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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

More business rates to be kept local and pay for gigabit broadband

A successful bid to keep more business rates in West Sussex, supported by Crawley Borough Council, will enable residents and businesses to access gigabit broadband. The bid, to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, to keep 75 per cent of business rates collected in West Sussex – instead of the current 50 per cent – was one of 15 successful applications out of 35 nationwide.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 13:15

Business as usual when Queensway regeneration gets underway

All businesses located along Queensway, The Pavement and Kingsgate will remain open once the regeneration of the area begins next week.

Blakedown Landscapes; developer of the award-winning Queens Square, will begin work on-site next Monday (14 January), transforming the area into an attractive, vibrant and enjoyable space for residents and visitors.

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Monday, January 7, 2019 - 17:00

Less than a month to go until Queensway regeneration begins

Work to transform Queensway, The Pavement and Kingsgate will begin next month on 14 January 2019.

Blakedown Landscapes Ltd, a multi award-winning landscaping and civil engineering company, was appointed in September and will deliver this next phase of town centre regeneration, laying high quality paving, creating space for market provision, larger disabled parking bays and new planting along the northern edge of Memorial Gardens.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - 09:45

Kilnmead developer commits to Crawley

The developer of new town centre housing site is the latest company to sign up to Crawley Borough Council’s Developer and Partner Charter.

W. Stirland is developing the former Kilnmead car park in Northgate, consisting of five houses and 32 flats. The site will be named after Private John Brackpool, a Crawley soldier, who died in action in Afghanistan in 2009.

Work has begun onsite and is expected to be completed in autumn 2019.

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Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 14:30

New housing schemes move a step closer

Two major housing projects have been given a boost after Crawley Borough Council received final confirmation that it has been successful in applying for a government grant worth more than £6m.

The £6.4m grant from Homes England’s Housing Infrastructure Fund will help unlock another 620 new homes in the town.

Telford Place in the town centre will receive £2m to bring forward development while £4.4m will go towards infrastructure that enables new homes to be built in Forge Wood, Crawley’s newest neighbourhood.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 18:45