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More Crawley jobs at risk at seven local hotels as Premier Inn owner to cut 6,000 jobs

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Crawley and Gatwick have seven Premier Inns, one of the highest number in such a small area anywhere in the country.

Now jobs at each of these sites is at a potential risk as Premier Inn owner Whitbread announced that plans that up to 6,000 jobs could be cut as they try to survive through the Coronavirus.

Whitbread said that it was in consultation with staff and was hopeful that a majority of the cuts would come from voluntary redundancy.

It added that they had taken the decision due to ‘subdued demand’ with some reports suggesting the company had lost three quarters (80%) of its sales in just the first half of the year when they were forced to close.

Whitbread also owns Brewers Fayre which has locations next to many of the Hotels, but it is not clear how many jobs may be at risk proportionally between the two brands.

With so many of their hotels in and around Crawley it is likely that many more jobs will be lost locally leading to more pressure on the local council to help those in financial need.

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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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