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Developer and partner charter could lead to opportunities for Manor Royal businesses

Developer and partner charter could lead to opportunities for Manor Royal businesses

The contractor for up-and-coming Manor Royal projects has signified its commitment to Crawley by signing a "developer and partner charter".

Kier, a leading property, residential, construction and services group and one of Crawley Borough Council's developer partners, is currently working in partnership on three schemes in Manor Royal, providing hundreds of jobs to Crawley residents in the process.

Signed by Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Councillor Peter Smith, and Steve Cresswell, Kier's Operations Director in Crawley, the charter encourages developers, their contractors and council partners to make the most of all available opportunities for local people and businesses.

One of the new developments is the new Acorn Retail Park, located near County Oak Retail Park, which will house Aldi, Marks and Spencer's Simply food and Smyth's Toys.

In addition to this, Kier recently completed two extensions at Manor Green Primary School and College.

Speaking at the signing, Steve Cresswell said: "It's a real pleasure to be building on our doorstep, having recently moved offices to Manor Royal, and seeing the area grow and develop for the future. At Kier we always set out to contribute in a positive way to the communities in which we work and we're pleased to be able to offer vital training opportunities during the construction of the new Acorn Retail Park, including employing an apprentice on the scheme."

Once signed up, developers and partners will need to demonstrate their willingness to employ local people, create local supplier opportunities and contribute to raising skills for people in the area.

Examples include committing to providing apprenticeships, promoting opportunities for local businesses to provide services and materials, keeping local people well-informed, supporting local initiatives and working closely with local organisations like Central Sussex College and secondary schools to promote the value of skills and training.

Councillor Peter Smith said: "The council is delighted that Kier has signed up to the Crawley Charter as this shows significant support for Crawley people and businesses and is a further vote of confidence in our Skills and Employment Plan."

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