Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

EcoStream beats boycotters

    Anti-Israel activists outside the EcoStream shop in Brighton. Business is booming despite the protests (Photo: Sandy Rashty)
    Anti-Israel activists outside the EcoStream shop in Brighton. Business is booming despite the protests (Photo: Sandy Rashty)

    An Israeli-owned shop in Brighton has reported growth in its business of 40 per cent despite being targeted by boycott activists.

    EcoStream, which sells SodaStream recyclable bottles made in the West Bank settlement of Mishor Adumim, is picketed every Saturday afternoon by anti-Israel activists.

    But despite the protesters’ efforts, the shop has seen an increase in sales, expanded its product-line and this week launched its website.

    EcoStream manager Steve Bannatyne said: “A few of weeks ago, we saw a 38 per cent increase in trade. And it’s stayed steady from there on.”

    The shop was established in August 2012. It sells bottles and containers which customers can refill with locally-sourced goods which it also stocks.

    “People are warming up to the concept — 60 per cent of our business is repeat trade,” Mr Bannatyne said.

    Roman Fox, a member of Sussex Friends of Israel (SFI), which mounts pro-Israel counter-protests outside the store, said: “The intimidating anti-Israel demonstrators put people off going into the shop. This new website will absolutely boost trade”.

    A woman was due to appear at Brighton Magistrates Court on Thursday charged with racially or religiously aggravated intentional harassment, alarm or distress following an incident during a protest outside EcoStream.

News Features

IDF veterans backed in their new battles

Sandy Rashty

Friday, April 14, 2017

IDF veterans backed in their new battles
Columnists

Where will good intentions lead?

Sandy Rashty

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Where will good intentions lead?
Israel

Helping those the system fails

Sandy Rashty

Friday, February 17, 2017

Helping those the system fails
Uk News

Dublin to fly Palestinian flag

Ben Weich

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Dublin to fly Palestinian flag
Uk News

Strictly Orthodox Ukip candidate 'should not run for office'

Marcus Dysch

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Strictly Orthodox Ukip candidate 'should not run for office'
Community extra

Grammy nominee plays for Yad Vashem

Sandy Rashty

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Grammy nominee plays for Yad Vashem
Uk News

Livingstone decision shameful, says Tom Watson

Lee Harpin and Marcus Dysch

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Livingstone decision shameful, says Tom Watson
World

Sanctions welcomed by Putin challenger

Sandy Rashty

Friday, February 24, 2017

Sanctions welcomed by Putin challenger
Uk News

Government drops pledge to aid 3,000 child refugees

Rosa Doherty

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Government drops pledge to aid 3,000 child refugees