Hastings – full-fibre broadband will put town in the top 14 per cent nationwide

An East Sussex start-up has secured substantial investment to bring hyperfast full-fibre broadband to Hastings. Billed as the most profound infrastructure advancement to benefit residents and businesses in recent years, Eastbourne based Lightning Fibre will build, install and operate the new full-fibre network, starting with Eastbourne and then Hastings. The new hyperfast network will deliver […]

Eat Out to Help Out acclaimed a success in hastings and Rye

The August the Eat Out to Help Out scheme delivered nearly 100,000 discounted meals across Hastings and Rye. The Government backed scheme was designed to encourage people back out to our restaurants, pubs and bars to get those businesses back on their feet after they had been forced to close as a result of the […]

Now three licensed premises are shut as another customer tests positive

Two popular Hastings’ pubs have shut their doors after customers tested positive for Coronavirus. UPDATE This evening a third bar, The Owl and Pussycat Lounge, in Robertson Street also announced that it has temporarily closed as a result of a customer having tested positive for Covid-19 Bat and Bee in Robertson Street and The Dragon […]

Travelodge Bar Cafe stays closed as Hastings’ hotel reopens for business

Even as the main hotel reopens the Travelodge Hastings Bar Cafe will stay closed in line with Covid-19 safety measures. The Hastings Travelodge, in Bohemia Road, has been closed since March when lockdown was imposed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The hotel chain, which operates 573 hotels across the UK, said it has invested in […]

Hastings’ has a place in Co-op’s plans for expansion

A prominent Hastings site is included in ambitious plans the Co-op has unveiled to open more than three stores each week until December. Parkstone Parade, just off Parkstone road and close to the Ark Alexandra Academy, has been chosen by the convenience retailer to be the site of one of its new stores. Nationally the plans […]

Bidding deadline was yesterday as analysts predict an online only future for Debenhams

The future of Debenhams may well already have been decided as reports surface today that those bidding to take on the struggling department store chain were asked to submit their bids by 5pm yesterday (September 1st). Investment bank Lazard is overseeing the department store’s sale process after Debenhams filed for administration in April. There are […]

Congratulations all round as councillors review ‘robust’ financial strategy

Self-congratulations was in the air on Tuesday night as the senior members of Hastings Borough Council (HBC) met in cabinet to review the authority’s financial strategy. Under discussion was the council’s financial performance as members reviewed the Treasury Management Report. Chief Finance Officer Peter Grace told the meeting the council’s financial strategies had worked well. […]

Teetering on the brink? Debenhams owners appoint business closure experts

Virtually every Sunday newspaper is reporting that Debenhams might soon disappear from high streets across the UK, with The Sunday Times summing the situation up in its headline: ‘Debenhams puts liquidators on standby’. Debenhams owners have appointed advisers, Hilco, who specialise in company liquidations and who have in the past wound up the business activities […]