Relief about withdrawal of Tesco/Timpson planning application
Best news so far this month in the Uckfield business world?
Definitely withdrawal of a planning application to provide a shoe repair and dry cleaning kiosk on the Tesco site, writes Cathy Watson.
There was uproar in support of independent business owners who feared for their livelihoods if permission was given for the kiosk.
Uckfield Town Council opposed the plan at their meeting last week and Uckfield News reported on Tuesday that the plan had been withdrawn.
A Tesco spokesperson told Uckfield News yesterday: “After listening to local feedback on the planning application, we have decided not to continue with our plans.”
Glen Dixon owner of Bell Walk Dry Cleaners said on the Uckfield News Facebook page: “A very big thank you to everyone who has supported their local businesses.”
Other comments include: “Yippee. Best news I have heard for ages.” and “Brilliant news! Common sense has prevailed.”
But Cody Rabbett asked where people were when supermarkets started selling flowers, fruit and vegetables, and bread, and hit the businesses of independent florists, greengrocers and bakers.
Team4 Solutions event especially for business owners
Uckfield bookkeepers Team4 Solutions are organising an event which is open to any business owner who employs a team of staff.
The free payroll and HR event is called Keeping Payroll Painless and will be held on Tuesday, June 25, at Uckfield Civic Centre from 10am to 1pm. Lunch is included.
There will be a talk from David Wandless from Sage, about a new secure document storage portal where employees can log into their own individual account and access payslips, and other documents, securely 24/7.
And experienced HR consultant Tracy Humphrey will discuss common HR challenges for small businesses and tips for navigating them.
Fiona McNally and Sarah D’Alessio of the Team4 Payroll Bureau team say: “Your staff really are your most valuable asset no matter how big or small your business.
“Staff frustrations about access to payslips, or holiday information, can lead to multiplying admin which drains your time for sales and company growth. You need systems that are simple, secure and compliant, for you and your staff.”
Praise heaped on owners of Ridgewood Post Office
There has been lots of praise this week for the owners of Ridgewood Post Office and Stores who have put their business on the market as they start planning for retirement.
Jon and Sue Gothard have lived and worked there for 33 years and brought up their family at the same time. Read more in an Uckfield News story here: Ridgewood Post Office is on the market.
Comments on the Uckfield News Facebook page include:
Dawn Gregory: “I love this place. A true village shop with excellent service and post office. I have been coming in for 25 years. Good luck you deserve a lovely retirement.”
Sheree Wall: “Well done to them for their amazing work. I hope it stays similar, not another chain, Tesco Express, or something, please.”
Keith Balcombe: “A well-earned retirement for two of the nicest people I ever worked for, hope you both have a long and happy retirement.”
Sue and Jon say they will be around for a while yet because they still have to sell the business but they are grateful for the lovely comments.
What’s new in Uckfield shops
Check out the Uckfield News shopping feature to find out what is new in Uckfield stores this month.
Stock to browse includes pre-owned bikes at Chestnut Tree children’s hospice charity shop, tennis rackets and garden games at Final Score, new fragrance at Carvills, phone charging solar panels at Hooked on Green and new cleaning products at Something for Everyone.
Fiona Cross – new tax partner with Simmons Gainsford Group
Fiona Cross is a new tax partner at the Simmons Gainsford Group and will raise with the accountancy firm’s Uckfield office on corporation tax matters.
Read more: New tax partner at Simmons Gainsford
Fun project for Uckfield Framing Company
Uckfield Framing Company is known for building funhouse mirrors which cause hilarity as they distort your legs and faces as you look into them and their latest project has been to build a set for an exhibition at the Turner Contemporary Gallery in Margate.
Read more here: Uckfield Framing Company mirrors add to fun of exhibition.
Check out the new Barnsgate Manor website
Read more about plans for the future of Barnsgate now that Gary Mitchell, well known in the hospitality industry in Uckfield, has returned. He worked at Barnsgate for 14 years until 2010 and is enjoying being back.
Meet Sam who has joined SLM Toyota Uckfield
Sam Lane has joined SLM Toyota Uckfield as a sales executive with ten years experience in the motor industry.
Read about his career path here: Sam Lane is new sales executive at SLM Toyota Uckfield.