Over the last few years we have experienced continual increases in overheads particularly from Southampton City Council who continue to increase our Business Rates (£37,000.00 ) and whom have added on new charges (£1555.00 Late Night Levy) and our landlords who refuse to lower the ground rent despite the downturn in trade due to economic factors particularly amongst the student community and it has left us in a very difficult position financially.
The costs of running a Behemoth like the Hobbit are crippling. No matter how hard we try there is always something that needs repairing or replacing. Like another Southampton pub we have urgent repairs that need attention, particularly flooring and rain proofing issues.
The Hobbit has been a big part of the city’s music scene for over 25 years and is an established live music venue. Hosting events as diverse as our annual Environmental Rock Festival, Reggae Beach Parties, Metal Nights to Folk and Ska event. This year we have planned our first Live Wrestling.
We have been battling Southampton City Council and our Landlords for a reduction in overheads for months but as yet we have no answer.
So now to be honest we need your help to keep us going.
Ideally, we would like you all to pop in and have a drink, but if any of you can spare even a £1 we would be very very grateful.
I apologise in advance if this offends any of you but I am trying to secure the future of the Hobbit and its loyal staff and customers.
So please pop in for a cheeky Hobbit Cocktail.
Thank you all xx
- Nemanja Stošić
- Lucy Beaumont
- Jessica Magee
- Michael Matthias
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