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More opportunities for small businesses

Crawley Borough Council is offering small businesses up to £4,000 thanks to continued funding from a county-wide pot.

The successful small business grant scheme was created to help start-ups and existing small businesses with expansion costs; it’s financially supported over 72 micro and small businesses in Crawley since launching February 2016.

Small Business Grants are available to Crawley businesses with 50 employees or fewer and require a 50 per cent match fund from the business. Up to £1,500 is available to offset the costs of hiring and training apprentices.

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Friday, July 19, 2019 - 14:00

Help plan the future of your town

Planning affects us all. The homes we live in, the places where we work, the open spaces where we relax and the roads we travel on are all a result of planning decisions that have been made.

The way that the whole town develops in the future will be affected by planning. Crawley Borough Council has started work on a review of its local plan that will help to guide development in Crawley over 15 years from 2020-2035.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 16:45

Mentoring programme gives students confidence boost

A mentoring programme supported by Crawley Borough Council has helped students in Crawley boost their confidence and raise their ambitions for the future.

Be the Change is an inspirational programme organised by The LoveLocalJobs Foundation CIC that engages with disengaged Year nine students who face challenges in school or in their personal lives.

Across three separate conference events, the programme aims to:

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 15:15

New Fund to boost the Arts in Crawley

The Sussex Community Foundation is delighted to be working with Arts Council England to establish the new Crawley Cultural Fund at Sussex Community Foundation that will provide small grants to increase arts activity and community engagement in the arts for people living in Crawley. 

Grants of up to £5,000 are available for community groups and voluntary organisations that deliver one or more of the following outcomes:

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 15:00

Employ Crawley recognised in National Partnership Award

The One Destination Partnership has been celebrated by the Employment Related Service Association (ERSA) at their annual National Employability Awards ceremony in London

Nominated by the London Learning Consortium, the One Destination Partnership was shortlisted for the Partnership Award, recognising excellence as a delivery partner in the field of employment support.

The partnership was set up in conjunction with the London Learning Consortium, Jobcentre Plus, Croydon Works and Gatwick Airport Limited, with the aim of assisting local residents into jobs at the airport.

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Sunday, July 7, 2019 - 15:45

Town centre redevelopment taking shape

The regeneration of Queensway, The Pavement and Kingsgate, is progressing on time and on budget.

The £2.2m scheme is part of the Crawley Growth Programme, funded by Crawley Borough Council, West Sussex County Council, and the Local Growth Fund through the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership.

Blakedown Landscapes, who built the award-winning Queens Square, started on site in January and have made swift progress, installing new paving along Queensway and The Pavement, and new benches and trees throughout both areas.

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Thursday, July 4, 2019 - 16:30

Retailers are setting up shop in Crawley

Crawley town centre is getting busier as more retailers take up shop in Queens Square, Queensway and the High Street.

In a new report released earlier this year, Crawley’s retail vacancy rate has dropped significantly since 2018’s survey, which reported that 9.2 per cent of the town centre’s retail units were empty.

The new figure reports only 7.8 per cent of retail units are now empty which the lowest rate for Crawley since 2008.

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Thursday, July 4, 2019 - 15:45

Public art restoration

Work will soon be underway to restore The Golden Tree, the art sculpture which was formerly situated on the High Street.

The sculpture was damaged and had to be removed for repair and restoration in 2017. Now with the replacement materials on order, and due to arrive during the summer, the initial restoration stages can be completed both on site and in the artist’s workshop.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 12:45

Queens Square tree to be replaced

One of Queens Square’s Ginkgo Biloba trees is to be replaced after it was vandalised last week. The tree, currently situated outside Poundland was found to have its bark stripped, significantly damaging its health.

Council officers investigated to establish whether the tree could be saved, however it became clear that it would not recover and the decision was made to replace it. The new tree will be planted in autumn to ensure that it has the best chance of thriving.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 10:45

Employment and skills opportunities on the rise in Crawley

More training, employment and development opportunities for local residents and businesses are set to be developed, as set out in Crawley Borough Council’s new Employment and Skills Programme.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 13:00