Is enough being done to help small businesses? Norfolk restaurant owner blasts lack of support

PUBLISHED: 10:08 15 August 2012

Christopher Cappuccio at the Rembrandt fish & chip restaurant in Easton.
Photo: Bill Smith

Christopher Cappuccio at the Rembrandt fish & chip restaurant in Easton. Photo: Bill Smith


A restaurant owner is considering putting his business up for sale after claiming the government does not do enough to help small business owners.

Christopher Cappuccio has run the Rembrandt restaurant in Dereham Road, Easton, with his partner, Lucy Benna, for seven years.

Mr Cappuccio, known as Skip, said he is considering putting his home and restaurant on the market because small business owners are not being given enough help from the government.

He said the final straw came when he received a letter from Breckland Council telling him to take a his advertising sign down, which was on private property close to the A47 at Hockering. Despite checking the rules and regulations of signage with South Norfolk District Council, he did not realise the area where he erected the sign was part of Breckland council’s area.

“Breckland said it is not their policy and that somebody has called them and complained but the more money I make, the more tax I pay.”

Mr Cappuccio, 45, served for 14 years in the RAF where he worked as an electrician. His father, who moved from Italy to the UK, used to own the Super Fry chip shop on Magdalen Street.

The Rembrandt has been a fish and chip shop for the past 17 years.

Before Mr Cappuccio and Ms Benna took over, it was owned by Ms Benna’s father.

“It’s not worth carrying on at the moment. I just don’t know what to do any more.

“I hope I have served the community during my time here.

“Three members of the same family work for us.

“I am passionate about what I do but right now I am so angry.

“Breckland District council didn’t offer us any advice, the letter just said we had to take the sign down.”

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