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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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One year, two friends and a growing agency. The future of recruitment has arrived in Crawley

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A year ago two friends were chatting, as friends tend to do, about life and work and in particular about whether they should go into business together. That dream scenario most people think about but very few actually decide to undertake.

Only a couple of months after that first conversation, the same two friends were registering a company name, handing their notice in to their bosses and looking ahead to starting the scary journey of company ownership.

That was back in 2018. Now, in January 2020, their company has just completed an exceptionally successful first year of trading and they are beginning the new year with larger offices, new staff and a client roster that is growing exponentially.

This is the world that Daniel James and Tommy Durville have created and it is an ambitious, enthusiastic and highly motivated one that you cannot help but want to be a part of.

Recruitment agencies can have a stigma in the same way that estate agents do. Images of Rolex dangling, Armani wearing youngsters whos only interest is meeting a target that will allow them to impress whoever is next on their radar.

Ok, this is an extreme but be under no illusion the stigma is there, which is why it is not just refreshing to find a new approach to this industry but it is a huge relief.

Recruitment agencies, particularly ones that specialise in specific areas need to have dedicated staff that not only have a list of potential candidates available to them, but who actually understand what these candidates are capable of, not just a quick over view of their CV.

In turn they also need to do something that many companies have complained about for years when it comes to using an agency, they need to listen to their clients needs.

This is where Daniel and Tommy have done something that really is shaking the industry by its Hugo Boss lapels.

Onero is these two ambitious friends agency that doesn’t just ‘try’ to be different, it’s whole aim is to ‘always’ be.

Named after the latin word that signifies ownership and means to ‘take away a burden’, Onero has set itself apart from other agencies by doing something very simple yet exceptionally effective. They dedicate time.

To Onero it is not about sending out mass quantities of CV’s to a client looking to fullfil a particular role. It is about sending only a few, but knowing that every single one is a potential new employee.

How is this done? With time. With research. With listening. With real passion to fulfill the needs of a client who knows exactly what they are looking for and is desperate to find the right person.

Remember, recruitment agencies are not cheap. But there is a reason a company will use one and not try themselves.

The two guys proudly recant a recent case where a client asked them to find someone for a particular role. The company had already found six candidates themselves so Onero was under pressure.

Daniel and Tommy decided to send just one person up against the other six.

Who got the role? Of course, Onero’s!

Daniel explains:

“We are not going to work by stats and figures. I mean, lots of companies will send CV after CV hoping that by the sheer numbers one will be right. What’s the point in that? It’s wasting everyones time. We research, we listen and understand what is needed and by doing all that we find the right people so that the only problem our clients will have is a choice of who to employ.”

It is this transparancy that has seen the first year of Onero be a success and allow them to move into larger officers in Manor Royal, Crawley, as well as take on new staff to maintain their growing roster.

The two owners, who once dreamed of being a pilot and a dentist, have a new vision. Specialising within the engineering and technological sectors these friends, now colleagues, have started Onero with an ambition and ethic that is second to none and one that is outshining others and for good reason.

This is how agencies should be and after the success of year one, it is with baited breath that we all watch what year two will bring.

You can find out more about Onero at their website by clicking here or going to www.onero.co.uk

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