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New Careers Expo for Crawley residents comes to Manor Royal

The Manor Royal Careers Expo will take place on Thursday 17 May 2018 at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Crawley from 3.00pm to 8.00pm and will encourage local people to find their future.

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Crawley will be seeing a new exciting, free Careers Expo on 17 May that will help hundreds of local people of all ages and experiences discover a new career, employment or apprenticeship scheme on Manor Royal Business District.

As one of the largest and best performing commercial business areas in the South East with more than 600 companies on the patch, Manor Royal is inviting people from across Crawley, Horley and beyond to drop into a free Careers Expo, giving them the chance to informally meet potential employers, recruiters and training providers and find out more about the range of opportunities available on their doorstep.

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Open to the general public, Manor Royal businesses will be on hand from 3.00pm to 8.00pm showcasing their companies, as well as a range of free seminars being run providing advice and guidance to people of all ages, backgrounds and experiences; from students looking for their first roles, to commuters looking to work more local to home, from parents returning to work after a break with childcare, to older people looking to update their skills and try something new.

Steve Sawyer, Executive Director of Manor Royal Business District, explains:

“Each year we run a successful ‘Know Your Neighbour’ networking event for business located in Manor Royal as part of our commitment to supporting local trade and encouraging companies to trade with each other. Our new Careers Expo is an extension of this, bringing together not just local businesses, but local communities too. We know there is a wealth of careers, jobs and training opportunities across Manor Royal and we want to help people in Crawley and surrounding areas to find out more in a friendly, informal way.”

Run by Manor Royal BID, in conjunction with its marketing and events partner Prowse & Co. Ltd, the event is sponsored by not-for-profit financial services company B&CE that is located on Manor Royal and recruits many local workers.

Zoe Wright, Group Director of People, said:

“Through this event, B&CE is delighted to help foster a strong sense of community and raise the profile of the great opportunities we can provide as a local employer.

“We’ve been providing simple financial products for over 75 years and are always looking for more ways to meet the needs of working people. We couldn’t continue to do this without our dedicated, high quality workforce.”

So, whether you are currently employed, unemployed, a graduate, a parent, returning to work or simply curious to know what opportunities are available on Manor Royal, this event is for you.

You don’t need to register; just come along to the Careers Expo on Thursday 17 May 2018 at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Langley Dr, Crawley RH11 7SX from 3.00pm to 8.00pm. For more information about Manor Royal businesses and the free seminars that will be available, visit the website www.manorroyal.org

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BREAKING NEWS: Sainsbury’s to close Crawley town centre store

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It has been an historic part of the town centre for decades, but now the supermarket on Queensway is to close its doors with the potential loss of jobs.

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Sainsbury’s says it has made the difficult decision after announcing it would close up to 15 supermarkets a year ago, pre-covid.

Sources close to the Crawley supermarket say that staff began finding out the news yesterday.

The supermarket said they would work with their staff at the site to try to find alternative roles within the firm.

A Sainsbury’s spokesperson speaking to Crawley News 24 said,

“We have updated colleagues on the difficult decision to close our Crawley store and we are doing everything we can to find alternative roles within Sainsbury’s for those affected.

“Customers can continue to shop with us online and at our nearby stores. For example, our West Green store is a short drive away.”

Whilst a date for the closure has not been announced, some sources say it could be as soon as January ’21.

Cllr Peter Smith Cabinet member for Planning and Economic said:

“I am sorry for the staff that will lose their jobs at this difficult time when most supermarkets are reporting improving profits.

We have had enquiries from other supermarkets looking for suitable sites who may recognise that there will shortly be an additional 2500 residential homes just a short walk away from this prestigious location. We will be doing all we can to help find a quality occupier as soon as we can.”

Crawley Councillor Francis Guidera said:

“It is tremendously saddening to read that one of the original major shops in the town centre is closing. A lot of housing provision is currently being created in the town centre area and there is an increasing, not decreasing need for food retailers in the town centre.

We haven’t even begun to knock down the administrative offices of the town hall which will be replaced by a huge apartment block, and they are still building the first apartment block on the former council car park as I type this! I genuinely hope that another food retailer grabs the huge opportunity to take on that store.”

The news comes just one after one of the most iconic town centre independent store, P&J Sweets also announced they were to close.

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