November round-up of Uckfield business news

Catch up with Uckfield business news in this monthly feature.

Hairdressers set for charity sky dive

There’s not long now until three Uckfield hairdressers take part in a 15,000 ft sky dive to raise funds for charity.

The trio are Natalie Edwards, Nate Stagg and Nadine Dale, from Academy of Hair in Uckfield High Street and the date set for their adventure is December 1.


All funds raised will go to St Wilfrid’s Hospice and if you would like to sponsor them please call in at the salon at 104 High Street.

Proceeds of a Christmas raffle will also go to the hospice and tickets are available at the salon now.

Read how Natalie is planning to be hypnotised in a bid to overcome her fear of heights before she takes part in the sky dive, in this Uckfield News story: Three Uckfield hairdressers to take part in 15,000 ft sky dive.


Natalie Edwards, Nate Stagg, and Nadine Dale who are due to take part in a 15,000 ft sky dive next month.

Plenty to celebrate at Barracloughs opticians

It’s proving to be a good year for Barracloughs opticians in Uckfield High Street.

Their premises have been refurbished and the company has won an award for Professional Service Provider of the Year. In the past they have also won awards including Employer of the Year, Customer Service of the Year and Overall Business of the Year.

Read more about celebrations here: Big year for Barracloughs opticians in Uckfield and read more about the services offered by the opticians in their premium listing in our Uckfield Directory.

Changes at Barnsgate Manor

Have you seen there’s a new head chef at the restaurant and wedding venue Barnsgate Manor at Herons Ghyll?

Iain More brings with him the experience of working in restaurants with three rosettes, and with celebrity chef Rosemary Shrager.

He is looking forward to launching his own menus in January but for now is pleased to be extending the offering at Barnsgate to include evening dining from Wednesday to Saturday.

Iain’s arrival coincides with a new look for the restaurant which has a fresher and more contemporary look now curtains and table cloths have gone.

Read more here: New head chef joins team at Barnsgate Manor.


New head chef at Barnsgate Manor, Iain Moore, is pictured with manager Darren Butcher, left, and operations manager Gary Mitchell.

Gardening firm uses The Masher to tidy orchard

Ringmer Community Orchard was looking overgrown and untidy until Uckfield gardening company Vacher Gardens offered to help using The Masher.

The specialist mower instantly made a difference as business owner Chris Vacher knew it would because it is used regularly on rough ground in a plantation at Hadlow Down.

He is pleased that the orchard is now more appealing for local people wanting to make use of it.

Read more here: Uckfield gardening company helps transform community orchard.


The Masher in action at Ringmer Community Orchard.

Peter Oliver scoops top awards

Mystery shoppers chose Uckfield estate agents Peter Oliver for top customer service awards both in town and in Sussex.

See how the company’s performance was measured and then compared with other estate agents here: Mystery shoppers choose Peter Oliver estate agents for top awards.


Four members of the Peter Oliver team are, from the left: Owen Badman, Chris Lane, Becky Everest, and Nick Gulliver.

Free workshop for people starting businesses

A free start-up workshop is being held at Uckfield Civic Centre on Wednesday, November 27.

It will cover essential steps for starting up a business. Find details of how to book your place here: Starting a business? This free workshop might help.


Tips on life insurance

Steve Palmer, of Cranwell Wealth Solutions, offers advice on protecting your family with life insurance in an Uckfield News feature.

Read Steve’s tips here: Remember to protect your family with life insurance.

And read more about Cranwell Wealth Solutions in their Premium Listing in our Uckfield Directory here.


Dance teacher aims to boost body confidence

Universal Dance is organising a mother and daughter body confidence and positivity workshop at The Cinque Ports Club, Uckfield, on Wednesday, November 27.lindsay-willis-wood

One of the founders Lindsay Willis-Wood says: “Being body confident and positive means accepting yourself for who you are today, every day, and each time you look in the mirror.

“Only then can you start to make healthy, positive changes to your life.”

Read more here: Dance teacher Lindsay launches body confidence blog and workshops.


Design & Display Structures in the newsdesign-&-display-logo

GPR manufacturers Design & Display Structures have been in the news twice in the past month.

First they shared photographs of a spectacular ceiling feature they developed for a Heathrow hotel, and then they announced a sponsorship deal to benefit Nutley squash juniors.


Festive season gets under way

It’s great to see Uckfield shops bedecked in Christmas finery as the festive season approaches.

Here are examples so far:

Carvills Christmas windows sparkle in Uckfield High Street

Christmas arrives at Josefina

Other shops are getting ready too. Read more about what’s new in our latest shopping feature: Uckfield shopping tips for November – Christmas makes an appearance.


Some of the stock to be found in Uckfield shops during November.

Check out Rowland Gorringe YouTube channel

Members of the Rowland Gorringe team of estate agents introduce themselves in a video uploaded to their new YouTube channel.

You can ‘Meet the Team’ and see other videos, featuring tours of properties available, here.

The hosts of video tours are Jack Wade and Mike Symons and their aim is to give buyers a virtual viewing experience while enabling potential clients to learn a little more about the agency.

Read more in this Uckfield News story: Uckfield estate agents launch YouTube channel.


Jack Wade and Mike Symons who host video tours of properties on the new Rowland Gorringe channel.

Would you be interested in running pottery painting business

A new owner is sought for Kilnwood Studio in Uckfield High Street as Jane DeVay the current owner is launching a new venture.

Interested? There’s more information here: New owner sought for Kilnwood Studio.


Kilnwood Studio.

See also:

Councillors recommended to approve 119 new homes on Harlands Estate

New owner sought for Kilnwood Studio

Double-decker bus home could be replaced with mobile property

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