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Funding pot for small businesses to be launched in Crawley



Crawley Borough Council is set to launch a new scheme on December 3rd to fund micro and small businesses. 

The Cabinet has been allocated over £80,000 from a county-wide pot. The funding is intended to pay for and support local businesses in a number of ways, including:

  • Apprenticeship grants for local micro-enterprises (businesses with fewer than 10 employees) to offset the costs of hiring and training apprentices
  • Grants for small business start-up, to help Crawley residents set up their own enterprises, and helping them meet business set up costs
  • Grants to help existing small businesses to grow such as helping a business to pay for access to relevant training modules such as business planning, employment law and recruitment, marketing, finance.

Councillor Peter Smith, Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development at Crawley Borough Council, said: “This new scheme can provide a fantastic way to support small business growth and encourage apprenticeships in Crawley, as part of our Employment and Skills Plan.”

“The small grants would provide vital funding to enable residents to put their business ideas into action, encourage small and micro businesses to take on apprentices and help existing small businesses to grow.”

The Councils Cabinet will be asked to approve the scheme during a meeting next Wednesday, 30th of November.

If the scheme is approved, grant applications should include an outline business plan to demonstrate how the investment will unlock business growth.

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Furniture Village opens its doors in Crawley’s County Oak Retail Park



Crawley welcomes Furniture Village who will open a brand-new store in County Oak retail park this Boxing Day.

The new location offers a Carpetright concession, providing a one-stop-shop for customers looking to update their homes.

Visitors to the new Furniture Village store will be invited to create their ‘home in one’, by exploring collections for every room of the house, from sofas to beds to dining.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, comments:

“With much of the UK under lockdown, I’m delighted we’ve been able to open our new store in Crawley. County Oak is a fantastic shopping destination and the ideal choice for Furniture Village.

“It’s been a challenging year for everyone, but I am incredibly proud of the Furniture Village team which continues to offer industry-leading quality, choice and service. As well as Family Retailer of the Year, we’ve also been awarded National Bed Retailer of the Year so I’m particularly looking forward to welcoming customers to our new bed department.”

The store will see a team of 11 expert sales consultants offering valuable insights and advice to customers, all made possible thanks to enhanced Covid-19 safety measures.

These include temperature checks, PPE for all staff and hand sanitisation stations, along with an appointment booking system which can be accessed via the website.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, adds:

“Customer safety is still, and will continue to be, a priority for us. The feedback from all of our existing stores continues to be overwhelmingly positive, with the appointment booking system providing reassurance and exceptional service for customers.”

The store will open at 9am on Saturday 26th December 2020. Opening offers include Sale discounts of up to 50% plus an additional £50 off every £500 spent.

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