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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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Crawley’s Frankie & Benny’s to change to Wagamama next year

The current restaurant is set to close early next year to allow for a complete refit.

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Fans of Frankie & Benny’s in Crawley will have to look elsewhere for their favourite dish as the owners have announced that the current restaurant is to close after Christmas.

Instead the restaurant will change into a Wagamama.

Rumours were arife that changes were coming after engineers were spotted measuring up the store last week leading some staff to worry about their jobs.

But owners TRG have confirmed that all the current staff are guaranteed jobs at the new Wagamama and that infact new jobs will be created allowing additional people to work at the site.

There is no official date for the new restaurant to open but sources close to the chain say that they expect a quick change in January to take place.

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