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Crawley staff take part in Nation’s Biggest Housewarming event for charity

Crawley power workers joined forces to raise funds for the Nation’s Biggest Housewarming event.



Crawley power workers joined forces to raise funds for the Nation’s Biggest Housewarming event.UK Power Networks delivers electricity to 8.3million customers across the East of England, London and the South East.

Staff at the company’s Crawley office, which employs more than 300 people in the town, organised a housewarming event including a guess the number of sweets in a jar contest and a dress down day.

The money raised will help charity National Energy Action (NEA) to promote the issue of fuel poverty and highlight how important it is to make sure people are able to stay warm and safe in their homes.

Kerry Potter, priority services manager for UK Power Networks, said:

“We were delighted to support this event and it was fantastic to see so many staff involved in helping such an important cause.

“We do extensive partnership work with community organisations and charities to provide practical help and support to our most vulnerable customers who may face a stark choice between whether to heat or eat.

“UK Power Networks recently launched a new £300,000 Power Partners fund to offer energy efficiency and money saving advice to community applicants in partnership with the Centre for Sustainable Energy so we are prioritising this issue.”

Jen Carruthers-Jones, Business and Partnerships Manager at NEA, said:

“Every penny raised for the Nation’s Biggest Housewarming will help us in the fight against fuel poverty. Last winter the number of excess winter deaths was the highest since 1975.

“It is a tragedy that so many people die or suffer the health impacts of living in a cold home when they are largely preventable. There are over four million people in the UK struggling to make ends meet, stay warm and healthy this winter. We would like to thank UK Power Networks for supporting this great cause.”

NEA’s Nation’s Biggest Housewarming, established in 2014, aims to raise money to enable the charity to deliver community projects and continue to campaign to help over four million UK households currently suffering the effects of fuel poverty, unable to live in a warm, dry home.

The Nation’s Biggest Housewarming is part of the Warm and Safe Homes Campaign which is NEA’s annual winter initiative, raising awareness amongst both politicians and members of the public of the problem of fuel poverty and the action needed to be taken at a policy level; as well as the help and support available locally for those struggling to heat their homes. ,true);req.


Crawley business wins prestigious Queen’s Enterprise Award

Crawley MP Henry Smith has welcomed the announcement that Inspiration Healthcare Group in Crawley has received an award for international trade, as part of more than 200 businesses having been honoured with a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise.



Those businesses were selected for their entrepreneurship, and local company Inspiration Healthcare Group is an example of Crawley’s entrepreneurial spirit.

Henry said;

“I’m delighted that Inspiration Healthcare Group has been recognised by the Queen with such a prestigious award.

“This is just one example of a company in Crawley making a huge contribution not just to our local area, but as an innovative and talented business to our growing economy.

“It’s right that the Government are working hard to create the best possible environment to start and grow businesses, and I’m delighted that we’re seeing recognition for existing firms here in Crawley.”

The Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, commented;

“We know that the UK is the best place to start and grow a business, which we will build on through our modern Industrial Strategy. These awards recognise great British success stories that are the face of this achievement, and I’m proud that so many small businesses are being celebrated by receiving a Queen’s Award for Enterprise.”

Three quarters of this year’s winners are small and medium sized businesses, demonstrating that the UK is one of the best places in the world to start and grow a business.

In addition to existing Government support; through the modern Industrial Strategy enhanced backing will be provided, including:

  • Investing £7 billion through the modern Industrial Strategy in new public funding for research and innovation – the largest ever increase.
  • Helping small businesses access the finance they need – since it was established, the British Business Bank has provided support worth £5.9 billion of finance to over 82,000 smaller businesses across the country.
  • Providing small businesses with £200 million to grow and scale-up their operations.
  • Providing a £31 million package of support for small businesses helping them to grow and reach their full potential.
  • Legislating to make it easier for small businesses to access invoice finance, providing a £1 billion long-term boost to the economy.
  • Cutting business rates for small retailers by a third for two years – saving 90 per cent of all shops, pubs and restaurants up to £8,000.

The winners will receive these prestigious awards at a Buckingham Palace reception, where their contribution to the UK economy will be celebrated. These awards recognise businesses for their contribution in four categories, with winners including:

  • 129 International Trade winners
  • 61 Innovation winners
  • Six Sustainable Development winners
  • Five Promoting Opportunity winners

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