Round-up of Uckfield area business news

Hallmark Engraving Etching and Signs from Piltdown launches our April business round-up with a blog about how they are settling into their new premises.

See what Jan Gratwick has to say here about some of the work they have tackled then read on to see what else has been happening in the business community.


Examples of the work done by Hallmark Engraving Etching and Signs in the past month.

New workshops so much better with central heating

March was a much better month in our new workshops after bleak January and February – mainly due to the new central heating… and to some large and interesting signs to be made, writes Jan Gratwick.Hallmark Engraving Etching and Signs

The Yellow Jersey Dibond Trays lit up the workshop with their cut out and illuminated letters and Riddlesdown’s new noticeboard 1500 x 900mm was very solid and heavy.

Have you visited this gem?

It was good to meet the chairman of Maresfield Village Meadow Trust, Michael Clifton, and discover all about the woodland walk and ponds just opposite the Recycling Depot in Queen’s Drive.

I had no idea such a gem existed and we produced a map and signs showing the walks, ponds and sights to see.

They  are having a Bluebell Macmillan Charity event on the April 22, 2-4pm, which should be a lovely afternoon with lots of delicious cakes.

New honours boards for the MCC at Lords

We usually have some honours boards around in the workshops and this month we were busy making and gold painting ones for the MCC at Lords, and for Old Wilsonians’ we applied gold leaf lettering.

In addition to the normal laminate plates for engineering companies we enjoyed etching some very smart anodised aluminium ones.

Original awards

We don’t often get requests for brass wand tops but with our past experience working with Church Furnishers and making original brass and silver awards this one was accomplished and looked beautiful when mounted on its wooden staff.

As always we had some sad memorial plates to make, some with very personal messages, the pet ones are particularly poignant to me.

Happily it was good too to do a new ‘pink’ baby nameplate to follow the two ‘blue’ ones we did previously – good to keep in touch with our customers and to balance the sad ones with the happy ones.

Note changes to national minimum and living wages

Bookkeeping and payroll firm Team 4 Solutions is making payroll clients aware of changes coming up from today, April 6, which include an increase in national minimum and national living wages.

Other changes include increases to employer pension contributions and compliance spot checks, and PAYE tax and Class 1 National Insurance contribution changes.

Read more on the Team 4 Solutions website here: Team4 2018 Payroll Update.

Team 4 fund-raising

Work colleagues Fiona McNally and Alison Perry of Team 4 Solutions chose very different challenges, when they decided to raise funds for charity. Read more here: Uckfield work colleagues complete two very different challenges.


Team 4 Solutions fund-raisers Alison Perry and Fiona McNally.

Bellbrook Estate to be included in CCTV system

Have you seen that the Bellbrook Industrial Estate is to be included in a new CCTV system for Uckfield?

A camera at the western end of the estate is to be funded by Uckfield Chamber of Commerce.

HD cameras will enable better footage to be captured than in the old system and it will be linked directly to Sussex Police at their headquarters in Lewes. Read more here: New Uckfield CCTV system will link directly with police HQ.

New Chamber president

Speaking of Uckfield Chamber of Commerce – it has a new president Chris Lawson, of Lawson Commercial. He says it’s important the town has a strong business voice. See: New Uckfield Chamber president says strong business voice is important.


New president of Uckfield Chamber of Commerce Chris Lawson.

Chris and his wife Julia celebrate 30 years in business and 40 years of marriage this year. It’s interesting to be reminded of some of the developments they have been involved in over the years. Read more in this Uckfield News feature.

Recruitment open day coming up at East Sussex National

If you are looking for work and interested in joining East Sussex National then it is worth noting that they are holding a recruitment open day on Wednesday (April 11). It will run from 3-6pm, and a list of current and future job vacancies can be found here: East Sussex National to hold recruitment open day.

Spring colour at Staverton Nursery

Spring seems to be a long time coming this year and so it is great to see glorious colour of plants at Staverton Nursery ready for the new gardening season.

There’s lots on show to make your garden comfortable during long summer evenings, from furniture, to lighting and ornaments. Read more here: Staverton Nursery is ready for a new season of gardening.


Glorious colour at Staverton Nursery.

Uckfield shopping tips

See what you will be able to find in Uckfield shops during April too in this feature: Tips for shopping in Uckfield during April. There’s everything from a stool with cycling pedals at Carvills to flip-flops at PipeDreams … and glass for your greenhouse at Superior Glass.shopper-collage-april-2018

SLM Toyota presents cheque to Children’s Respite Trust

There’s lots of fund-raising going on it town at the moment for the Children’s Respite Trust which is opening a day centre.

Among those helping out is SLM Toyota Uckfield which has presented a cheque for £1,800 toward upgrading the kitchen area. See pictures taken within the centre as SLM Toyota presents its cheque.


SLM Group director Jason Barlow, and SLM Toyota Uckfield marketing manager Mel Ball, present a cheque for £1,800 to Gavin Fisher, chief executive of the children’s Respite Trust.

Try your hand at picture framing

Uckfield Framing Company is organising a one-day beginners’ course on Saturday, April 14, from 9.30am to 4.30pm and two spaces are still available. If you are interested in taking part please phone 01825 768587, or email

There’s more information about the course here.


People from a previous Uckfield Framing Company one-day course pictured with the frames they made.

More business news:

Apprentice earns full-time role at Neva Consultants

Carpet business to open shop in Uckfield High Street

See also:

Two Uckfield shops on the market

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Police say action against anti-social youths in Uckfield is working

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