September 2016 Business Scene
The business community in the Uckfield area is great when it comes to supporting good causes and charities.
Their valuable support can be via raising money, helping to arrange events or staff rolling up their sleeves and doing vital jobs, writes Paul Watson.
Such charitable enterprises are good for staff morale – something of a team building exercise – and help raise the profile of the business in the wider community.
Here are six examples from the pages of UckfieldNews.com in the last month.
Five employees from TR Fastenings in Uckfield, East Sussex, have completed the Three Peaks Challenge and raised more than £4,000 for Cancer Research UK – double their original target.
The ‘TRekkers’, who work in the sales and purchasing departments at the company’s headquarters in Uckfield, scaled Snowden in Wales, Scafell Pike in England and Ben Nevis in Scotland in 31 hours. They said the experience was extremely tough but rewarding. More
The Brickmakers Arms
The owner of the Buxted Inn treated members of a dementia group to a seaside outing.
Jason Bailey funded the trip for 38 people and arranged for the first stop to be at the Langham Hotel at Eastbourne where afternoon tea was laid on for elevenses to set them up for the rest of the day.
Ashdown Business Park grows
A second site on the Ashdown Business Park at Maresfield has been sold.
Site eight has been bought by the Jemtech Pension Fund which is to build a new headquarters building.
Jemtech is an Uckfield company specialising in supplying metal working fluids to precision engineering businesses in the aerospace, Formula 1 and medical industries.
The sale has been handled by Lawson Commercial and company partner Chris Lawson said: “We are delighted that a local company is doing so well and has the confidence to expand to join John Lewis at this new and exciting business park.”
John Lewis is currently building a distribution centre on the Ashdown Business Park which should be ready for occupation by this month.
Design and Display Structures
Uckfield-based has been commissioned to provide solar shading, featuring a mathematical pattern, to a three-storey atrium at the University of Bristol Fry Building.
It will be manufactured from GRP in modular cell components then shipped and assembled on site in spring 2017.
Uckfield Anderida/CJ Thorne
The final coaching session of the season for Uckfield Anderida Cricket Club juniors has taken place.
Kit for the Anderida juniors is sponsored by Uckfield-based specialist civil engineering contractor C J Thorne. The club said it was greatful to the business for its “outstanding support”. See more here
Excellent business 1 – Dawson Hart
Dawson Hart business development director Laura Manton said: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the Excellence in Client Care Service category.
“The awards have had a record number of entries this year which makes being shortlisted even more rewarding.”
The firm, which has offices in Church Street and High Street, Uckfield, has a number of client service initiatives, including extended opening hours, a client loyalty card and Saturday morning opening, all to reach a common goal as set out in its mission statement, which is to “shine” as a firm and provide exceptional client service every time.
Excellent business 2 – The Picture House
Friendly and caring staff are needed to join a company providing non-medical and companionship services to help older people stay in their own homes.
Home Instead Senior Care is based at Ringmer and works in the Uckfield and Lewes areas.
It is looking to recruit 50 staff as it provides day-to-day housework, shopping, meal preparation, and, once a relationship has been established and trust built up, assistance with dressing, bathing, eating and medications can be offered. Visits vary from one hour to 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Find out more
New business – Kilnwood Studio
Baby hand and footprints, animal paw prints, fine painting and bold colours – anything goes when it comes to personalising your own choice of pottery thanks to a new business in Uckfield.
Kilnwood Studio, at 105 High Street, welcomes all ages and there’s no need to have artistic ability to enjoy creating your own pieces, according to owners Lisa Todhunter and Teresa Smith.
Cranwell Wealth Solutions
Cranwell Wealth Solutions has moved into new offices off Uckfield High Street.
Director Stephen Palmer took over the premises at 21 Church Street, previously occupied by Hazelgrove Opticians, and is pleased that the wealth management firm is now more easily accessible to the public.
Oldfield Smith & Co