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Supporting local business in Crawley

11 September 2018

Crawley Borough Council is offering a free, innovative, training and support programme for Crawley’s independent retailers, in partnership with Crawley College and Solent University.

The brand new Small Independent Retail Training and Support Programme aims to enhance the success of local businesses in the area by offering hands on support to help businesses make small changes to see big results.

Taking place across September until November, the programme of workshops cover a range of topics, enabling businesses to gain new knowledge and skills to improve their business, including how to turn footfall into customers, boosting sales, enhancing the shop floor and creating ideas for promotions.

The programme, suitable for small independent retail businesses, is worth more than £1,800 and the workshops are no obligation – participants can choose whether to attend all of the workshops or just those that are most appropriate.

For retailers looking for more one-to-one support, they can apply for the mentoring programme – bespoke instore training and mentoring sessions that aim to help improve performance and take advantage of local opportunities.

We have a wonderful range of independent retailers here in Crawley and we at the council want to make sure they are getting the best out of their product and local opportunities, whether this be funding, or extra support and training. I would encourage all eligible business to get in touch and reap the benefits of these free workshops.

Councillor Peter Smith

Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development

We’re really excited to be part of this partnership, working with Crawley Borough Council and Solent University. The free training offers small independent retails in the town the opportunity gain new insights and techniques in visual merchandising, targeting, digital marketing and buying for profit, which will help develop their employees and grow their business. My message to retail business owners would be to get involved in this innovative, win-win training programme as soon as possible.

Paul Rolfe

Group Director of Sales and Marketing at the Chichester College Group

Independent retailers who take part in either the training workshops or mentoring sessions are eligible to apply for the shop front grant to improve or refurbish their premises. The grant is available for up to 75 per cent of the eligible improvement with a maximum contribution of £4,000.

For more information about the programme please click here.

To sign up to a free training workshop or for further information, visit  please call 01293 442200 (press 4) or email