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It’s High St Saturday this weekend and Crawley’s MP wants you to join him supporting it

Henry Smith MP has encouraged people in Crawley to join him in showing their support for the high street by shopping locally for High Street Saturday on 16th March.

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High Street Saturday, a new campaign day, aims to celebrate the place of high streets at the heart of communities like Crawley and throughout the country. As part of the day, people are being encouraged to;

  • Pledge to shop locally on High Street Saturday
  • Share photos and messages online using #HighStreetSaturday
  • Encourage local councils to make good use of the Future High Street Fund, provided by the Government to make high streets and town centres fit for the future

Henry said;

“High streets like Crawley are instrumental in bringing people together – acting as a meeting place for friends and families and long supporting jobs for local people.

“As the retail market changes, I’m encouraging people across Crawley to join me on 16th March in pledging to shop locally to support the independent businesses we all know and love. 

“It’s right that action’s being taken to back our high streets through business rates support, help for high streets to modernise and working to transform empty shops into new homes.”

High streets have long been a place to bring communities together, a place for local people to access vital services and a place for businesses to thrive. With the Government recognising that it is becoming harder for businesses on high streets across the country to compete with out-of-town shopping centres and online retailers, action has been taken to;

  • Deliver over £10 billion of business rates support since 2016, including cutting small retailers’ bills by a third
  • Support community leaders with £675 million of funding to help modernise their high streets and town centres
  • Relax planning rules to support new homes on the high street, transforming them into community hubs where people work, live and shop

High Street Saturday is a chance for local people to come together to celebrate and support the high streets at the heart of their local communities.

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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.

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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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