February round-up of Uckfield business news

Catch up with what has been happening on the Uckfield business scene over the past month in this Uckfield News feature.

Valentine’s Day features large this month

Valentine’s Day is at the heart of much business planning this month.

Cube Self Storage, have just formed a partnership with East Sussex National Resort and Spa to offer a giveaway each month, and the two businesses are focussing on Valentine’s Day for the first treat.

Spa Day at East Sussex National

The prize is a relaxing spa day with lunch for two at East Sussex National and if you would like to stand a chance of winning all you have to do is visit the Cube Self Storage Facebook page and look for their Like, Share, Tag and Win post, where you will find more details.

Cube Self Storage manager Rod Payne said: “We are really excited to announce our partnership with East Sussex National Health Club and Spa for 2019.

“Building long-lasting business relationships and engaging with our local community are key focuses for us right now, and what better way to do that than offering people the chance to win some fantastic prizes each month, courtesy of our friends over at ESN.”


A Valentine’s Day treat – The first giveaway promotion being organised by Cube Self Storage and East Sussex National.

Heart-shaped dough balls

Pizza Express are inviting people to celebrate Valentine’s Day with them by enjoying an exclusive sharing set menu for two – which includes new Dough Ball Hearts as the starter – available for just one day.

The cost will be £29.95 for two and whether you would like to tuck into your favourite pizza, try something new or do both, you can. To round off the meal there will be a trio of sharing desserts.


Heart-shaped dough balls on the menu for Valentine’s Day at Pizza Express.

W E Clark & Son jewellers’ giveaway 

W E Clark & Son, jewellers in Uckfield, are offering a silver locket by Diamonfire UK, as the prize in a giveaway competition on their Facebook page.

All you have to do is like their page and tag the person you would like to spend Valentine’s Day with this year. The winner will be chosen at random on Wednesday, February 13.

The jewellers have paired up with Pizza Express to make the prize even better by including a voucher for free meals for two.


The silver locket being offered in a Facebook giveaway by W E Clark & Son.

Lots of support for Highlands Inn owners as they open new pub

There has been plenty of support for the Ridley family, who run two popular pubs locally, since they announced they are taking on a third.

Since refurbishment of The Highlands Inn, at Ridgewood, people have flocked in to enjoy the food, drinks and ambience.

The Ridleys were already receiving accolades at their other pub The Cock at Ringmer and so their success at both those places augurs well for their third venture, The Heathfield Tavern, in Heathfield.

Well-wishers have been enthusiastic in their praise on the Uckfield News Facebook page since we linked from there to a story about the family’s plans. “Brilliant”, “Fantastic”, and “Fabulous” were just a few of the words used to describe the news.


The Ridley family who are taking on their third pub. Seated are parents Val and Ian, and with them are Matt, Caroline, and Nick.

Home Instead offers free workshops about nutrition

It is common for people to lose interest as they get older and good nutrition advice can make all the difference, according to Home Instead, an organisation which looks after people in their own homes.

The company launched a “Stay Nourished” campaign within its own team of CAREGivers providing them with tools, nutrition guides, and useful advice to help support older clients, and now is offering the information to the local community too.

Alison Scutt, owner of Home Instead in Uckfield and Lewes said they were keen to deliver community workshops to local businesses, groups, and organisations and were encouraging people to get in touch to book a free session.

Read more, and find out how to book your free session, here: Home care company launches ‘Stay Nourished’ campaign.


Home Instead CAREGivers who are launching a ‘Stay Nourished’ campaign to change the way older people eat.

Lots of praise for Barnsgate Manor

People were quick to praise Barnsgate Manor on the Uckfield News Facebook page after we linked to a story about the way the beautiful view kept people returning to the restaurant and function venue.

Just three of the comments can be seen below. Read the Uckfield News story here: Beautiful view keeps people returning to Barnsgate Manor.

“We got married there nine years ago and have returned many times for different occasions. Highly recommend this fabulous venue,” said Helena Scott.

“We had our wedding there in July last year. Fantastic day. Such a great venue, food second to none, and the staff were brilliant,” said Gary Hazelden.

“We had my mum and dad’s 50th wedding anniversary meal there in October. It was lovely food and great staff,” said Michelle Dionne.


Darren Butcher and Keith Johnson in front of the beautiful view from Barnsgate Manor.

Lampon Lets 24/7 service helps landlords and tenants

Lampon Lets is shouting about its 24/7 approach to managed letting and the advantages it brings to both landlords and tenants.

Property owners are freed from day-to-day responsibility of liaising with tenants, registering deposits, monitoring and collecting payments, resolving maintenance issues, and generally administrating the legal complexities.

Meanwhile tenants benefit from renting through a company which adheres to a strict code of conduct. Deposits are safe, and maintenance issues are resolved in a timely manner.

Read more here: Lampon Lets shouts about its 24/7 approach to managed letting.


Uckfield-based Lampon Lets promotes its 24/7 approach to managed letting via sign boards across the area.

Plenty to look out for in Uckfield shops

Have you seen the Uckfield News feature containing shopping tips for February?

We give you an idea there of what you will find in shops in and around Uckfield this month. See: Uckfield shopping tips for February.

Businesses included are: Cole’s Menswear, Kilnwood Studio, Chapter Three, SG Home Interiors, Superior Glass, Green DIY, Hooked on Green, Carvills, PP Estates, Sew n Sew, Chestnut Tree children’s hospice, and St Wilfrid’s Hospice charity shops, PipeDreams, Final Score, Josefina, Kamsons Pharmacy, Diane Hutt Gallery, Staverton Nursery, Hartfields, and W.E. Clark & Son jewellers.


Just a few of the things you will find in Uckfield shops this month.

About 50 attend reception with business secretary

Local business leaders were invited to meet the Secretary of State for Business, Greg Clark, at a reception organised by Wealden Conservatives last week.

About 50 people attended the event at Hendal Manor Barns, at Herons Ghyll, near Uckfield, and were given an update on efforts to get Parliamentary approval for an agreement for withdrawal from the European Union.

See what Mr Clark said here: Business secretary gives Brexit update at reception near Uckfield


Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is pictured, centre, with, from the left, Uckfield Chamber of Commerce president Chris Lawson, Wealden Conservatives chairman Helen Galley, Wealden MP Nus Ghani, and Andrew Hope and Barry Tay from Bluebell Vineyard, who were a sponsor of a reception held at Herons Ghyll.

Financial health check can help with retirement planning

Cranwell Wealth Solutions who are based in Church Street, Uckfield, are encouraging people to carry out a financial health check in their 40s or 50s as part of planning for a comfortable retirement.

The business can help as it offers an initial free-of-charge consultation on financial matters, with no obligation to take further action.

Read more here: Cranwell offers free initial consultation about your pension pot.


The Cranwell Wealth Solutions premises in Church Street, Uckfield.

Uckfield Chamber of Commerce reviews 2018 activity

Uckfield Chamber of Commerce president Chris Lawson looked back, in an Uckfield News article, at all the organisation achieved in 2018. Read what he said here.

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