Uckfield Framing Company has new owners and it was Uckfield News that brought buyers and seller together.
Tim Benians, who is preparing for retirement, started marketing the business in January with another push after lockdown in July and now he is slowly handing over the reins to Mark and Mandy Evans.
Tim attributes the success of the sale to Uckfield News, which carried stories about his search for a successor, and Mark seconds that view.
Mark spotted the Uckfield News stories and, while still having other business to attend to in January, found the timing in July ideal.
He added: “And here we are, a mere four months later, and the deal is done. So, many thanks for what you do. It wouldn’t have happened without your articles.”
The company – which creates bespoke frames, display cases, and fun-house distorting mirrors for clients including galleries, hotels, artists, and photographers – is continuing to work through lockdown and framing as usual. As a manufacturer, rather than retailer, the business is not required to close.
Tim said they are continuing to receive visitors while safely socially distanced at the front door, for work coming and going, as they have done since April.
He added: “So please come and meet Mark and Mandy to discuss your framing needs, which we will try to meet within the usual short timescale. It’s very much business as usual, and we’re all looking forward to seeing you again very soon.”
Mark and Mandy Evans live in Buxted and while both have lived away from the area they have Sussex roots and were drawn home again.
They are active members of King’s Church, in Uckfield, and in normal times Mandy heads up a team running a Monday morning community drop-in ‘Open Door’ session at Uckfield Civic Centre.
Two hours of company, fun and refreshments are offered for anyone interested in going along.
Mark’s background is working on national infrastructure projects so the framing business is a new departure for him but he says Tim is a good teacher, and he himself is very practical and a quick learner.
Mandy has mostly worked in business support roles, but has also fostered children with additional needs, and supported childen in school, so is well-equipped to take on activities which require administrative skills, or a sensitive, supportive approach.
Mark added: “We are both looking forward to learning all that Tim can teach us. We have a longer-term vision for growing the business, but for now it is very much business-as-usual while we slot in.”