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Watch Coast to Capital Launch Gatwick 360 – its Ambitious Manifesto for the Area

Watch the promo video for Coast to Capital’s new Strategic Economic Plan, Gatwick 360°.

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Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) launched its new Strategic Economic Plan at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) last month.

The plan – Gatwick 360˚ – sets out the scope for economic growth in an area which is hugely important for the national economy and has Gatwick Airport at its heart.

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Following this event a promotional video has now been unveiled which shares the key messages from the strategy and showcases the launch. The AGM was held in public providing full transparency to the public and all of Coast to Capital’s stakeholders and partners.

Coast to Capital’s vision by 2030 is for the towns and cities in the Coast to Capital area to be known around the world as fantastic places to live, to grow and succeed and for the area to become the most dynamic non-city region in England, centred around a highly successful Gatwick Airport.

The strategy sets out eight priorities to grow the area’s economy which include specific actions on urban centres, business infrastructure, sustainable growth, skills, innovation, digital networks, transport and identity. The publication of the strategy is the first step in the LEP’s plan to negotiate a strong Local Industrial Strategy with Government and attract significant investment for the region.

Tim Wates, Coast to Capital Chairman said:

“The Prime Minister has confirmed LEPs as vehicles for local growth. On the back of our significant achievements to date this bold strategy will bring wealth to all our towns and cities in an area which has Gatwick Airport at the beating heart of its economy. We stand ready to make the case for investment to Government in order to scale up our contribution to the UK economy.”

Jonathan Sharrock, Coast to Capital Chief Executive said:

“I am delighted to be launching our new strategy today, the culmination of over a year’s worth of evidence gathering, analysis and stakeholder engagement. Our strategy sets out exciting and practical plans for growing our economy over the next decade, and we are now leading work with our partners to deliver them.”

Stewart Wingate, Gatwick Airport Ltd Chief Executive said:

“It’s great to see Gatwick’s vital role at the heart of the region recognised in this ambitious strategy. The Growth Corridor from London to Brighton has many strategic advantages, not least the global connectivity and ongoing investment provided by Gatwick, and I fully support Coast to Capital’s vision for the future.”

The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said:

“Thank you for all the hard work that you have put into making this area of the country one of the most successful. The breadth of activity in such a relatively small geographical area is truly outstanding. From the industrious businesses surrounding Gatwick airport and Crawley, to the beauty of the South Downs, and the creative and tech industries, this really is an area that has everything. The work that you co-ordinate is hugely appreciated. It is the bringing together of these strengths that reinforces the success you enjoy.” 

Councillor Garry Wall, Chairman of Greater Brighton, said:

“We welcome today’s publication of the Coast to Capital Strategic Economic Plan which has the potential to deliver great benefits to the nearly one million residents of the Greater Brighton region. Greater Brighton knows full well the importance of Gatwick Airport to the region which is why we are delighted to have them as members of our board. We look forward to working with partners from across local authorities, business, universities and further education, to deliver on some of the aims within this ambitious strategy.”

Councillor Andy Smith, Leader of Lewes District Council, said:

“I’m delighted to support this progressive and very welcome manifesto. Coast to Capital’s integral role in the development of the Newhaven Enterprise Zone and wider contribution to other important local projects has been invaluable. We share the same ambition, standing shoulder to shoulder together in a drive to create and nurture the future prosperity of the Lewes district.”

Councillor Louise Goldsmith, Leader of West Sussex County Council said:

“The SEP dovetails with our West Sussex Economic Growth Plan: this ambitious plan will ensure that West Sussex continues to have a growing economy, that our towns flourish and that the county remains a prosperous place.”

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Crawley Council pays out £11.7m in grants to businesses affected by coronavirus

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Crawley Borough Council has paid a total of £11.7m in grants to more than 800 businesses affected by coronavirus – and is launching its Discretionary Business Grants for eligible small and micro businesses on Monday.

The £11.7m given out equates to 97 per cent of the funding received from the Government – one of the highest rates in the country. This was made up of Small Business Grants of £10,000 and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants of £10,000 or £25,000.

The council has now received a much smaller funding allocation from the Government of £612,750 for Discretionary Business Grants, which are aimed at eligible small and micro-businesses in Crawley.

These businesses can start applying to the council for a grant from Monday (1 June) until Sunday 14 June. This will provide further grant funding for a limited number of additional micro and small businesses. A micro or small business has fewer than 50 employees.

The Government’s intention is that the Discretionary Business Grants benefit small and micro businesses who have not benefited to date from other government business support programmes set up in response to the coronavirus crisis. These include the Small Business Grant and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure grant schemes and businesses in receipt of one of these grants are therefore not eligible to apply.

In view of the very limited amount of funding, the council particularly welcomes and will seek to prioritise applications from small / micro businesses that applied to the above schemes but were unsuccessful. In addition, the council welcomes applications from small / micro businesses faced with high property costs and the risk of significant income, jobs and business losses as a result of the crisis.

It is likely that there will be great demand for these grants and that the scheme will be heavily oversubscribed. Only a small minority of business applicants are likely to be successful in securing grant funding from this particular scheme. For those applicants that are successful the council will ensure that grant payments are made as quickly as possible, subject to due diligence checks.

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

“The council officers have done a tremendous job ensuring that the Government grants to Crawley businesses have been distributed as quickly as possible as we do our best to support businesses and residents through these very difficult economic times.”

Further information on the Discretionary Grants Fund and an application form can be found on the council’s website from Monday at https://bit.ly/cbcdiscretionarygrant

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