FinancePopsi’s slams Southampton scholar union for working with Domino’s

Popsi’s slams Southampton scholar union for working with Domino’s


THE OWNER of an impartial pizzeria has hit out on the College of Southampton College students’ Union for selecting to work with Domino’s.

David Fireside, proprietor of Popsi’s in Bedford Place, has slammed the college’s resolution to strike a cope with the nationwide firm for its freshers truthful.

The 38-year-old was despatched an electronic mail by the college providing him the chance to share his model on the truthful.

Nevertheless, when David accepted the provide every week later, the college stated Popsi’s was invited “by mistake.”

‘Appalled by the choice’

David stated: “Southampton College informed us they’d an exclusivity cope with Domino’s for the occasion so couldn’t produce other pizzerias there.

“I stated not solely are you selecting a large company over a Southampton enterprise, however you additionally contacted us.

Daily Echo: David Hearth, owner of Popsi’s in Bedford Place, outside the pizzeriaDavid Fireside, proprietor of Popsi’s in Bedford Place, exterior the pizzeria

“We perceive it’s enterprise however there wasn’t a necessity for it.

“A lot of individuals stated they’re very shocked by their resolution and are appalled by it.”

This comes as hovering power costs add mounting stress to companies in Southampton and past.

The present power invoice worth cap is £1,971 a yr, rising to £3,549 as of October 1.

The sharp enhance in costs compelled wholefoods retailer Rice Up within the metropolis centre to shut its doorways – and David is eager to keep away from the identical destiny.

READ MORE: Southampton impartial compelled to shut after hovering power costs

He stated: “It is actually regarding, particularly as our gasoline invoice will price £60k subsequent yr, so it has made issues very tough.

“It’s all an ideal storm so this resolution was a kick within the tooth, particularly as Popsi’s was made for college kids.

“It’s very regarding instances and we don’t wish to be kicked down.”

‘Dedicated to help impartial companies’

Southampton College College students’ Union (SUSU), which is organising the truthful, stated they’ve apologised to David for the error.

A spokesperson stated: “Like many different College students’ Unions, SUSU has partnered with Domino’s for quite a lot of years to extend the earnings out there for funding scholar actions and a part of that association is an exclusivity clause.

Daily Echo: Popsi's pizzeria in SouthamptonPopsi’s pizzeria in Southampton

“Sadly, human error meant that Popsi’s had been invited to this yr’s freshers truthful by mistake and when this got here to gentle it was instantly corrected as their attendance would have been in breach of the contract with Domino’s.

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“We’ve defined the state of affairs and apologised to Popsi’s.

“As an area charity ourselves, the College students’ Union is dedicated to discovering methods to help and work with native, impartial companies and we’re figuring out methods to do that with out breaching any present contracts.”

In response to the college’s resolution, David and different impartial enterprise homeowners have organised a free freshers truthful for all college students at The Hobbit pub on October 2.

Extra particulars on this shall be launched nearer the time.

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