Two businesses thriving a year after moving to Uckfield are looking forward to continuing to expand in the town.
The family firms of Triple R Forklifts and SJR Hydraulic Hoses came to the Bellbrook Industrial Estate from Palehouse Common last May and the owners say the move was a good one. It gave them more space and raised their profile.
Triple R is selling and hiring out more forklifts, and the servicing and maintenance side of the business is growing across the South East.
Hydraulic Hoses has got a lot busier. It has expanded its range of brake hoses and is now making power steering hoses, and more DIY people are being attracted in, even for something small such as washers. They also stock parts, oils and lubricants.
The businesses belong to the Wadey family. Jane and Rob Wadey started Triple R more than 25 years ago and work alongside their son Simon who set up SJR Hydraulic Hoses 18 years ago.
Eleven people are employed at 28 Bell Lane, two of them recruited since the move to Uckfield, and the businesses are looking for more engineers or technicians and also for a part-time sales person to look after new and existing clients.
Triple R sells secondhand forklifts as well as new so is able to cater for all budgets and their engineers pride themselves on keeping the oldest of machines going. The oldest on their books dates back to 1952.
Rob said: “We like to find out why things go wrong. Part of our success is that we are engineers, not just fitters.”
The businesses have invested in new equipment and vehicles over the past year too, including technology which enables them to track engineers and re-route them to new jobs when out on the road.
Rob added: “We’re also known for going the extra mile. For example Simon was in here on Sunday evening making a hose for a guy whose combine was stuck in a field.”
Triple R does its own in-house training for forklift servicing and maintenance and is considering setting up a training programme for other companies.
The family is also weighing up taking on a dealership. They have already been offered one but want to consider the options to make sure they go for the right one before making a decision.
Jane said: “Coming to Uckfield was a good move. It’s nice to have other people around, and people calling in to see what we do.”