Ipswich Borough Council to terminate Snobs Coffee: increases the Ipswich unemployment count
Probably the biggest hot debate topic in Ipswich right now is Ipswich Borough Council’s decision to virtually evict Snobs Coffee from the Town Hall.
At Snobs Coffee our aim is to create the highest quality espresso in the county. No fuss, no extras-just milk and beans. We are currently taking residence inside the Ipswich Town Hall and when we can, we are seen at events and festivals throughout Suffolk.
People need coffee: from students studying for exams to those people needing a hit to give them the urge and reason to go to work after a long weekend. For festivals, for daily pleasure or for no reason at all, Snobs Coffee is there to give you flavour, the hit, the joy and the passion.
Suffolk has always been a county of producers, so why look elsewhere for our ingredients? At Snobs Coffee we grind only locally roasted coffee and steam only locally farmed milk, bringing you an exceptional coffee from this side of the border. This means we can work closely with other small businesses to bring you the highest quality coffee in Suffolk.
Never leave a cup half empty. Always leave satisfied.
Snobs Coffee is the public cafe based in Gallery One at the Town Hall (up the steps; straight forward) created by an Princes Trust enterprise started by local entrepreneurs Abigail Curtis and Stephanie Larkin.
It didn’t seem that long ago since this temporary pop-up cafe was made permanent due to the sustainable success it created from pretty much an unloved little-used public space right in the heart of the town centre.
Little did Abigail and Stephanie know, that Ipswich Borough Council was using them to determine whether or not they could tender out the space for a commercial lease to make bucket-loads of money, from right under their noses.
Yes this ‘permanent’ cafe was no longer so much permanent. A rent increase of triple effectively forced them out. By no means was this some small school work experience project, the cafe is a much welcomed, loved and appreciated public space; that is a proper registered business: “Snobs Coffee LLP“.
Not only did Snobs Coffee make great use of effectively an empty space in the middle of town, they created a quirky venture without any of that personality-less clinical profiteering nonsense – a symptom of all large coffee shop chains – and even some of the smaller slowly growing chains in the UK right now.
The reality none of us wanted to be reminded of:-
To all of our wonderful costumers,
It is with deep sadness that I am writing this status but it is only fair to let you all know what is going on. As of the 14th of September Snobs Coffee will be closing its doors for the last time. We are hanging up our milk jugs, turning off our grinders and saying farewell.
Two years ago we sat around a table and decided to start our own mobile coffee business, not in our wildest dreams could we have ever imagined Snobs would grow to what it is today. Over the past year in the Town Hall I have had to good fortune to meet and work with so many inspirational and talented people, it has been an incredible experience. Ipswich, you have welcomed us into your hearts and your community and we will forever be humbled for the support.
In true Snobs style we plan to go out with a bang, so watch this space for detail.
From the bottom of my coffee cup, thank you.
Not to forget it was actually decent coffee and a nice quiet (except with performances, but thats good) relaxing environment, ironically 30-50 meters away from probably the noisiest part of town!
Of course, as soon as Snobs Coffee revealed they are shutting, this create mass-panic and upset across the town. The council responded:-
Town Hall Café-bar
Ipswich Borough Council is currently looking for a business to run a catering service in the public café within the Town Hall. It is an exciting opportunity, ideal for a small or individual business that is keen to make itself known.
The café is in an ideal location on the busy and bustling Cornhill, providing a relaxing and quiet retreat for families, workers and students alike but still retaining the advantage of being in the heart of Ipswich town centre.
A three-year lease is available and the Council is seeking rental offers through application by Sunday 11th August, with an expected start of October 2013.
If you are interested in getting your catering business fully established in the hub of Ipswich, contact email@example.com for information and an application form.
Despite 6 trading weeks left of their tenancy the council decided to remove Snobs Coffee from their website and advertise for their replacement. This hasn’t stopped or interfered with trade though as regular and new customers alike kept turning up. People are so upset and want to support an independent coffee shop it might even have become good for business – although we cannot confirm this.
The notice of the tender is fair enough – but just because Snobs Coffee have released a statement saying they wont be bidding for the new lease – the council had no right to remove them as a residency before they had even left.
This strengthens the argument that the council wanted this pop-up to permanent cafe gone.
The council has promised no coffee chains taking up the cafe… but now that Snobs Coffee has released a statement that they are going and potentially no other interested parties… the council could still compromise with a coffee chain or similar (perhaps uppercrust etc.) will take the place.
Not only will this terminate the cafe in Gallery One, Ipswich Town Hall, and the company Snobs Coffee LLP; there are job losses coming from this and probably resulting in signing on – that only means the mandatory use of Universal Jobmatch, where its close to impossible to get a job.
Ipswich Unemployed Action. Perhaps if you have a spare few minutes, just pop in to the Town Hall, perhaps buy a coffee and try and organise a petition of some sort. Alternatively, pop down the buttermarket and do a sitting protest on both Costa Coffee and Starbucks (only joking…. )