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Brighton & Hove: a Social Enterprise City
10/09/2014 09:46:04

Two events will serve to highlight the vibrant social enterprise scene in Brighton & Hove this week: a Social Enterprise Network Event at Wagner Hall on Friday 12th and "Social Saturday" on the 13 September.

Social Enterprise Network Event, Friday 12th September:

9.30am – 1pm, 12th September 2014 at Wagner Hall, Regency Road, Brighton, BN1 2RT

This event will be about the journey of a social enterprise with workshops and networking opportunities for anyone interested in this area.

· Caroline Lucas and the School of Social Entrepreneurs will be delivering keynote speeches.

· Practical workshops delivered by The Big Lemon, Engage and Create, Buzzbank, the School for Social Entrepreneurs, hisBe, Brighton & Hove City Council, Community Wood Recycling and more.

· Information on the developing Brighton and Hove Social Enterprise Strategy and an opportunity to have your say

· Exhibitors from the School for Social Entrepreneurs, Buzzbank and Big Society Capital - giving you the chance to talk face-to-face with some of the most influential social enterprise bodies in the UK.

This is a rare opportunity to learn from some of the most important people in the social enterprise sector here in Brighton & Hove. Book your free place now at
Please support us on social media, our twitter handle is @BHSEN2014.

Click here to download the program for the day.

Further information can be found at


"Social Saturday", 13th September:

The UK’s first Social Saturday will take place on 13th September 2014.  Social Saturday will raise awareness of social enterprise and encourage consumers to unleash their spending power and buy from social enterprises.

Brighton & Hove will be celebrating Social Saturday in Jubilee Square, Jubilee Street, outside Jubilee Library from 10am to 5pm. The Big Lemon will be there - come and talk to us about what makes a business a social enterprise and what we are doing to make the world a better place! 



Help the Homeless - Fill the Box!
28/04/2014 12:18:14

This week we're collecting food on the buses for Fareshare Brighton & Hove, an organisation fighting food poverty by redistributing surplus and donated food to organisations working with homeless and vulnerable people in the community.

Every day this week we have boxes on the buses on Route 52 and some of the buses serving the University of Brighton too. 

Fareshare's Andrew Trewin, pictured above on the right, said ''Last year Fare Share helped to serve over one million meals within the Sussex area. This year, we are supporting sixty five charitable organisations that feed over three thousand people every day. A large majority of the food that we redistribute from the industry is fresh due to the short shelf life, but these levels can be inconsistent. Therefore long life food is essential to ensure a constant supply of food to help the homeless and vulnerable people within our county and it's fantastic that this is being collected on The Big Lemon this week.''

The city council is also collecting food at its centres all this week so if you can't make it onto one of the buses you can donate there instead. 

Help us fill the box!

1.  If you're planning to ride the bus, bring some food with you!  Click here for Route 52 info and click here for the University of Brighton bus info.

2.  If you have no need for the bus this week, you can still jump on quickly and put something in the box, and then hop off again

3.  Share this page on Facebook, Twitter etc (copy this link:



New bus services for University of Brighton
28/04/2014 09:23:52

Today sees the launch of new services for the University of Brighton to replace bus service 44 which was withdrawn at Easter.  

The University of Brighton has very ambitious targets to cut its carbon footprint in half in the five years from 2009/10, and has put in place a Carbon Management Plan to achieve this.  The provision of inter-campus transport running on a sustainable fuel is part of this plan, and has allowed the university to reduce car travel between the campuses and dramatically reduce the use of the university's diesel minibuses.

Neil Morgan, Director of Operations at The Big Lemon, said "I love what they're doing at the University of Brighton with their very ambitious carbon reduction target and we're committed to helping them achieve that.  With larger buses on the service this term we hope to avoid the capacity issues that have affected this service in the past and continue to provide students and staff with the best service we possibly can."
Our 53 seater coach getting ready for Day 1 

There are two services, UB1 and UB2.  UB1 links the campuses at Falmer, Varley Park and Moulsecoomb with the Grand Parade campus and the city centre.  UB2 is a non-stop shuttle service between Moulsecoomb, Varley Park and Falmer. 

The service runs Monday - Friday during University of Brighton term-time (28 April - 13 June 2014) The service is free to University of Brighton students and staff but passengers must show a valid University of Brighton ID card in order to travel.

For route maps and timetables please click here


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