Ignite has been looking after the PR of Eastbourne Pier since entrepreneur Sheikh Abid Gulzar bought it in 2015. They've certainly been interesting times. Mr G, as he is affectionately known, took over the iconic site after a serious fire in 2014. And in his own unique way, he has worked hard and creatively to make the pier quite literally stand out from the rest.
Four years on, the pier is much loved across Eastbourne, looking resplendent with its gold domes. Peter Lindsey said: "It is a pleasure to work with such a great character as Mr G. He is an excellent businessman too, and together we have worked to ensure the town loves the pier and Mr G. And most do. The pier is more popular than it has ever been."
Mr Gulzar said: "My team meet once a week with Peter and we plan our PR months in advance. Awareness of what we are doing is important but Peter knows so many contacts through his networking and past work. That is crucial. He also organises events for us where we honour people in the community who do so much good. Eastbourne Pier is regularly featured in the national press, Radio 2 and other high profile media. This is good for me, for the pier and good for Eastbourne."
Ignite on behalf of Mr Gulzar recently organised a special complimentary Afternoon Tea to celebrate National Volunteers Week. Mr Gulzar hosted the free event for more than 150 guests to celebrate the amazing work volunteers do in our communities. Among those present were representatives from Hastings and Rother YMCA, the Respond Academy based at Silchester Mews, Silchester Rd, St Leonards, and the Association of Carers, which has its base at Jackson Hall, Portland Place, Hastings.
Volunteers’ Week is an annual event which takes place at the start of June. It celebrates the contribution made by millions of volunteers across the UK.