The Big Lemon is offering free travel all day tomorrow (7 December) for the UK's first Small Business Saturday - but only if passengers show the driver a lemon!
Small Business Saturday is a national campaign "all about encouraging everyone in the UK to support small businesses, both on the day and beyond". As a local small business, we're excited to be involved in the event and hope that people will join in the fun, hop on the bus with their lemon, and pop into town for free to visit the fantastic collection of small businesses we are so lucky to have in the city.
Passengers who show the driver a lemon can travel for free - but you don't have to give the lemon to the driver, you can keep it for the journey home!
For information on The Big Lemon's bus services running tomorrow please click here, and for information on other bus services across the city please click here. For information on events in the city centre please have a look at the special map here.
The Big Lemon was last night awarded "Social Enterprise of the Year" at the Sussex Business Awards 2013!
The award for "Social Enterprise of the Year" is for a social enterprise with "a clear mission", which "understands the impact it wishes to have on the community". there were four finalists in the social enterprise category, Brighton & Hove Food & Drink Festival (which was 'highly commended'), hiSbe Food and Young Start-up Talent. The award was sponsored by Legal and General.
Tom Druitt, MD, said at the award ceremony "This award marks the first time The Big Lemon has won a Sussex Business Award, and we are totally thrilled to have won the first award in the new social enterprise category, especially considering the quality of the competition".
Previous awards won by The Big Lemon include:
2008: The Dandelion Award for Sustainable Business (UK)
2010: "Best Sustainability Initiative", Brighton & Hove Public Service Awards
2011: "Best Social Enterprise", Ethiconomy Awards (EU), Gela, Italy
2012: "Best in Responsible Transport", Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Award
The Big Lemon has been shortlisted for the "Best Social Enterprise" Award at the Sussex Business Awards. 2013 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the competition. Celebrating business excellence across Sussex, the Awards is the longest established scheme of its kind in the county. The Big Lemon faces stiff competition, with Brighton & Hove Food & Drink Festival, hiSbe Food and Young Start-up Talent all head to head in the social enterprise category, which is sponsored by Legal and General. The award ceremony is on Thursday 5th December.
Managing Director of The Big Lemon, Tom Druitt, said "We're thrilled to have got to the finals in the Sussex Business Awards, and it's a special honour in this category as there are so many brilliant social enterprises in the county providing essential services to local people. We've worked hard this year and achieved a number of improvements to services, with an extended 52 route and the launch of a new 44. I'm very proud of the team and grateful for all the work they have put in, and for the continued support of our passengers and wellwishers."
The Big Lemon CIC is a Community Interest Company registered in England and Wales no. 6045786.
Registered Office: Protran House, Boundary Road, Brighton BN2 5TJ.