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Leaders celebrate completion of £60m major work improving Manor Royal access – 1 month before major road works start!

The main work may have been completed and the entrance to and from Manor Royal is all clear but in April 4 days of roadworks will bring chaos.



Pictured, Lynn Hainge, Economic Regeneration Manager, Crawley Borough Council, Steve Sawyer, Executive Director, Manor Royal BID, Louise Goldsmith, Leader of West Sussex County Council, Juliet Harshaw, Principal Engineer, Waterman Group, Bertie Spark, Engineer, Waterman Group, and Councillor Peter Smith, Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development at Crawley Borough Council

Timing probably could have been better.

After a long period of extensive development and works there has been much celebration from the team at Manor Royal BID.

With ‘smart enhancements’ including landscaping with new trees, public art and formalised car parking in front of the Bank Precinct there has been such a flurry of activity that commuters cannot have failed to have noticed the improvements.

But whilst all this activity should be celebrated it does not meant the work in the area has actually finished.

In-fact, possibly the worst bit of road works is yet to come in April.

A large number of commuters who use the turning from Gatwick Road into Manor Royal are about to be led on a jaunt around the area to avoid closure of the first part of Manor Royal itself.

Manor Royal BID say that around 30,000 vehicles travel between Gatwick Road, Hazelwick flyers and the Manor Royal roundabout EVERY day! So that’s thousands and thousands of cars now being diverted through roads that never see anywhere near that number.

The dates to avoid all these problems are 9th- 12th April. You can read the full details here.

But whilst the news is not great for commuters at least after it is all done there will be some normality returning to the area and with a better looking one for certain.


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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