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Employ Crawley Jobs Fair returns for a second year

The Employ Crawley jobs fair is back for another year, offering residents the chance to find out more about local vacancies and take part in workshops.

The event is open to all ages and takes place in Crawley Library from 10am until 3pm on 5 March.

Come along and meet with a wide range of local employers from various industries including retail, hospitality, driving, finance, and social care and airport services.

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Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 17:15

Have your say on Crawley's Employment & Skills Programme 2019-2024

We published an Employment & Skills Plan in 2016 and since then, significant progress has been made. There have also been a number of related policy changes and partnership updates at a local, regional and national level and we need to ensure that our efforts are sufficiently aligned to this.

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Monday, February 18, 2019 - 15:00

Town centre report helps identify key opportunities for development

Key opportunities for development and economic growth within the borough have been identified thanks to a new report.

As part of the One Public Estate Partnership, Crawley Borough Council, with West Sussex County and Crawley College, commissioned the report to explore routes for development across six town centre sites which are currently under-utilised.

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Friday, February 8, 2019 - 14:00

Queensway works off to a successful start

Phase one of the regeneration of Queensway, The Pavement and Kingsgate is well underway.

Blakedown Landscapes, who built the award-winning Queens Square, started on site in January and have made swift progress, removing old street furniture, including benches and the lighting columns between Queens Square and The Pavement, along with the paving.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 16:15

Supermarket chain joins growing number of retailers in Town Centre

Iceland supermarket is the latest retailer to take up shop in Crawley’s Town Centre, bringing jobs and investment into the town.

Located on The Broadway in the unit previously occupied by Poundworld, the new store was officially opened on Tuesday by Councillor Peter Smith and Iceland Area Manager, Darren Austin, with residents and visitors soon making their way in, to pick up some supplies.

The addition of Iceland, follows a string of retailers moving into the town centre, including Peacocks who opened last November in Queens Square.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 16:00

Skills research helps overcome local challenges

Crawley Borough Council, Manor Royal BID and Crawley College joined together to commission research into local skills gaps and needs across the town, with the aim of helping residents and businesses overcome challenges.

Crawley is an important economic hub in the South East, with more than 3,000 businesses that generate 95,000 jobs, resulting in a low unemployment rate. Despite this, questions arose over the extent to which local people were successfully accessing higher level jobs on their doorstep and how businesses were recruiting their workforce.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 16:30

Local retailers benefit from new training and support programme

Crawley’s independent retailers are already beginning to reap the benefits of a free, innovative, training and support programme introduced by Crawley Borough Council, in partnership with Crawley College and Solent University.

The Small Independent Retail Training and Support Programme aims to enhance the success of local businesses in the area by offering hands on support to gain new knowledge and skills to improve results.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 13:15

Queensway, The Pavement & Kingsate - Project Update

Welcome to the first Queensway, The Pavement and Kingsgate news update, which aims to answer all of your questions during the construction period. We will post updates every two to four weeks, sooner if there’s important news to share.

What’s been happening?

Blakedown Landscapes started on site on Monday 14 January, putting up fencing, securing the safety of the site, construction and storage areas.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 15:30

Gatwick Airport sold to Vinci Airports for £2.9bn

A controlling stake in Gatwick Airport has been sold to France’s Vinci Airports for £2.9 billion.

Under the terms of the deal, a consortium led by US investment fund Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) will sell a 50.01 per cent stake to Vinci – with the deal set to be completed later this year.

Vinci operates more than 40 airports globally across Europe, Asia and the Americas, and with the Gatwick takeover it will add the UK’s second-biggest airport to its portfolio.

GIP will maintain its integral role in the management and ownership of the airport.

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Friday, January 18, 2019 - 12:30

Regus offer top-of-the-range office facilities at Manor Royal

The new Regus offices are now open for business at Manor Royal.

Serviced office provider, Regus, took a 15-year lease at CC3, Churchill Court last year and opened their business centre in November – creating much-needed small and flexible office solutions for local businesses.

The newly refurbished building, that underwent £4 million of improvements last year, has also recently been brought by West Sussex County Council for £11.25m - demonstrating the huge confidence investors have in the town and Manor Royal itself.

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Friday, January 18, 2019 - 12:15