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 in store training and mentoring sessions that aim to help improve performance and take advantage of local opportunities.
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.
To sign up to a free training workshop or for further information, visit please call 01293 442200 (press 4) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Council’s Economic Development Unit and its partners aim to maintain sustainable growth and nurture local businesses and encourage entrepreneurs.
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Council resources and information include:
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Economic Development Unit
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