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More than £30,000 given in grants to 10 Crawley businesses

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Ten businesses have been awarded a total of £32,380 funding from Crawley Borough Council’s Small Business Grant Scheme.

The funding comes from a county-wide pot and is separate from funding sent out in response to the pandemic. 

The council’s successful small business grant scheme was created to help start-ups and existing small businesses with expansion costs; since launching in February 2016, the scheme has financially supported more than 99 micro and small businesses in Crawley.

In the latest round of grant funding:

  • Airborne Representation Ltd (Skybreak), an airport customer service business based at Gatwick, received £4,000 to support a project that aims to introduce a completely mobile / remote branch of the business, including the launch of a digital payments and document-signing system, online communication platform (live chat etc.) and marketing to promote these new services
  • Avensys has been given £4,000 to support the transition from supplying audio visual (AV) equipment for in-person corporate events to digital equivalents
  • The BeYouToFull Company has also received £4,000. A new start-up, this company applied for funding to launch and market a website where its holistic health consultancy services and products can be sold
  • Crawley and Gatwick Business Watch, the membership-led crime reduction partnership, received £4,000 to support marketing efforts and to replenish its member radio network
  • CVHQ Limited, a new start-up recruitment business, received £4,000 to launch a new online jobs board and recruitment consultancy
  • Multiple Dwellings Limited, a finance start-up, also received £4,000 to support the development of bespoke software to assist people submitting tax returns when purchasing property
  • Game of Scones, a home-based bakery, received £2,000 to assist in the purchase of equipment such as a walk-in chiller and convection oven
  • Inscape Group Limited, a start-up recruitment consultancy, also received £2,000 to assist with the business launch and equipment
  • Eschon Limited received £1,982. This environmental management consultancy requested funding to purchase IT and AV equipment to enable them to offer new digital services
  • Little Holly Hedgehog Pre-School in West Green received £1,500 to purchase existing assets from the former owner and cover a series of initial costs.

Councillor Peter Smith, Cabinet member for Economic Development, said:
“I am thrilled that we have been able to award more funding to micro and small businesses, especially given the current economic climate and how Crawley has been adversely affected by the pandemic.

“These small grants can make a big difference to the recipients and I wish them all the best as they try and grow their businesses.”

Small Business Grants are available to Crawley businesses with 50 employees or fewer and require a 50 per cent match fund from the business.

For more information about the grant scheme and how to apply, visit crawley.gov.uk/business/business-resources-and-support/business-funding-and-grants

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Three more major Crawley stores with potential job losses due to COVID-19

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As more and more businesses become affected by the loss of earnings due to lockdown another three high street store with sites in Crawley have now warned of potential job losses.

This morning WH Smith announced it would cut up to 1,500 jobs due to a lack of customers.

According to reports their revenues had dropped a huge 57% compared to the same period last year and could expect to make a loss of up to £75m.

Owner of Currys PC World Dixons Carphone is also planning to cut 800 jobs in a restructure to change how its stores are managed.

The firm says it it consulting with some of their staff about removing these management roles which in turn should make it easier for customers to shop in store.

Pizza Express is also looking at potentially closing 67 of its UK restaurants which would mean a loss of 1,100 jobs although they have not said which sites are at risk.

All three of the chains have a presence in Crawley and comes only days after DW Sports announced it was also closing down.

With a speculated 57% of the Crawley work force potentially affected by the fall out of COVID-19 this would be yet another blow to the town as the high street begins to lose more and more of the stores customers have known for years.

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