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New board members for Coast to Capital will help deliver its Gatwick 360 strategy

Four new board members have been appointed to support the delivery for its strategy for the “Gatwick 360” area.

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Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership announce the appointment of four new board members to support the delivery of its ambitious strategy for the area “Gatwick 360”.

The strategy sets out the scope for economic growth in an area which is hugely important for the national economy and has Gatwick Airport at its heart.

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Martin Harris, Managing Director at Brighton & Hove Buses and Metrobus, has been appointed as a Co-opted Director with a specific transport remit. Martin is passionate about delivering sustainable emissions-free travel and will provide strategic direction in relation to the Gatwick 360 transport priority, in particular the need to maximise the economic benefit from transport investment including railways, roads and ports.

Rosaleen Liard, CEO at Chequers Contract Services Ltd, has been appointed as a business representative Director and will be focusing on advocating for small and medium sized enterprises. Rosaleen has joined Coast to Capital’s 10 other business representative Board members that are contributing to the development of an effective private and public sector partnership in order to deliver the Gatwick 360 vision.

Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sussex, Adam Tickell, has been appointed as Coast to Capital’s education sector representative Director. Adam will be providing strategic leadership to deliver the Gatwick 360 priority to pioneer innovation in core strengths which will require university engagement across the area.

Daniel Yates, Leader of Brighton & Hove City Council, has been appointed as a public sector representative Director and joins the four other Local Authority leaders on the Board representing West Sussex County Council, Croydon Council, Surrey County Council and Mid Sussex District Council.

Tim Wates, Chairman at Coast to Capital said:

“Our Board boasts influential representatives from the public, private and education sector that have both specialist knowledge and passion for the Coast to Capital area. These new appointments strengthen the Board and will support us to deliver the Gatwick 360 strategy which will be the basis for negotiating further investment for the area.”

Martin Harris, Coast to Capital Board member said:

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to both contribute from my existing experience and to extend my understanding and appreciation of the many ways in which a progressive and innovative approach to our future transport needs will support our local economy, and to contribute to the LEP’s wider work in supporting the economy which is so vital to the wellbeing of our communities”

Rosaleen Liard, Coast to Capital Board member said:

“I am delighted to join the board of Coast to Capital as a business representative with a background in forging effective partnerships. I am looking forward to supporting the ambitious strategic plan across the region to stimulate sustainable economic growth while delivering great places to live and work.”

Adam Tickell, Coast to Capital Board member said:

“I am honoured to have been asked to join the Board of Coast to Capital. The University is Sussex, like the rest of the region’s universities, is committed to supporting the needs of the area and I have been deeply impressed by the vigour with which Coast to Capital has developed its plans to support sustainable growth.”

Daniel Yates, Coast to Capital Board member said:

“I am excited by the opportunity to contribute to delivering the infrastructure and development that the broader LEP economy requires. Like so many other local authority Leaders I recognise that the economic benefits of work across the region are felt within the city boundaries and being able to fully play my part in ensuring this continues is a great honour and challenge.”

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See inside the new Dunelm store in Crawley town centre

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Dunelm, the UK’s homewares retailer, has opened a brand-new, high street store in Crawley on today, 28th May. 

The new store aims to bring Dunelm highlights, that have been handpicked by Dunelm’s design team and local customers in focus groups, to create a new ‘Crawley Edit’ store format on the high street.

The new store features dedicated live, eat and sleep zones as well as inspirational room sets. The extended range of products available online are also made shoppable through displays, interactive digital content, and augmented reality where you can see curtains, blinds and wallpaper come to life.

The eagerly awaited, ‘Edit’ store was due to open on the 2nd April, but to protect colleagues and customers, this was delayed as Dunelm closed its stores, until recently where they have reopened stores in a phased approach.

At the start of May, the government approved the reopening of homeware stores, but Dunelm waited until they felt ready and confident in their safety measures. After much planning and preparation, and enlisting the help of experts from the NHS, Government and Trading Standards, Dunelm has safely begun to reopen their stores.

Dunelm ‘Edit’ will have strict guidelines to ensure social distancing and hygiene practices are maintained. These guidelines include a limit on the number of people in the store, enhanced cleaning regimes in all areas, and protective equipment provided for all colleagues. 

Jemma WilliamsDirector of Busines Development, said:

“We are excited to open this High Street store and offer our same great product, at the same great prices. We have taken the best of what we do over the past 4o years and listened to what our customers want, to create this smaller format and share what we hope will be welcome Dunelm Highlights on the Crawley High Street.

Many people are excited to visit their local store, but Dunelm also understands that some people may feel uncertain about it, so they have introduced new ways of shopping. There is something for everyone, from contactless deliveries to virtual appointments with a personal shopper or a Made to Measure consultant.”

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