Chris Lawson, new president of Uckfield Chamber of Commerce.

New Uckfield Chamber president says strong business voice is important

A strong business voice continues to be important if Uckfield is to further prosper and grow, says the new president of the town’s Chamber of Commerce, Chris Lawson.

Mr Lawson would like to see the organisation focus on two areas in particular, applying pressure to get more flexible planning policies, and continuing support for the High Street.

Mr Lawson, a partner in commercial estate agents, Lawson Commercial, said restricted planning policies were curtailing not only residential, but also commercial development. “The Chamber needs to work hard to persuade those setting policies that they need to adopt a more flexible attitude.”

Major impact

He said support for the High Street was important because the march of online retailing continues to have a major impact throughout the UK.

Mr Lawson and his wife Julia are this year celebrating 30 years in business – and 40 years of marriage too.

Chris said in the 1990s when Lawson Commercial was launched times were very different for businesses with the big recession in progress and it was before the days of the internet and emails.

Bustling group

He said the Chamber today is a lively bustling group of just under 200 members and extremely active in the community.

“Uckfield businesses in the 21st century have different pressures to those back in the 1990s, however a strong business voice continues to be very important if Uckfield is to further prosper and grow,” said Mr Lawson.

This is the fourth time he has been elected president of Uckfield Chamber of Commerce. He was previously president in the years 1991, 1994, and 1996.


Julia and Chris Lawson pictured in 1991, at a Chamber dinner. This was the first year he was Chamber president. He was also elected to the post in 1994, 1996 and has just been elected again.

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