August 2015 Business Scene
Development in the Uckfield area has been pretty much in the deep freeze since the imposition of the 7km rule to protect the Ashdown Forest.
A thaw began with the grant of outline planning permission for 1,000 homes at Ridgewood Farm. Part of the agreement is to establish a “country park” which allows the homes to be built, writes Paul Watson.
It is bigger than needed for the 1,000 homes so should free up more development opportunities.
The Court of Appeal has torpeoded the 7km rule, which may see more small-scale developments allowed.
Since then, then Wealden has come back with a 15km area around the Forest where development will be scrutinised to prevent habitat harm.
First tests of the changed landscape will come with how planning applications are determined.
Wealden District Council ‘buys local’
Statistics show that Wealden District is “buying local” when it comes to goods and services. More than half its spending in the last financial year was with small or medium sized companies. Read more here
Low rate of unemployment
East Sussex County Council says the number of people in the county claiming job seekers allowance has dropped to its lowest since records began in 1983. Figures show the number of claimants has fallen by 27 per cent in one year and now stands at 4,283. This equates to 1.4 per cent of working age people in East Sussex. Read more here
SLM Toyota celebrates anniversary
Help with workplace pensions
Horlock Holdcroft has set up Automatic Enrolment Solutions to help employers handle the demands of workplace pensions. It will enable small and medium sized enterprises hand over responsibility for setting up and managing a pension scheme, allowing them to manage their business. More here
Another TripAdvisor success for Buxted Inn
Delight at the Buxted Inn as it celebrates gaining a third Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor. Staff are pictured outisde for a special photocall with UckfieldNews.com to mark the occasion. More on the Inn’s success here
Double celebration for Neva Consultants
Small loans available for businesses
A new loan scheme has been launched to help small businesses, including those in Uckfield, that want to expand but have difficulty accessing bank loans.
The Small Business Loan Scheme is open to companies employing ten people or less who would like to borrow between £5,000 and £15,000. The typical interest rate will be in the region of 13-14%.
Read more here
New team at The Picture House Restaurant
CV workshops offered in Uckfield
Uckfield CV writer Sue Edwards is organising workshops for people who would like to write their own CVs but need a helping hand.Workshops are either one hour on a one-to-one basis, or two people for two hours, Sue aims to give you all the tools you need to build your own CV and make your job search a success. More here
Charity cricket and family stoolball challenge
All are welcome at a charity cricket match and family stoolball challenge being organised by Parker Building Supplies at Maresfield on Sunday, August 2. It will be held at the cricket club starting at 12.30pm. There will be a barbecue and raffle and all proceeds will go to the Teenage Cancer Trust. Read more here
Uckfield Lunch Club
Uckfield business people are invited to a lunchtime networking session which takes place in town on the last Friday of each month.
It provides an opportunity to network with other Uckfield business people over a two-course lunch in an informal setting, and to present your business and any offers you may wish to promote.
To find out more about the lunch club please contact Paula Geear at Dawson Hart by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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