly reduced the initial financial strain.

“I am extremely grateful to Crawley Borough Council, and appreciate what they are doing to support small business development in Crawley. I would strongly advise small businesses and start-ups to take advantage of the council’s grant scheme.”

Small Business Grants applications should include an outline business plan to demonstrate how the investment will unlock business growth.

For more information visit crawley.gov.uk/smallbusinessgrants or email economic.development@crawley.gov.uk

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What to expect when Primark reopens in Crawley in two weeks

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Primark is working re-open their stores on the 15th june and the store has been working hard to ensure their employee and customer safety is their highest priority.

So what can customers expect to find implemented when they reopen?

Social distancing:

There will be a limit on the number of customers allowed in store at any one time to allow for the appropriate distance in between customers and employees, following government guidelines.

There will be clear signage and floor decals, as well as dedicated employees and additional security staff, to guide customers through the store in a way that limits contact with others.

Every second till will be closed to allow more space between customers and between employees.

The store will temporarily close off fitting rooms and customer toilets.

Personal protection for employees and customers:

Hand sanitiser stations will be made available at the entrance and on the shop floor and back of house for employee and customer use. Face masks and gloves will be made available to all Primark employees.

Perspex screens have been installed on tills to protect customers and employees.

Increased in-store cleaning:

The frequency and rigour of store cleaning will increase, particularly around high frequency touchpoints such as tills, escalators, lifts, and employee areas in back of house.

A basket cleaning system is also being introduced.

Primark CEO, Paul Marchant, said:

“As we re-open our stores in England, nothing matters more than the health and wellbeing of our colleagues and customers.

“We have really missed our customers and we are delighted to be back on 15 June and able to provide them with the quality, affordable products they love from Primark.

“We know that life for our customers is going to look different for a while. We want our stores to be safe and reassuring places to shop and work. While it might take a little longer to get into our stores, once inside, customers will find all their favourite Primark products and we have worked hard to make sure that clear signage and extra help will be there to guide them through the changes we have made to allow for social distancing.

“We will adopt all government safety advice as a minimum in our stores and have benefited from our experience in the other markets in Europe where we have already opened successfully. As we open, we will continue to look at best practice across the retail sector and amend our measures appropriately.

“I would like to thank all of our colleagues and partners for the commitment, strength and resilience they have shown through these challenging times.”

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