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AMAZING! Manor Royal BID secure another 5 years

An overwhelming 84% of the businesses that voted chose to renew the BID.

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Manor Royal businesses have voted in a formal, independent ballot and now the Manor Royal Business Improvement District (BID) will be extended for a further five years.

As a result, £2.6m, generated from the Levy, will be invested to improve the business district over the next five years, along with any additional funds the BID team secures from third parties.

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38% of companies on Manor Royal voted in the BID Ballot and of those, an overwhelming 84% chose to renew the BID. This vote of confidence means the BID team can now deliver the activities set out in a new Business Plan, which was posted to Levy Payers ahead of the ballot.

Companies and their employees on Manor Royal can continue to use existing BID services such as subsidised training and travel, free events and the Ranger and Maintenance teams, as well as benefit from new initiatives delivered over the next five years.

Trevor Williams of Thales UK and Manor Royal BID Chairman, said:

“We are obviously delighted with this result.  This vote provides a mandate for the BID to build on its previous achievements and continue to improve Manor Royal for those who work, visit and do business here.”

Prior to the ballot, the Manor Royal BID team widely consulted through formal research, events and group meetings to ensure the new business plan focuses on business needs.

Managing Director of Bon Appetit and Vice-Chairman of the BID, Keith Pordum said:

“For me it was an easy decision to vote ‘Yes’ for the BID renewal. I’ve seen the positive difference the BID has made for companies of all sizes located here.”

The Manor Royal BID team will now continue to champion West Sussex’s most successful and dynamic business district, to drive inward investment, deliver more infrastructure improvements and boost local trade.

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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 Mayor and 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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