November round-up of the Uckfield business news

Business  Scene – November 2014

Roadworks has been the word on the tip of most people’s tongues in Uckfield during the past month.

Ripples of disquiet and inconvenience have spread through the town affecting shops and the Bellbrook Business Park.

Workers from the estate have been “in thick of it” as they try to get home.

Traffic on the Bellbrook itself has ground to a halt in the evenings as the log-jam on the A22 by-pass stretches back into Bell Farm Road.

Parker Building Supplies is helping customers beat the evening rush-hour queues by opening earlier; enabling tradespeople to stock up on their way to a job, rather than in the evening on the way home.parker-building-supplies-oct-2014

Parker’s now opens at 7am, Monday to Friday.

The move has proved a hit.

Jamie Pierce, marketing manager for the company said: “Opening 30 minutes earlier may not sound a lot but it makes a huge difference to our customers because they can get in and out of the branch with their supplies before many people are out on the roads, saving precious time.

“We will continue with these hours until further notice as the change is proving popular and we are seeing the benefit in doing so.”

Premium CVs

Uckfield CV expert Sue Edwards is improving her website and extending the range of material available to jobseekers. Her site, Premium CVs, already contains helpful information for those seeking work or looking to change their job.sue_edwards website

Now she is looking to extend the range of resources available to include training courses and career mentors in Sussex.

If you are interested, visit her website or ring 01825 761890.


Swindells Financial Planning is running regular events to provide useful, thought provoking and topical content designed to help people make informed decisions regarding their financial future in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

After the main presentations, all of speakers will be on hand to speak with delegates in person should they have any questions or if they would like to discuss their own unique financial challenges.

Retirement Planning and the New Pension Landscape

In this seminar Swindells will look at the opportunities the Government’s changes to pension scheme legislation has brought to both those approaching retirement and those already in retirement.

Atlantic House, Uckfield – Thursday, November 13, 5.30 – 6.30pm (refreshments from 5pm)

Inheritance Tax Planning

This popular event returns to provide practical tips and ideas on to reduce an inheritance tax bill.  Atlantic House, Uckfield – Thursday, November 13 – 10.30am to noon (refreshments from 10am).

Click here to go to the Swindells site for booking information.

Did you see?

NatWest manager Richard Page is a familiar figure to customers. He was often to be seen sitting on the bank’s “front counter” dealing with inquiries. Now Mr Page has retired. Story here

Usborne Books

Chrissy Noble, who has worked with Usborne Books for the past 25 years – 19 of them in Uckfield, is looking for recruits to help her in the run up to Christmas. Read more herechrissy-noble-usborne-books

Claire Davies Hairdressing

Stylish hairdressers slid and slipped up and down muddy banks, waded through deep water, climbed scaffolding towers and dropped down poles. Click here to find out what Claire Davies Hairdressers were getting up to.

The Grove, Blackboys

A village stores and café in Blackboys has won a prestigious business accolade from the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE).

The Grove which opened just two years ago, received its highly commended award in the Sussex Rural Enterprise category of the CPRE Countryside Awards at a ceremony held at Firle Place, courtesy of Lord and Lady Gage. More here including a photograph.

Sara Twynam

Soft furnishings designer Sara Twynam has launched a new website. It can be seen at

Sara creates hand-finished curtains, blinds and accessories and the website gives more information about the styles, fabrics and accessories available along with a gallery of pictures showing completed work.

Read more here

Higlands Inn re-opens

The Highlands Inn at Ridgewood has re-opened with new leaseholders – the Ridley family, who also run the Cock at Ringmer Read more here

Red Amber Green Driving School

An Uckfield driving instructor is to lead a convoy of vehicles out of town in the national Big Learner Relay in aid of Children in Need this month.roy garrod

Roy Garrod, of Red Amber Green Driving School, is inviting his pupils to volunteer to be the driver having a lesson when the relay comes through town on Remembrance Day, Sunday, November 9.

See more here

Dawson Hart barn dance boosts Uckfield Performance Ensemble

Bygone era revealed at The Picture House

More details on Ashdown Business Park plan at Maresfield

Goldsmith and Allcorn offer car winter safety checks

Don’t miss out

Businesses across the county could benefit from thousands of pounds in grants and loans, but time is running out to apply.

As part of the Government’s Regional Growth Fund, East Sussex County Council was awarded £4million to help create and safeguard private sector jobs and this is being managed and delivered through the East Sussex Invest programme.

Already £2.5million worth of grants and loans has been distributed, and small and medium enterprises have until January 2015 to apply for a share of the remaining £1.5million.

“The money given out so far will help create and safeguard nearly 400 jobs in the county over the next year,” said Cllr Rupert Simmons, East Sussex County Council lead member for economy.

“The grants and loans available can make a difference to a variety of businesses and it would be a real shame if those who could benefit missed out. I would encourage all business owners with plans to make a capital investment to get in touch.”

Since its launch last autumn, 61 businesses across the county have been approved for East Sussex Invest 3 funding. These have included companies manufacturing solar panels and refurbishing classic cars to an ironing service and tattoo parlour.

There are grants from £3,000 up to £160,000 available and loans of up to £250,000, depending on the level of job creation or safeguarding.  The funding must be for capital; equipment, building works, vehicles, marketing drives, software and a range of other one off costs.  A minimum of 50 per cent match funding is required.

Applications are administered by Locate East Sussex. To find out more about the funding available and how to apply call 01424 205085 or email

Alternatively visit the Locate East Sussex website at


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