Following a re-evaluation of the marketplace in 2016, Paul Noble & Debbie Grant, owners of Battle based restaurant Nobles Restaurant, decided to ditch their roots in fine dining and establish the popular steak, burger and grill Cut & Grill. Following an extremely successful start to 2017,they saw a significant growth in turnover of 35% in just a matter of months following the grill’s launch in August 2016.

Naturally, their thoughts turned to expansion, and following extensive market research and customer feedback, they decided there was a gap in the market for a quality take-away burger hut on the popular Hastings Pier. It was then that Cut in the Hut was born, serving locals and holidaymakers alike with tasty ‘on the go’ food at competitive prices.

When Debbie needed to finance the Cut in the Hut business venture, she turned to the business experts at Business East Sussex, having met the team previously several times at networking events in the Sussex area. As well as assisting with access to finance, Debbie believes it was the invaluable support of Business East Sussex’s Fred Thomas and Chris Smith that allowed her to apply for the grant and bring her idea of the burger hut to life.

She said: “Without the support of the team at Business East Sussex I would have struggled to get the paperwork together in time to apply for the grant we received. They were undoubtedly instrumental in us being able to access the funds to make the expansion happen.”

Cut in the Hut is now open for business following a soft launch while Debbie finalises her all-important branding and marketing. Once the business has access to the grant, Debbie believes it will help significantly with cash flow and building on the reputation of Cut in the Hut.

She continued: “It’s difficult to predict footfall and engagement in any new business, so the support I’ve had from Business East Sussex with getting our latest venture off the ground is invaluable.”

Ian Smallwood, Head of Business Services at Business East Sussex said: “Cut & Grill has been a great success for Paul, Debbie and their team. We were thrilled to be approached to assist Debbie with bringing Cut in the Hut to the people of Hastings, and we will continue to be on hand to offer business advice and support to both Debbie & Paul and others in the East Sussex region wanting to grow their enterprise.”

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