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Take a look at the Iceland Café coming to Crawley in April

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A concept that has taken off around the country is about to open in Crawley.

Yesterday we announced that The Range was to open a new superstore in West Green, Crawley. What many noticed in the announcement was that there was also going to be an Iceland café inside the store. So we decided to find out more.

Love the meal you eat? Then you can go to the freezer right next to you and buy it to take home.

The Iceland Café first opened in Paignton, Devon last September and has had a huge reaction.

Now the concept has been rolled out across six other location in the UK with Crawley about to become host to it’s very own.

The store’s café will now be serving up a luxury selection of Iceland meals that you can then go on and buy.

Not only that but to make it even easier for customers there will be large freezers in the café with the exact food they’ve tried and the accompanying side dishes that they can take away that day.

And all this is going to be inside the new The Range Superstore which opens on Good Friday April 10th. You can find out more about the opening here.

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Over £2m given to Crawley Council for discretionary business grants

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Eligible Crawley businesses can now apply for discretionary business grants.

The government has given the council £2,248,180 in Additional Restrictions Grant, which is given to businesses that have been affected by the lockdown but are not legally required to close.

This funding lasts until March 2022 and is based on £20 per person in Crawley rather than the number of businesses in the town.

Eligible businesses are those who:

  • Are not entitled to Local Restriction Support Grants, and
  • Were open and trading the day before national restrictions were imposed (Wednesday 4 November), and
  • Are now required to close under national restrictions or, while not legally forced to close, are severely impacted by the restrictions.

Applications for the Additional Restrictions Grant can now be made at grantapproval.co.uk

There are different types of grants based on the rateable value of property/property costs or business type.

Businesses can check if they’re eligible for the Additional Restrictions Grant by visiting gov.uk/guidance/check-if-youre-eligible-for-the-coronavirus-additional-restrictions-grant

There is further guidance and a copy of the West Sussex countywide policy on the council’s website. The scheme will close on Sunday 13 December and the aim is to make payments as soon as possible after that.

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of the Council, said:

“While we haven’t been allocated enough funding to help every local business, we will do everything we can to support as many Crawley businesses as possible.

“If you need support please get in touch via the council’s dedicated webpage.”

Applications for the Local Restriction Support Grant opened on 17 November. Businesses forced to close by the second lockdown can apply for this grant at grantapproval.co.uk For more details on help available for businesses visit crawley.gov.uk/emergency/coronavirus-information/businesses-and-employers

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