Various attempts to make a go of the business on the Falmer road eventually had to be abandoned. Whilst the stickability of "the team" is to be admired, it does seem strange that enterprising newcomers seem to think that the incumbent operator should be only too pleased to see their profits being eroded.
So it was that in 2012 the company won a tender to run the service 52.
To this end, The Big Lemon is a Community Interest Company.
A community interest company is a business with primarily social objectives whose surpluses are principally reinvested for that purpose in the business or in the community, rather than being driven by the need to maximise profit for shareholders and owners. CICs tackle a wide range of social and environmental issues and operate in all parts of the economy. By using business solutions to achieve public good, it is believed that CICs have a distinct and valuable role to play in helping create a strong, sustainable and socially inclusive economy.
The interest in the environment is illustrated by the back of a lemon!
But chip fat is not enough for Tom Druitt, member of The Green Party; he has decided to go further.
And here is what it is all about, at least in sketch form.