Thanks to the following local businesses and organisations for their support.
London Gatwick Airport
For the fifth year, Gatwick Airport are Headline Sponsor for the Crawley Community Awards. Melanie Wrightson, Community Engagement Manager explains why.
“Over a third of Gatwick staff call Crawley and Horley home. They help the airport to dwould not be the airport it is today. Some people however go above and beyond and selflessly give up their time for the benefit of others. It is important to stop and take a moment to recognise these people as they enrich our community and peoples’ lives. I’m lucky enough to meet many of the local volunteers and community representatives who do great work across the region, whether they are helping to raise funds or helping those who just need some additional help and support. I find their selflessness and commitment to help other people inspirational.
It is only right that our Community heroes receive the recognition they deserve and Gatwick Airport is proud to be able to help by supporting the Crawley Community Awards. We are also delighted to be working alongside others who took the initiative to honour and recognise our Community heroes, including The Crawley Observer, the Hawth Theatre and Crawley Borough Council. I wish all the nominees the best of luck and look forward to a fantastic awards evening”.eliver a world-class passenger experience and do a fantastic job welcoming over 46 million passengers a year as they fly out to more than 228 destinations in 74 countries. They are fantastic ambassadors not only for Gatwick, but for Crawley and the wider region. Simply put, without the support of local people, Gatwick would not be the airport it is today.
Some people, however, go above and beyond and selflessly give up their time for the benefit of others. It is important to stop and take a moment to recognise these people as they enrich our community and peoples’ lives. I’m lucky enough to meet many of the local volunteers and community representatives who do great work across the region, whether they are helping to raise funds or helping those who just need some additional help and support. I find their selflessness and commitment to help other people inspirational.
It is only right that our Community heroes receive the recognition they deserve and Gatwick Airport is proud to be able to help by supporting the Crawley Community Awards. We are also delighted to be working alongside others who took the initiative to honour and recognise our Community heroes, including The Crawley Observer, The Hawth and Crawley Borough Council. I wish all the nominees the best of luck and look forward to a fantastic awards evening.
Melanie Wrightson, Community Engagement Manager,
London Gatwick Airport
Sponsors of the Charity Category
Blakedown Landscapes are very pleased to be given the chance to sponsor the community awards, it’s great to see people from the community getting recognised for their hard work and dedication in helping others. Having the chance to be part of celebrating these people is a great honour for our company and we being able to give back to the community we enjoy working with.
As a multi award-winning landscaping company operating throughout the UK. Now in our 50th year, we have extensive knowledge and experience that spans across all sectors from local authorities, royal parks, commercial developers, schools and universities to high-end luxury developers. Blakedown specialises in delivering high quality landscape construction, environmental improvements, public park restoration, grounds maintenance, and play area construction services. Working with both local and national institutions, they collaborate with developers and architects to realise projects.
They have been involved in several major projects, including the Crossrail Roof Garden, the Great Yarmouth Venetian Waterways, Crawley town centre and RHS Wisely. Blakedown carefully consider the community in every project that they undertake, viewing their work as a means to unite and rejuvenate urban areas. History is also of high significance, as many projects require innovative thinking to ensure that a surrounding area is respected, with original heritage maintained to permit the continued legacy of an area. For more information visit www.blakedown.co.uk
Sponsors of the Community Group Category
Metrobus run the bus services in Crawley including Fastway and really proud to do so. Overall we operate around 147 buses on 50 routes across the wider Sussex, Surrey and Kent area
At Metrobus we believe everyone has the right to travel with ease and comfort. Our purpose is to give of all those we serve the freedom to connect with the people and places they value most so that they can live their lives to the full.
We took people to work and to school, to gigs and to hospital, on first dates and to interviews. We move to the rhythm of life.
We put heart and soul into everything we do and while our first priority is to run a safe, reliable, frequent, clean, comfortable, value for money bus service, we equally want to help the communities we belong to grow stronger.
We’re delighted to be sponsoring the Community Group category at this year’s Crawley Community Awards.
Everyone Active K2 Crawley
Sponsors of the Sports Person category
The Crawley Community Awards working together with Crawley Borough Council, The Hawth and the Crawley Observer help reward our community heroes, high achievers and good sports.
There is a wealth of sporting talent in Crawley with many sporting groups and individuals using our excellent facilities for training. K2 Crawley, which is operated by Everyone Active on behalf of Crawley Borough Council, is very proud to serve its community. We have no doubt that many of the residents and businesses involved with the awards will in fact be patrons and we love nothing more than seeing you benefit from our fabulous facilities.
K2 Crawley offers a wide range of activities for the whole family to enjoy, from our award winning swimming lessons to our fantastic 125 station state of the art gym, we really do offer activities for all no matter what your age or ability. We also continue to host a number of high profile national and international events that showcase our amazing facility and bring visitors in large numbers not only to K2 Crawley but into the wider Crawley community.
We would like to congratulate all those who have been nominated for an award and look forward to welcoming you all to K2 Crawley very soon.
County Mall, Crawley
Sponsors of the Support Group category
A local shopping destination for the past 25 years, County Mall, Crawley welcomes eight million customers through its doors every year offering over 75 retail and dining options to the local community.
“Everyone who visits County Mall has an important story to tell in the local community and because of this the shopping centre is proud to be sponsoring the Support Group category.”
“We understand the trials and tribulations that members of the community who are working tirelessly in, and part of support groups; these are a vital step to help give those the confidence not to suffer alone and to engage with like-minded people. It’s our absolute privilege to be supporting this award and presenting to a well deserving group.”
Sponsors of the Inspiration category
Arora Group is a UK-focused private group of companies, with specialist divisions in the hospitality, construction and property sectors. Beginning in 1999, Arora Group now boasts a growing collection of 12 hotels across the UK and a diversified asset-management portfolio of over £1.8 billion. Following a successful 20-year history, Arora Group will soon operate over 5,000 bedrooms, supported by over 2,000 team members.
With a long-term investment in the heart of the local business community, Arora Group is best known as the owner/operator of Arora Hotel Gatwick/Crawley, the 432-bedroom property in the centre of Crawley Town, which opened in 2004. The Group also oversees the management of The Office, part of the Manor Royal Business District. Arora Group will continue its historically strong-working relationship with Crawley Borough Council, as Grove Developments (the construction division of Arora Group) looks to deliver a major regeneration to Overline House and Crawley Train Station.
As part of its commitment to local businesses, Arora Group is an active member of the Gatwick Diamond business programme. The Group is delighted to be sponsoring the ‘Inspiration’ category at the 2020 Crawley Community Awards.
Sponsors of the Achievement Category
Optime Group are delighted to be sponsoring the Achievement category at this year’s Crawley Community Awards.
Having established our business in Crawley almost 3 years ago, we feel privileged to provide work for over 800 staff in the local area. Through our work, we serve job seekers from an immensely diverse range of backgrounds, all representing different cultures but all with something very important in common. This being that all have chosen to live and work in Crawley and are proud to be contributors of the local community.
Recognising these contributions and achievements is extremely important so we’re thrilled to be part of this year’s Community Awards and wish all the nominees the very best of luck!
Sponsors of the Education Category
CITB is dedicated to ensuring the construction workforce has the right skills for now and the future based on our three strategic priorities – careers, standards and qualifications, and training and development.
Construction accounts for 2.6 million jobs in the UK with 224,000 new jobs being created over the next five years. So when you’re thinking about career options, think construction.
Why not undertake apprenticeships? You are employed and will earn while you learn, so you can gain an industry specific qualification without needing a student loan. You’re employed full-time (usually between 30-40 hours per week), which includes the time spent with your training provider.
Visit our portal at \ that provides a ‘one stop shop’ for anyone considering a career in the industry as well as providing tools, resources and content for teachers, careers advisors and construction ambassadors.
CITB is delighted to be sponsoring the Education category at this event and wish all finalists luck.
Crawley Borough Council
Crawley Borough Council is urging residents to get their nominations in for next year’s Community Awards. The council is organising the 2020 event and partnering with the Observer and The Hawth to run the awards for the fifth consecutive year.
The awards demonstrate just one way the council supports the charity and voluntary sector in the town.
The council also gives out grants, offers professional support and councillors work in their wards to help develop projects supporting local needs.
For more details visit www.crawley.gov.uk/community
After more than 30 years at the heart of the community in Crawley, The Hawth has hosted thousands of community events and has experienced firsthand the hard work of many local people in that time. Therefore it is an honour for us to work with Crawley Borough Council and Crawley Observer to recognise and reward our community heroes.
The Hawth offers a diverse programme of top quality arts and entertainment throughout the year. It’s always been part of our philosophy to encourage participation in the arts and there are opportunities to get involved in everything from dance, theatre, music, art and creative writing amongst many other activities taking place at the venue.
Every event at The Hawth relies on the support of the community to succeed. Whether it’s those who attend the vibrant, fun-packed festivals featuring local performers or the children from the area taking to the stage in our record-breaking pantomime. Then there are the dedicated Friends volunteers who give up their time to welcome our customers, the Audio Description team who assist our blind and partially sighted patrons and the local groups who use the venue to put on their own shows. The Hawth is proof that hard work, dedication and passion pays off.
Congratulations to all those who have been nominated, well done to the winners and a huge thank you to all of you for attending this very special celebration.
hawth.co.uk Box Office : 01293 553636
The Crawley Observer
The Crawley Observer are delighted to be working with Crawley Borough Council and The Hawth again this year to bring you the Crawley Community Awards. As the only local newspaper in Crawley, we will be printing information for nominators, telling you a bit about the event supporters and will be creating a post event two-page picture special to be incuded in the Crawley Observer. Good luck to all nominees and our thanks to those who take the time to make nominations.