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Guest Blog from Brighton Area Buswatch:  I joined The Big Lemon on the first of their regular Sunday walks for 2016. A Big Lemon bus leaves Old Steine at 10:30 on the first Sunday of each month and takes passengers to the start of the walk. The same bus meets us again at the end of the walk which is always a pub with an opportunity for lunch. The April walk began at Bramber Castle near Steyning with a stroll around the castle remains. We then walked through the pretty village of Upper Beeding to the South Downs Way. It...

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Today is World Happiness Day.  By complete coincidence, it's also the day we had our Staff Day, and our AGM.  Which is all very apt, as happiness runs through everything we do, from our vision to our ideals, our goals, our hopes and dreams for our staff team, the experience we give our passengers on our buses, and our community at large. During the course of the day with the team we explored a number of questions such as "Your aims for The Big Lemon", "What you most enjoy about your job", "One thing you would change" and "One thing you...

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We asked, you responded.  Over a hundred of you!   In January we launched a community bond issue with an initial target of £100,000 to enable us to buy an electric bus for use on our services in Brighton & Hove. In ten days we were halfway there and a week later we reached our initial target but the offers kept coming so we re-jigged the business plan and set our sights on a new target of £200,000 to fund two buses. In the last few days we have exceeded our new target, with a grand total of £250,ooo raised for new...

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In January we launched a fundraising campaign to raise £100,000 for an electric bus to operate on our routes in Brighton & Hove using electricity from renewable sources. Just a few weeks later we have smashed our target and thanks to local residents we are now over halfway towards our second bus! The money has been raised by selling two-year bonds of £100 each to members of the local community at an interest rate of 6% per annum.  The response from the public has been incredible and with the best savings rates at only 2% it is no wonder they're selling like hot cakes. “We are...

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Ten days into our fundraising campaign The Big Lemon is halfway to its target of £100,000 for our first electric bus - what will be the first fully electric bus in Brighton & Hove.   As reported in the Brighton & Hove Independent last week, and on Latest TV just yesterday, The Big Lemon is in the middle of a campaign to raise money to buy electric buses to help address air quality in Brighton & Hove and trial new technology to enable us to develop even greener, cleaner bus services. This will be a huge investment for us, as each...

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