Business Scene, February 2014

Enterprise and innovation look set to be the hallmarks of 2014 in the Uckfield Business Scene if the first month of the year is anything to go by.

Take a look at some of the highlights.

Design and Display Structures

Uckfield –based Design and Display Structures continues to be involved in eye-catching prestige projects across the world.

We have previously reported on their work at the new BBC HQ in London and for the off-shore drilling industry.D&D 2

Now it has beaten off international competition to deliver a complex design from renowned architects Zaha Habib for new exhibition/gallery space in London.

Picture (right). Read more here

Jobcentre Plus

Information about work and training opportunities are to be offered by Jobcentre Plus through an outreach service in Uckfield.jobcentre plus logo for uckfield news

Adviser Dermot Clarke will be based at Uckfield Volunteer Centre on the last Thursday of every month from 1-4pm.

Read more here

Dixon Vince

There’s plenty of demand from homebuyers in Uckfield but not enough people are putting their properties on the market. That’s the view of agents Dixon Vince.

Get the full story here

Save A Life Training

Businesses in the Uckfield area can get specific first aid training for staff at a one-day course next a life training logo

It is being run by Save A Life Training which will also hold a family first aid course towards the end of February.

Get all the information here

 On the tracks

A draft report on the re-opening of the Uckfield to Lewes rail line has gone to the government. Early spring is the likely date for Network Rail to forward the final version to the Department of Transport. More here

More capacity with improved reliability and speedier services are being sought for the Uckfield Line by a committee which represents towns and parishes along the route. It  also wants to ensure the service still goes to London Bridge.

The “wish list” has gone to all the companies bidding to take over the franchise for rail services in this area.

Read more here

 News in brief

*Rebecca Weddell, lampwork glass beads maker from East Hoathly has streamlined her website for 2014. You can take a look here

She is also to be married later this year. Congratulations from the team at

*Ridgewood Industrial Park, off New Road, has been sold for £4.75million, Savills has reported on its website.

*On the Bellbrook Business Park, a planning application has been made for a new gym while an exercise studio on the estate has been given the green light.

*The Escalate 0% loan fund for West Kent and East Sussex (Wealden, Rother and Hastings) was launched at the end of last year and is being widely promoted. A total of £5.5 million has been secured from the Regional Growth Fund (RGF) to support start-ups or expanding businesses.  This fund needs to be allocated to businesses by the end of March 2015.

Interest-free loans of £10,000 to £1 million are available to help firms grown their businesses and create jobs.

This is a regional fund and more information can be found here (external link)

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