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Peter Lamb: Small Business Saturday this weekend

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Small Business Saturday takes place this weekend. The annual event, now in its fifth year, focuses on the role of small businesses within communities and encourages people to use local retailers, services and suppliers.

Over recent years, the council has sought to support Crawley’s small businesses in a range of ways: we’ve helped provide small businesses with access to expert advice on a range of issues, we’ve run campaigns and events designed to encourage individuals and businesses to ‘Buy Local’ thereby creating local supply chains and keeping money circulating around our economy, and we’ve even provided grant funding to help some small businesses take on and train new apprentices, meet start-up costs or expand existing operations.

Within just the last few months, the council has launched its scheme for targeted business rate relief in the wake of the national revaluation, helping small businesses adapt to the change in their liabilities.

By supporting small businesses we not only ensure Crawley remains an area of high employment, but that residents have access to an increasing range of career opportunities.

Yet, what we do as a council is only one of many elements determining the success of small businesses.

For instance, businesses need to have access to reliable infrastructure and as the internet requires companies to cater to the needs of an increasingly distant customer-base, a fast and reliable postal system is vitally important.

So, it’s a concern for many that post-privatisation Royal Mail is now pushing for later delivery times. The postal service is part of our national infrastructure, not just a company, and for our economy to thrive it is critical that we as citizens and businesses all let Royal Mail know that whatever savings their shareholders might make from delaying deliveries simply isn’t worth the hit to our national infrastructure.

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

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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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