Apprenticeship numbers continue to grow

May 2015 Business Scene

TR Fastenings, the Uckfield-based global manufacturer and distributor of industrial fastenings and associated components, is one of  260 businesses across East Sussex that has pledged to take on an apprentice.

The company has joined a five-month You’re Hired campaign which aims to get 500 businesses across the five districts and boroughs of the county to hire an apprentice.

East Sussex County Council has teamed up with district and borough council, business groups, colleges and training centres, the National Apprenticeship Service and Apprenticeships in Sussex for the initiative.


Malcolm Diamond_Executive Chairman of Trifast plc

Helen Toole, TR Fastening’s HR manager, said: “It is a really exciting initiative to be able to bring young local people into the business through structured training programmes, not only giving them experience of the business world but also providing them with a nationally recognised qualification.

“We hope that all our apprentices go on to have successful and fulfilling careers with the company.”

Becky Shaw, East Sussex County Council’s chief executive, said: “Employers are already recognising the benefits of hiring an apprentice and we hope many more will join our campaign.”

It has all been happening at TR Fastenings. The Uckfield operation has hosted a visit by the chairman of the China Fastener Industry Association. Report here

The company and staff play important roles in supporting charity and other “good causes”.

TR is backing a team of cyclists on a 150-mile cycle challenge in Devon and sponsored Uckfield-based champion shooter, Mick Kirby.

Uckfield Framing Company

It is always a delight for this column to pass on our congratulations to members of our Uckfield Directory who are celebrating an anniversary.

This time it is Uckfield Framing Company marking ten years on the Bellbrook Business Park.

Congratulations to Tim and the team.

Team 4 Solutions

We also share with you the success of Uckfield bookkeepers and payroll experts Team 4 Solutions which continues to grow with clients from outside East Sussex. Report here

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Advice for budding business people

Thinking of starting your own business? If you live in Wealden there are workshops which can help turn your idea in a reality.

The next workshop is in Crowborough on May 5. There are further workshops later in the year, including one in Uckfield in September.

More details here

County eyes major savings

Plans to share resources with the aim of improving services and saving two county councils millions of pounds every year have become a reality.

East Sussex and Surrey have officially launched their partnership – called orbis – covering services that include human resources, property, procurement, finance and information technology.

It is hoped the move, which is expected to save up to £8 million annually within four years, will pave the way for other public services to join in the future.

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