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Looking for a job in Crawley? Then you must check out the council’s FREE employment support service

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Crawley Borough Council’s employment support service, Employ Crawley is here to help residents get back on their feet.

The pandemic has had a significant impact on a range of industries, resulting in a challenging few months of job losses, affecting Crawley residents of all ages.  

The Employ Crawley team is on hand to help local job seekers and residents who have recently faced redundancy or are at threat of redundancy. 

Residents can access a range of local job opportunities alongside information, advice and guidance during one-to-one appointments, receiving tailored assistance to support them on their journey into work.

The team can also connect local residents with our businesses partners, enabling them to benefit from the wide range of services that can be offered to support local skills and employability needs.

Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development, Councillor Peter Smith, said:

“This has been an incredibly difficult year, with many of our residents experiencing redundancy or the threat of redundancy.

“I would like our residents to rest assured that our Employ Crawley team is here to support them and help get them back on their feet and I would encourage anyone in this position to get in touch with our friendly team.”

For more information, please contact Kam and Neil from the Employ Crawley Team by emailing employcrawley@crawley.gov.uk or calling Kam on 07814 903871 or Neil on 07909 730956.

For partnership and business enquiries please contact Ana Maria on 07805 804826 or emailing anamaria.maddock@crawley.gov.uk

For more information, visit investcrawley.co.uk/employment-and-skills

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Crawley businesses take out over £90m in loans to survive COVID-19

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Statistics released by the Government have revealed the true extent of lending taken up by businesses across Crawley.

According to a release from the office of Crawley’s MP Henry SMith, businesses across Crawley have benefitted from £92,721,494 worth of loans since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak.

This includes 1,724 Bounce Back Loans worth £51,495,006 and 102 loans at a value of £41,226,488 through the Coronavirus Business Interruption Scheme.

The number is part of the vast number that have been taken out throughout the whole of the south east of England, where a total of 175,946 Bounce Back Loans, worth £5,269,988,799, and 9,026 Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans, worth £2,154,703,689, have been provided to support businesses across all sectors, protecting jobs and livelihoods.

Crawley MP Henry Smith said;

“This year has been hugely challenging for businesses in Crawley, but these latest figures demonstrate the scale of support that the Government has put in place to protect livelihoods and businesses.

“Never has the Government’s agenda to level up the whole county been so important. I’ll continue to focus on supporting hardworking families across Crawley.”

With cases still rising and worries that more areas across the country may enter tighter restricttions, the Chancellor has also announced that the Government’s Job Support Scheme will be expanded to protect jobs and support businesses required to close their doors as a result of coronavirus restrictions, alongside increasing the cash grants to businesses in England required to shut in local lockdowns to support with fixed costs – worth up to £3,000 per month.

So far, the Government has provided over £200 billion throughout its economic response to coronavirus to support jobs and businesses in the UK.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, commented;

“Our support for businesses and workers has provided a lifeline to employers up and down the country, supporting people to stay in jobs and protecting livelihoods. “We will build on this as we move to the next stage of our recovery through the Winter Economy Plan, which will continue to protect jobs and help businesses through the months ahead.”

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