AN INTERNATIONAL businesswoman says she believes her home town’s economy is on the up.
Clare Satchwell is the owner of the multimillion-pound home furnishings company The Contemporary Home, based at Sparks Marina.
She says the opening of the Il Giardino Restaurant at the Newtown Hotel, south Hayling, is a prime example of an economic renaissance for the area.
Clare said: ‘Il Giardino is great for Hayling in so many ways – new jobs for local people, a much-needed eating destination and it proves Hayling Island is leading the way locally in economic recovery.
‘One of the things that makes this special is that so many local crafts people and businesses have contributed to the end result.
‘It has been quite a year for Hayling. We even had a visit from Richard Branson.’
The design of the restaurant, which opened last week, was project-managed by Jackie Jones.
She said: ‘The new bar area has been crafted locally by Tom Bream, the flowers and décor are by Debbie Nash at Hayling Florists, signage is by Shore Signs and the curtains by Pullingers.’