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A little goes a long way for charity

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Amanda Lund-Batchelor and her husband Duncan of Ananda Healing Limited felt compelled to donate a percentage of their companies earnings to a worthy charity and St Catherine’s is close too their hearts.

Ananda Healing Limited

For the last three years, Amanda and her husband Duncan have run a Holistics Therapy Practice called Ananda Healing Limited. They feel very passionate about peoples wellbeing and care and felt the synergee between the work they do and St Catherine’s to be very apt. Amanda and Duncan donate to one charity a year so when her father became ill and was cared for by the staff at St Catherine’s the connection become even more valuable. Amanda told us St Catherine’s has always been one of her favourite charities for the work they do, which extends to the families as well as the person who is unwell.

St Catherine’s Hospice:

St Catherine’s Hospice is a charity dedicated to providing specialised end of life care and support to local people, their families, friends and carers.

For over 25 years we have been providing high quality hospice care, free of charge, to people living in Crawley, Horsham, Mid Sussex and East Surrey.  Hospice care is based on the belief that each person is more than their illness, and that each of us has unique physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs.  St Catherine’s responds to the needs of each individual, helping people achieve the best possible quality of life.

This highly personal, holistic approach to care takes time, skill and experience from a multi-professional team.  We care for people in the hospice, in their homes and in nursing homes.  We also provide training, advice and support to other health professionals.

The Donation:

Amanda and Duncan dedicated the month of September as their month for St Catherine’s, encouraging their clients to book in their treatments that month knowing a percentage of their money paid would then be donated to such a great charity. Amanda and Duncan raised a massive £160! Michael of St Catherine’s told us this is a staggering amount of money and gratefully received. Michael went on to tell us “this money could cover the cost of a patient to attend our Day Hospice for a week and a half, which makes such a difference. Every little helps and we are more than grateful to Ananda Healing for their donation”.

We would like to thank Amanda and Michael for talking to us. Well done to Ananda Healing for this very generous feat.

Why not dedicated a month to a charity of your choice and give a percentage of your earnings. If you choose to do this, Crawley Happy Times would like to hear from you 🙂

Crawley MP Holds London Surgeries For Local Commuters

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

Henry Smith MP has announced that he will be holding regular London based surgeries for the various local residents who are unable to attend local surgeries.

“Many of my fellow Crawley residents are also fellow commuters into London and I fully appreciate how long working and travelling hours can be an inconvenience when dealing with personal issues.

“To help make things more convenient, I am offering a Westminster based surgery in addition to those I hold in Crawley. I hope this will make it a little easier for London based Crawley workers.”

For security reasons surgeries will be held by appointment; those wishing to book a London appointment should contact Henry directly at:

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Crawley MP Welcomes Boost To Local Pubs

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Henry Smith enthusiastically supports the Government’s review which will boost the number of local pubs. As part of its commitment to the Great British pub, the Government this week launched a review of restrictive covenants, a legal clause that can be used to prevent community pubs reopening as public houses following a sale.

Henry said:

“In my role as a Member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group responsible for pubs and an avid supporter of the CAMRA campaign, I fully recognise the importance of pubs as hubs of community life and that they are as important to the local social scene as they are to the local economy here in Crawley. But time is being called at too many of our ‘locals’, depriving people of treasured places to get together in the community.

“In September I will have the privilege to get behind the bar at the Mill House pub in Ifield and see firsthand the difficulties faced by publicans whose premises often act as a focal point for local communities. I should note, however, that those looking for free samples will be bitterly disappointed.

“The Government is putting the people back in charge, giving them the power to step in and save their much-loved community assets. By reviewing this restrictive red tape we will enable people to use their collective powers to ensure that their locals remain local and continue to thrive at the heart of every community.”

The Government has already announced that it is supporting community pubs via a range of policies, including:

• Introducing a community right to buy. New rights through the Localism Bill will enable residents to save struggling pubs by taking them over rather than seeing them empty and derelict. Communities seeking to do this can get the expert advice they need through the Government-funded Asset Transfer Unit.

• Reviewing the rules on restrictive covenants. These rules have often restricted competition and seen pubs disappear from our towns and villages.

• A ban on the sale of alcohol below cost price. This will help protect local pubs from deep discounting by some supermarkets.

• Reforming licensing rules. This will make it easier to play live music in local pubs.

• Fair taxation on alcohol. Having already abandoned the last administration’s proposals for a significant increase in cider duty, the Government is balancing the need to tackle problem drinking without unfairly penalising responsible drinkers or ignoring the social and economic importance of pubs.

• The doubling of small business rate relief for another year. The Government is providing £380 million to extend the temporary one-year increase in Small Business Rate Relief which started last October for a further year (1 October 2011 – 30 September 2012). Eligible pubs should take advantage of this, because they do not always claim the discounts they are entitled to. The Government is also cutting red tape for businesses re-applying for this relief in the future.

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Monday, July 11th, 2011


West Sussex County Council Leader Louise Goldsmith has made a series of changes to her Cabinet, which she says are designed to reflect key priorities for the authority.

The Environment and Economy portfolio has been re-named Communities, Environment and Enterprise, and will come under Lionel Barnard, Deputy Leader of the Council.

Lionel’s previous responsibility for Highways and Transport has become a separate portfolio and will be looked after by Pieter Montyn, who joins the Cabinet.

Louise said today: “The portfolio Communities, Environment and Enterprise is all about three very important policy areas.

“We are working closely with our local communities and are developing a really exciting ‘Big Society’ agenda to allow local people to come forward and help shape the type of services they feel are needed in their local area.

“Protecting our very special environment against the pressures of modern life is massively important to everyone living in West Sussex.

“Enterprise is all about our commitment to the economy and playing a strategic role in helping to create business growth and new jobs through our membership of ‘Coast to Capital’ the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

“A well maintained road network is another key priority for the County Council, which is why I have decided that there should be a specific Highways and Transport portfolio.

“Pieter has been a deputy to Lionel on highways issues so he brings a great deal of experience to this role. He has also been heavily involved in the work that has been taking place to assess the impact of reducing subsidies to bus operators.”

The changes do not increase the size of the Cabinet, but a new deputy to the Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport has been created to which County Councillor John O’Brien has been appointed.

Skydive for Milly by Sally McLachlan & Paul Hewson

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

The sky dive and a “story” on what happened and who it was for!

My name is Sally McLachlan and I used to go to secondary school with Emma Vaughan and heared about Milly being ill. I knew straight away I wanted to do something to help with the fundraising and decided to do a skydive with my friend Paul Hewson.

Sally McLachlan & Paul Hewson

We decided to raise the money for Brain Tumour UK and Millys Journey and managed to raise £1600.

We arrived at Headcorn Airfield, Kent at 08.30am Saturday morning ready to jump but unfortunately after the briefing it was apparent that the weather was against us! We waited 10 hours just incase the weather changed but 6.00pm we had to admit defeat and rebook. With a lot of pleading and persuading we convinced them to let us rebook for the next morning as Paul and I had travelled from Lancashire.

We arrived at 07.30 Sunday morning ready to go again and the weather was looking a lot better by 10.00 we were kitted up ready to go adreneline pumping! We climbed to 12000ft and jumped. Best experience ever and knowing that we were doing for Milly there were no nerves and no regrets. Thankyou to everyone that spomsored us and anyone that wants to raise money or donate please visit

we are both now hooked and planning a accelerated FreeFall course so we can jump solo!!!

Thanks Very much

Sally McLachlan & Paul Hewson

Crawley MP Encourages Residents To Show Their Support In Armed Forces Day

Friday, June 24th, 2011

In advance of tomorrow’s Armed Forces Day 2011, Henry Smith MP takes the opportunity to say thank you to all those that are serving in the Armed Forces, their families, veterans and cadets and encourages all to show their support on the day.

Commenting on this week’s Armed Forces Day Henry said:

“”Today I’ve been pleased to take part in Armed Forces Day 2011 by meeting cadets and personnel at K2 – and even having a go at the training assault course the Army put up!

“Armed Forces Day is a great opportunity for us to show our appreciation for all those who wear the uniform, their families, veterans and cadets. We all owe a huge debt to our brave service personnel who work tirelessly keeping this country safe. I wish those attending a great day out and on behalf of all local residents to say a big thank you to our amazing Armed Forces.

“The Government is committed to providing for our troops. In the past year ministers have already doubled the operational allowance and introduced a pupil premium to help with the education of our forces children. I absolutely support these practical policies that show our commitment and gratitude to our brave forces.”

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MP Pays Tribute To Regiment At Crawley Homecoming Parade

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

MP Pays Tribute To Regiment At Crawley Homecoming Parade

Crawley MP, Henry Smith, said this morning:

“I am very proud that Crawley is hosting the Princess of Wales Royal Regiment for their homecoming parade.

“We owe our very freedom and security to those service personnel who risk their lives to defend us. I am delighted that Crawley residents recognise that and have gone out of their way to welcome our troops with respect and affection.”

The Regimental homecoming parade begins noon starting at Territorial Army Centre then moves west on to The Boulevard before moving south along the High Street.

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Vote now for pioneering Hastings Homeless Service!

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Vote now for pioneering Hastings Homeless Service!

Sussex residents are being urged to cast their vote for the ground breaking St John Ambulance Homeless Service which provides first aid and vital health care to some of the most vulnerable people in Hastings.

The service has reached the South East semi-finals of the National Lottery Awards and is now relying on local people to see it crowned with the coveted ‘Best Health Project’ title.

The project is competing against nine others in its category. The first round of public voting runs until midday on 20 June – vote by visiting or call 0844 836 9703.

The three projects with the most votes in each category will go through to the final round of public voting later in the summer.

St John Ambulance set up its Hastings Homeless Service in 2003 with the help of a £152,701 Lottery grant. It received another £181,498 worth of Lottery funding in 2007.

The charity’s 14-strong team of dedicated volunteers provides a unique service to homeless and vulnerable people who, for a variety of complex reasons, find themselves excluded from GP and other mainstream health services.

The service ranges from emergency first aid in life or death situations to ongoing support designed to help desperate people turn their lives around.

The team includes five nurses, a mental health nurse and a podiatrist. Together they provide four daytime health clinics a week at the Seaview Project day-centre in St Leonards and a fortnightly Saturday evening clinic at Hope Kitchen in Hastings.

The free drop-in clinics enable homeless people to receive treatment for a range of serious illnesses and conditions common among those who live at the margins of society – they include bronchitis, trench foot, skeletal injuries and mental problems linked to alcohol and drug abuse. Last year the service had more than 1,400 contacts with clients.

Along with professional health care, the charity also provides a wide range of support services designed to help people tackle their problems and turn their lives around.

A pioneering partnership between the Homeless Service and the Conquest Hospital has been successful in reducing repeated readmission to hospital because St John Ambulance ensures patients are given the support they need when they are discharged after treatment.

The project has reduced the burden on the NHS while ensuring that discharged patients don’t simply return to their desperate lives on the streets with all the associated health risks.

Homeless Service Manager Markie Barratt said: ‘It’s easy to vote so I hope as many people as possible will support us.’

‘Gaining a national award would be a great boost for the project which relies on public donations and Lottery funding to provide vital health care to people who most need it. In many cases the service is quite literally the difference between a life lost and a life saved.’

Deadline extended for Design Awards

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Deadline extended for Design Awards

The deadline for applications for this year’s West Sussex Design and Sustainability Awards has been extended to the end of the month.

The Awards promote and celebrate the construction and restoration of buildings and open spaces in West Sussex.

The deadline for applications has been extended to Wednesday 29th June.

West Sussex County Council has run an awards scheme since 1978. In 2007 the categories changed to reflect the increasing need for construction to be sustainable, both in terms of materials and energy use.

The award categories are:

• The New Building Award: for new buildings that best show the principles of good design.

• The Sustainable Building Award: for buildings using the principles of sustainable design and which are designed to minimise their impact on the environment for the life of the building.

• The Restoration Award: for the best conversion or restoration of an existing structure which gives new life to the building or structure.

• The Public Realm Award: for the best landscaping around an individual building or group of buildings, a public open space, new public art or an example of a quality street scene design and layout.

Cabinet Member for Environment and Economy Deborah Urquhart said: “The awards celebrate the rich variety of new and restored buildings in our county.

“So if you’ve got a building in the county which has recently been restored, is a new building, or is particularly environmentally friendly, act now and enter it for an award.”

For further details contact 01243 642119, e-mail, or visit the County Council website at, to enter online.



Free Family Bike Ride

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Free family bike ride

This year’s Crawley Family Bike Ride takes place on Sunday 26th June and includes free entrance to Nymans Gardens, owned by the National Trust.

The second annual ride is from Oriel High School in Maidenbower to Nymans Gardens in Handcross and back. Registration starts at 10am and the ride is suitable for all ages and abilities, although children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

The route follows National Cycle Route 20 and is led by experienced cyclists.

Arrival at Nymans should be at about 12 noon. The return ride starts at about 1pm with arrival back at Oriel at about 3pm. For more information visit or

The ride is part of Bike Week, which runs from June 18-26. Another event sees Crawley Borough Council and Ahead Cycles offering a Bike Doctor service. The Bike Doctor will be beside the Bandstand in Queens Square between 11.30am and 1.30pm on Monday June 20, Wednesday June 22 and Friday June 24.

Bring your bike for a free health check and then take it with you to Ahead Cycles on The Broadway to get a 10 per cent discount on any recommended repairs and services.

Bike Buddies will also run from Three Bridges Station on Monday to Friday, leaving at 8am on two routes – one to Manor Royal Business District and one to K2 Crawley. If you want to learn the best route to work or gain confidence riding with others then join in.

Bike Week aims to promote and encourage cycling as part of everyday life and highlights the social, health, environmental and economic benefits of cycling.

Councillor Lenny Walker, Cabinet member for Leisure and Culture, said: “There’s more to do in Crawley this Bike Week than ever before. The family bike ride is a great way to discover new parts of Crawley as well as visiting a nearby National Trust property, all at a leisurely pace.

“As well as the ride the Bike Doctor and Bike Buddies will help to give more local bike owners the skills and confidence to get out on two wheels this summer.”

Committee cash boost for Crawley Community Groups

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Committee cash boost for Crawley Community Groups

FOUR Crawley community groups, plus the town’s annual festival, have received a cash boost totalling more than £3500 from the East Crawley County Local Committee.

The cash comes from the Committee’s Community Initiative Funding (CIF), which is money it receives from West Sussex County Council to support organisations that enhance their neighbourhoods.

The Crawley Festival was granted £1600 towards various costs associated with its setting-up and staging.

The four community groups are:

• Siva Trust, which provides information on health and well-being – £400 towards costs of a phased facilities enhancement plan.

• Cobnor Activities Centre Trust – £1777 towards costs for a one-off, week-long activities project for disadvantaged young people from Crawley.

• CAMEO Club for older people – £444 towards costs of a group holiday and coach hire.

• Parent and Family Care Foundation – £355 for a day of training and respite for parents of children with special needs in Crawley.

Richard Burrett, Committee Chairman, said: “Crawley has a wealth of organisations that are committed to enriching their communities. The CIF enables us to support them in a practical and positive way.”

Committee to hear Three Bridges parking proposals

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Committee to hear Three Bridges parking proposals

A REPORT on proposed amendments to the Three Bridges Controlled Parking Zone will be the headline issue at the next meeting of the East Crawley County Local Committee.

The Committee meeting will also include:

• A verbal update on a recent consultation on parking issues in Pound Hill.

• Requests for Community Initiative Funding, which is cash the Committee receives from West Sussex County Council to support local organisations that enhance their neighbourhoods.

• The ‘talk with us’ forum. “This is our regular forum that enables people to raise local issues they are concerned about,” said Committee Chairman Richard Burrett.

The meeting is being held on Tuesday 17th May in The Longley Room, Crawley Library, starting at 7pm.

Crawley MP Welcomes West Sussex Health & Wellbeing Board

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Crawley MP Welcomes West Sussex Health & Wellbeing Board

The Department of Health has announced that West Sussex will be the first to experience NHS Reforms under the Government’s plans which are due to come into full effect across the country in April next year. “Greater democracy over the Health Service will mean more accountability and therefore efficiency,” said Crawley MP, Henry Smith.

Henry continued:

“The West Sussex Health & Wellbeing Board will help remove divisions between the NHS and local authorities and give local residents a greater say in the health services which they receive.  This will assist in bridging the divide between health, public health and social services.

“The Board will meet in May and first on the agenda will be to discuss how to allocate the additional £8.9 million funding which I announced just before Christmas last year for social care.

“The Board will ensure greater coordination and cooperation between different health related services to ensure that those most in need receive the targeted assistance which they require.”

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Crawley MP Congratulates Local Firm On Successful £100m Deal For London 2012 Security Services

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Crawley MP Congratulates Local Firm On Successful £100m Deal For London 2012 Security Services

The Manor Royal based G4S has won a deal to recruit, train and manage over 10,000 security staff for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Henry Smith said:

“This £100 million contract is one in a series of successful business deals won across Crawley which help place local business at the heart of the upcoming 2012 Games.

“Well done to the G4S team that worked so hard to put together and sell a winning bid which will undoubtedly create yet more jobs locally and assist other businesses.  The bid was won against the backdrop of tough competition and it is a true testament to G4S that they have been appointed for this essential role.

“I am pleased to see the extent to which Crawley is benefiting from the London Games and will continue to try and build on this platform further still.”

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The Kung Fu School excels in entertainment

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

The Kung Fu School in Spindle Way in Crawley leads the way in martial arts entertainment as well as being one of the best schools in the area.

Who are they?

The Kung Fu School is without a doubt Crawley’s premier martial arts facility and arguably one of the best in the UK. Fully equipped with modern and traditional training equipment, wooden dummies and wallbags, it has two training areas with solid wooden floors and mirrored walls. There is no better place to start martial arts training.


They are the longest established Wing Chun Club in Crawley with their first class opening in 1992. After many years in local halls and community centres, the appropriately titled ‘Kung Fu School’ was opened on Spindle Way in 2005. So when it comes to Kung Fu, they are experts in our field.

Having studied under some of the worlds most renowned (and sometimes controversial) Wing Chun masters, the Kung Fu School never rests on it laurels and is constantly pushing forward to develop its curriculum and making sure students have some of the best tuition available.  <source>

Sifu Paul Hawkes invited Crawley Happy Times to their recent Chinese Day. The school is always well attended on such events, as it was last year when the ex-Mayor Brenda Burgess experienced the entertainment for herself. You can read this article here.

This years was no exception. Sifu Paul and his team always make the events interesting and educational. We would like to thank the whole team for the invite and wish them all the success for the future.


Crawley MP Pays Tribute To The Life Of Bruce Winfield

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Crawley MP Pays Tribute To The Life Of Bruce Winfield

Bruce Winfield has dedicated so much to Crawley’s Football League ambitions over the past half century and was instrumental in Crawley Town’s recent rise to success.

Henry Smith said:

“This is a sad loss for Crawley, yet we are grateful for the memories and inspiration Bruce Winfield has given to our town.”

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Crawley MP Welcomes Virgin Atlantic’s Boot To Economic Growth In Crawley

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Henry Smith MP today welcomed Virgin Atlantic’s announcement that it will be expanding its service operations at Gatwick Airport.

Ten new A330 aircraft will be introduced over the next two years, which will not only boost services on offer from Gatwick (specifically additional weekly flights from London to Ghana, Tobago, Grenada and Havana) but will also create 350 new jobs locally.

The new posts will include cabin crew, pilots and ground staff for the newly created supporting head office roles.

Henry said:

“I warmly welcome Virgin Atlantic’s announcement to expand their Gatwick operations.

“Once again, Virgin Atlantic has demonstrated that it is a forward thinking and successful British company, that I feel very proud to have based here in Crawley.  This move will serve only to further cement Gatwick’s status as the nation’s second gateway.”

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Crawley MP Supports Crawley No Smoking Day

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

No Smoking Day (9th March) could be the day that smokers in Crawley decide it’s finally time to quit.  In its 28th year, No Smoking Day is encouraging smokers to give up smoking, save thousands of pounds and take the opportunity to find out how they can get help and support.

Local MP Henry Smith is supporting this year’s No Smoking Day campaign and will be supporting events Crawley.   Thousands of No Smoking Day events will be taking place all over the UK. There will be interactive stalls, an abseil, poster displays, a sack race and even a flash mob.  Stop smoking services, fire and rescue services, local councils, supermarkets, local football clubs and many more, will be out and about to help and support smokers who are ready to call it quits.

Henry said, “Smokers can make No Smoking Day the official day that they stop smoking and they don’t have to do it alone. Help and advice is at hand and if they get the support of their local stop smoking service they can increase their chances of success by up to four times.

We have some of the highest smoking rates in Crawley, with a Department of Health report showing last year that nearly a third of Crawley adult residents are smokers, which is above the national average.

I would encourage smokers to give it a go.  You may not notice the benefits straight away but you will start to be able to breathe easier, have more energy and it will make a big difference to their pocket – saving those who smoke 10 a day up to £2,000 a year.”

Dragons’ Den star and entrepreneur, Duncan Bannatyne, who is the No Smoking Day President, said, “Quitting smoking isn’t always easy. Most of the nine million UK smokers say they’d like to quit, and many have tried to stop several times over the last year.

“If you’ve tried and failed a few times, it’s easy to give up hope. But you’ll find few ex-smokers that quit the habit on their first attempt. So pick yourself up, dust yourself down and believe that this time you really can do it!”

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Ambition for Leisure and Culture

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Ambition for Leisure and Culture

The Crawley Borough Council budget approved on 23rd February

provided the sound financial footing needed to develop Crawley’s future

leisure and cultural offer

Councillor Lenny Walker, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Cultural

Services, comments, “We have a fantastic leisure and cultural offer in

Crawley and we aim to improve this even further.  Tilgate Park is one of

Crawley’s gems and we see further potential pursuits for residents and

visitors.  We have allocated £500,000 in the recent budget for spend-to-

save initiatives across our parks and open spaces.”

We will be looking to bring the former Bluebird Pub back into use and

introduce new features such as Go-Ape in the forest and boating on the

lakes.  The Walled Garden and Nature Centre can also be improved

and provide an even more entertaining day out.”

The Hawth Theatre is also being reviewed so as to deliver even more for

its diverse audiences.

Councillor Lenny Walker sees great additional potential in The Hawth

which will remain firmly in Council ownership, “We will review how The

Hawth is run while treating today’s offer as the minimum baseline that we

wish to improve upon.  There may be opportunities for new investment

such as increasing the capacity of the main theatre and making more

use of the less well-known amphitheatre.  Feedback from the public is

that we should review the programme of shows and we have taken this

on board.  In doing so, we will continue to provide an eclectic mix of arts

and culture, supported by a strong commitment to community arts


West Sussex businesses go for Gold

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

West Sussex businesses go for Gold

Businessmen and women from across West Sussex have been finding out about business opportunities from London 2012 Games, the public sector in the UK, Europe and internationally.

The event at K2 Crawley saw experts outline where to find business opportunities, how to develop a bid strategy, and what makes a compelling bid. The event was supported by UK Trade & Investment South East, Freedom Leisure, who operate K2 Crawley on behalf of Crawley Borough Council, and by West Sussex-Ahead of the Game, the countywide initiative to make the most out of the 2012 Games.

A procurement expert from West Sussex County Council was among the speakers.

West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Economy Deborah Urquhart said: “It’s very encouraging so many businesses attended this very informative workshop. In these challenging economic times, we are committed to doing what we can to provide businesses with information and advice to help them remain competitive”.

It is estimated there will be more than 15,000 contracts on offer for the London 2012 Games via , the website where Games-related contract opportunities are published. Many West Sussex businesses have already won top-tier contracts, and many more are benefitting from the supply chains.

The event was funded by SEEDA as part of the Business Link South East 2012 Business Support programme.