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Peter Lamb: “Employ Crawley” is here



In his article this week, Crawley Council Leader Peter Lamb talks about the new initiative “Employ Crawley”.

Delivering better life chances, for people of all ages, is the core of
my work as a Labour council leader.

Since becoming Leader, I have sought to achieve this through focusing
the council’s efforts on the three things which have the greatest
impact upon people’s life chances: jobs, housing and community. Of
these things, the area the council has the least control over is
employment, yet nothing has so great impact an upon people’s life

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While Crawley has historically been blessed with low unemployment, we
have the second highest jobs density in the country outside London,
over the years much of the skilled employment in light industry has
been replaced with lesser skilled and consequently lower paid roles.
Well-paid work does still exist in the town, but far too many of these
positions are currently taken up by those commuting into the area
rather than residents and the growth of internet shopping and
automation means the jobs currently employing Crawley workers are
increasingly at risk.

Our goal is to not only help people into work but to access better
careers, whether it’s a first job or a last. That’s why we
restructured the council to create an economic development team, with
a dedicated Head of Service, and created the town’s first Jobs and
Skills Plan, detailing clear steps for addressing the jobs gap. Last
week, the first of the plan’s cornerstone projects ‘Employ Crawley’
was launched, a new service to help Crawley residents to access the
jobs, skills and training support they need to get onto a better
career path. It’s a first step, not a last.

Crawley has one of the UK’s most vibrant economies, Crawley Labour is
determined our residents will get a fairer share of the benefits. It’s
an ambitious goal, but one we believe in.

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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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