A petition has been launched calling on Eastbourne Borough Council to award the Wish Tower restaurant contract to a local catering firm.
Following last week’s news that Rick Stein, believed to be the preferred operator for the site, had pulled out of the deal, a campaign has been launched on Change.org for the contract to be given to Eastbourne-based Ambience Catering.
In a message on the website Greg Draven from Ambience, who set up the petition, said: “Buying local has never been more important than right now, especially after the EU referendum.”
He continues: “Ambience Catering are the very essence of buying local.
“They have grown from small and humble beginnings to one of the best caterers in Eastbourne, if not the South East.
“Please do not waste this opportunity to show Eastbourne you are committed to improving business for Eastbourne and IN Eastbourne.
“Bringing in a catering company from outside Eastbourne will mean any profit generated will not go back into the Eastbourne economy but be siphoned off to be spent elsewhere.
“Awarding the contract to Ambience will mean money will stay in the local area and boost the economy further.”
The petition was set up three days ago and already has almost 200 signatures.
Those signing the petition have also been quick to back Greg’s calls for a local business to be given the contract to run a destination restaurant – being built at a cost of £1.2 million – at the Wish Tower site.
James Hopkins wrote: “Well done Greg for setting this up.
“Power of the local people. Buy local! Go for it Gary.
“Your work ethic and passion for local business should be rewarded by the council by awarding you the contract that I know you have already tendered for and should of got!”
Charlotte Bracken wrote: “I have come to know Gary and his team through his work at Borough Football club.
“Ambience Catering are a professional local company who understand the dining needs and standards required of the clientele in Sussex.
“They are local to the area and have demonstrated their commitment to the county in the work they have achieved already and thus should be given an opportunity to have a locally supported, sustainable and profitable business in Eastbourne.
“Surely for the town to continue to flourish and grow, we must support local small businesses and make this opportunity a viable one so as to encourage other local businesses that this town fully supports local trade.”
Dawn Yates wrote: “Ambience are the ideal company to embrace the full potential of the wish tower.
“Gary and team produce fantastic food, well managed events and venues and are a solid local employer.”
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