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Over 30 Crawley businesses sign up to half-price dining as Council encourages more to join



More than 30 Crawley businesses have already signed up to offer half-price dining from Monday (3 August) as part of the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme.

The scheme enables customers to get a 50 per cent discount on food or non-alcoholic drinks to eat or drink-in (up to a maximum of £10 discount per diner), every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday between 3 and 31 August, as many times as you like.

The purpose of the scheme is to encourage more people to visit their local pubs, cafes and restaurants to help boost the hospitality industry.

There are currently 34 cafes, pubs and restaurants in the town centre and Crawley’s neighbourhoods registered for the scheme – and this list is growing daily. For the full list visit

Please ensure you follow the Keep Crawley Safe guidance:

  • Maintain social distancing
  • Practise good hygiene – wash your hands or use hand sanitiser
  • If you have coronavirus symptoms don’t go out and book a test at

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

“This is a really great opportunity to support our businesses and help our local hospitality industry which has suffered due to the lockdown. It is a benefit for us as customers but also for the pubs, restaurants and cafes that we have missed.”

If you run a café, pub or restaurant, you can register for the scheme if your establishment:

  • Sells food for immediate consumption on the premises
  • Provides its own dining area or shares a dining area with another establishment for eat-in meals
  • Was registered as a food business with Crawley Borough Council on or before 7 July.

You can then claim the amount of discounts you’ve given to customers under the scheme from the government. For more information on how to register, visit


Furniture Village opens its doors in Crawley’s County Oak Retail Park



Crawley welcomes Furniture Village who will open a brand-new store in County Oak retail park this Boxing Day.

The new location offers a Carpetright concession, providing a one-stop-shop for customers looking to update their homes.

Visitors to the new Furniture Village store will be invited to create their ‘home in one’, by exploring collections for every room of the house, from sofas to beds to dining.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, comments:

“With much of the UK under lockdown, I’m delighted we’ve been able to open our new store in Crawley. County Oak is a fantastic shopping destination and the ideal choice for Furniture Village.

“It’s been a challenging year for everyone, but I am incredibly proud of the Furniture Village team which continues to offer industry-leading quality, choice and service. As well as Family Retailer of the Year, we’ve also been awarded National Bed Retailer of the Year so I’m particularly looking forward to welcoming customers to our new bed department.”

The store will see a team of 11 expert sales consultants offering valuable insights and advice to customers, all made possible thanks to enhanced Covid-19 safety measures.

These include temperature checks, PPE for all staff and hand sanitisation stations, along with an appointment booking system which can be accessed via the website.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, adds:

“Customer safety is still, and will continue to be, a priority for us. The feedback from all of our existing stores continues to be overwhelmingly positive, with the appointment booking system providing reassurance and exceptional service for customers.”

The store will open at 9am on Saturday 26th December 2020. Opening offers include Sale discounts of up to 50% plus an additional £50 off every £500 spent.

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