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Crawley business leader says £3m green fund offers “rich pickings” for town firms

A business leader said there were “lots of rich pickings” for Manor Royal after a £3m fund for environmentally conscious firms was launched.

Rosemary French OBE, executive director of Gatwick Diamond Initiative, said the Green Growth Platform (GGP) was a “very strong” incentive for businesses to move to the business park.

Rosemary, 59, of Cranleigh, said: “It’s a very attractive incentive for businesses to be based in the area.

“Crawley has the biggest business park in the UK - there will be many many businesses in Manor Royal alone that will be interested in this.”

She added: “Good business is sustainable business - financially, environmentally and socially - it’s a triple bottom line.”

The five-year GGP offered funding for Sussex firms to reduce their environmental impact or those that were in the environmental sector.

Some 130 business owners attended the University of Brighton project’s launch at the Arora Hotel, Southgate, on June 18.

Steve Sawyer, Manor Royal Business District executive director, said the investment would help firms reduce their overheads.

He said the fund could help companies that were put off by the costs of being more green.

He added: “I’m really looking forward to hearing about some Manor Royal wins.

“It will help those businesses working in the sector to develop their products and bring them to market but I also hope it may act as a catalyst for those companies already here who want to ‘do the right thing’ but are sometimes put off because of the initial costs involved or a lack of practical help.”

Mr Sawyer said promoting the business park’s green credentials would attract companies to it.

He said: “I think those places that cement a reputation as being environmental sound are those that in the not too distant future will be the places certain businesses prefer to be.

“Let’s hope Manor Royal and the Gatwick Diamond is one of those places.”

The GGP offered one-to-one business coaching, support for innovation and research-and-development, product and service development, tailored training, internships and graduate recruitment, funding support and networking events.

Rosemary was awarded an OBE for services to women in business this year.

 

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