Uckfield chartered surveyors Oldfield Smith and Co have welcomed an apprentice to their team.
Jack Hopper has joined directors Bernard Smith and Richard Oldfield and is undertaking administrative work at the moment but looking forward to starting a building surveying course.
Oldfield Smith is an accredited Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors training practice and so is able to support Jack in his training.
The company will soon be celebrating its third year in town Mr Smith said it had grown exponentially since opening offices at Suite 3, Quarry House, in Mill Lane. It will be actively recruiting more professional staff shortly.
He added: “When you start any new business you wonder if the phone is going to ring. It did ring and is still ringing three years later. We have at least doubled where we wanted to be in our business plan and that rate of growth is continuing.”
While the business is Uckfield-based it works outwards to Eastbourne, Tunbridge Wells, London, Birmingham and beyond.
“We have had quite a lot of success in the West Midlands and we are working on projects from Manchester to Winchester, the Isle of Sheppey and Stourport.
“”We have also brought in some very big clients. For example we do survey work for the Subway sandwich business, going all over the place for them.”
In Uckfield the demand for commercial property was very good across the board, he said. That applied equally to retail, industrial and office.
“Wealden is an entrepreneurial area. If you look at all the big companies, most of them started out in garages or little units and have grown organically.
“What we saw during the recession was people battening down the hatches. The ideas were still there but nervousness was preventing people from progressing.
“Now things are looking more rosy and the entrepreneurs are coming back on the scene. The problem is there is a shortage of smaller starter units for people to come into.”
Mr Smith said there were plans to include commercial property in the development of Ridgewood Farm and that should help the situation.
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