Pride Moves Swiftly to Appoint New Bars Contractor and Announces Plans for 2010

Following the termination of the contract with Aeon Events Limited to supply the bars at Preston Park during Pride’s Summer Festival, Pride in Brighton & Hove has appointed 19Events Ltd, a local LGBT company.

The parting of the ways with Aeon Events came after months of protracted discussions during which Pride sought to accommodate a range of issues raised by the contractor.

“We are really disappointed not to be able to continue working with Aeon Events. The company and its principle Paul Kemp have been outstanding supporters of Pride over the years.”

“Pride endeavoured to address all of Aeon’s concerns and even awarded the company a year’s extension to their existing contract as a gesture of goodwill and faith in them as a valued contractor, however they continued to withhold the contracted payments to Pride, the first of which was due in March.” said Robert Clothier, Chair of Pride.

“This was a clear breach of their contract terms. The contract fee received for the bars franchise is just one of the ways that we pay for the event and Aeon’s non-payment could have jeopardized the 2010 event.”

Aeon Events Ltd were given a final deadline to make the payments or risk losing their contract. They failed to meet the 11th May deadline and Pride terminated the contract with them and has subsequently sought alternative arrangements.

“We have had a number of companies seeking to become Pride’s bars contractor and we are pleased to have been able to conclude an agreement with 19 Events Ltd. With this major issue satisfactorily resolved and our sponsorship figure already higher than last year’s record amount of £109,000, Pride and (No) Prejudice promises to be a great success on all fronts,” said Robert Clothier.

Sponsors already confirmed for the 2010 event are:

* Barclays Bank, who are sponsoring the Community Village and enabling Pride to support other local LGBT voluntary sector groups by offering free stalls at Preston Park.
* The Co-operative, who have confirmed a three year contract to partner Pride’s volunteer scheme.
* Metro Bus, which will be running the Pride shuttle service to the park on Saturday 7th August.
* Ford Motor Company, who will be bringing the annual Ford Pride football tournament again.
* VisitBrighton, who are sponsoring Pride’s membership scheme.
* Unite the Union.
* Brighton Marina who will, once again, will be entertaining the crowds at Preston Park with their unique take on the Pride and (No) Prejudice theme.
* Crush, who will be sponsoring the Main Dance and Cabaret Tents.

In addition, to these sponsors there are many others close to confirming their support of Pride in Brighton & Hove.

Pride Parade

The entrants to the parade have been coming in thick and fast. The police have set an upper limit of 55 floats or walking tableaux for the parade and if community groups, companies and statutory bodies don’t want to miss out they need to book their slots by close of play on Friday, 28th June.

Plans for Preston Park, Saturday 7th August

Pride is thrilled to announce that Fisher Productions have created a new and exciting layout for the park event, including zoning areas to allow for a better focus on both the community aspect and the celebratory nature of the event.

The celebration of LGBT lives will continue as in previous years with the big top, dance and cabaret tents and the fun fair, alongside the familiar Bears, Calabash, women’s and members’ areas.

With the community at the heart of the park, the 2010 event is working hard to ensure that all aspects of Brighton and Hove LGBT lives are represented including youth, family and multi faith groups.

Pride continues to work very closely with our established partners; Brighton & Hove County Council, Sussex Police, Select Security, and St John Ambulance as well as all the key, supportive statutory bodies.


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