John Lewis move to Uckfield area ‘a major coup’

January 2016 Uckfield Business Scene

by Paul Watson

Twelve months ago I said the development of the Ashdown Business Park was of great significance for business in the Uckfield area.

It’s taken time but now we know the John Lewis Partnership is the first to confirm it will be moving on to the site, just off the Maresfield by-pass.

As work progressed on infrastructure, the name of John Lewis was frequently “in the air” with confirmation coming from Chris Lawson at Lawson Commercial just before Christmas.

Persuading John Lewis to come is a major coup. It is a prestige name in British business and its presence is likely to encourage other businesses to move on to the site.

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Barby Dashwod-Morris, chairman of Wealden District Council

The chairman of Wealden District Council, Barby Dashwood-Morris, welcomed the development in her Christmas message saying:

“It is exciting, at the end of the year, to be welcoming a major distribution hub to the Ashdown Business Park in Maresfield with the promise of 60 new jobs.”

She also pointed to a business park development not too far south of Uckfield and struck an optimistic note when writing:

“With further growth planned for the Swallow Business Park at Lower Dicker, I am sure that many more businesses will want to follow suit and base themselves in Wealden”

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Lyndsey Case and Jon Gibb of Trifast with awards won for best practice in investor relations.

Lyndsey Case and Jon Gibb of Trifast with awards won for best practice in investor relations.

Worldwide company Trifast, better known in Uckfield through its trading arm TR Fastenings, has won two awards for best practice in investor relations.

Trifast executive chairman Malcolm Diamond said: “At TR we operate an ‘open door’ policy and we actively encourage dialogue with all investors to ensure we are delivering the right level and high standards of communicaions.” More details here

Freedom Leisure hits the gold standard

Freedom Leisure aquatic business manager Alyson Zell is pictured, right, with with a Gold Standard award. With her is Vanessa Bale from Malvern Splash.

Freedom Leisure aquatic business manager Alyson Zell is pictured, right, with with a Gold Standard award. With her is Vanessa Bale from Malvern Splash.

Freedom Leisure which operates Uckfield Leisure Centre has been awarded Gold Standard at the 2015 UK Pool and Spa Awards.

The award recognises recent business growth and an excellent range of water-based activities provided by the not-for-profit organisation.

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