Family firm brews up new chapter in expansion plans

NatWest's Rachel Willis and Coffee Cup area manager Adam Parsons at the opening day
NatWest's Rachel Willis and Coffee Cup area manager Adam Parsons at the opening day
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OPENING a new seafront coffee shop as a permanent home is cause for celebration for a family business.

Coffee Cup was launched in April 2007, when Steve and Debbie Parsons opened their first trailer on Eastney Esplanade.

The small enterprise has since developed and now includes eight family members across four sites.

Thanks to funding from Natwest, the opening of the new shop has seen the family achieve their dream of giving the business a permanent home on the Eastney end of Portsmouth’s seafront.

Son and now area manager, Adam Parsons, said: ‘We have always operated under a licence at Eastney, taking the trailer away every evening and bringing it back every morning, but we wanted the stability of having a lease instead.’

When the opportunity arose to apply for planning permission the family jumped at the chance, and has now secured a 35-year lease.

Building work started on March 31 last year, with the family allowing a year to build owing to the nature of the area.

Adam explained that because it is near the historic Royal Marine barracks specialist contractors were needed to get services to the building, and other considerations had to be made to preserve the conservation of the area.

He said: ‘We’ve had people say it’s been the longest building project ever, but we wanted to make sure we did everything right.

‘It feels fantastic to reach this point.

‘I am really proud of what we have achieved.’

Natwest manager, Rachel Willis, said: ‘Steve, Debbie and the whole family are very passionate about their business and the plan to have a permanent site at Eastney made good business sense.’

Opening the new shop, has created 15 more jobs in the area while the coffee shop also boasts an improved menu, including light lunches.

A 200-seater decking area and children’s play area are still being developed.