Round-up of Uckfield business news

There has been huge interest in the news that preparations are under way for a coffee lounge to be built at Staverton Nursery, at Halland, near Uckfield.

Well-wishers were quick to praise the company in comments on the Uckfield News Facebook page. Follow the link to see what they had to say.

They include this from Jim Snow: “This is a local business, well run, and offering everything that the bigger chains can offer and more, with attentive, pleasant staff, and a full range of garden requirements.

“Let’s hope that the plans go through without a problem. I wish them every possible success.”

Amie Cook said: “Really hope they get it. Would round the place off perfectly.”

And Kyle Rathbone added: “Can’t wait. We love visiting and would love a cafe to stop at too.”

There’s more about the latest plans here: Preparations being made to build coffee lounge at Staverton Nursery.


Staverton Nursery where there are plans to build a coffee lounge.

Two Uckfield area pubs have plenty to celebrate

Two Uckfield area pubs are delighted to have had their work recognised by industry experts.

The Blackboys Inn has scooped three Harvey’s Brewery awards for Best Kept Cellar, Silent Customer, and runner-up in Managed House Floral Competition while The Alma Arms is celebrating being in the Camra Good Beer Guide for the eighth year in a row.

The Alma was also runner-up in the Silent Customer section of the Harvey’s awards.

Read about the Blackboys Inn awards here: Blackboys Inn scoops three Harvey’s awards.


Natalie and Jay Dunbar with the Harvey’s awards they have scooped for the Blackboys Inn.

And find more about The Alma’s successes here: Alma is in Good Beer Guide for eighth year in a row.


Alma landlord Ben Martin and manager Michelle Morris who are celebrating in the Camra Good Beer Guide for their eighth year in a row.

Look out for Hurstwood Cider at this fair

Hurstwood Cider will be represented at a Country Homes and Interior Christmas Fair on the weekend of November 9-11 so, if you are going, look out for one of the business founders Alex Gibbins.

The artisan cider-making company is looking forward to the apple season. They buy apples direct from orchards across the South East and have their own cider recipe, with the exact blend kept secret.

How to find funding as you launch or grow your business

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If you are looking for ways of raising funds to launch, or grow your business, grants are available – along with other resources – from Business East Sussex.

Uckfield business mentor Chris Dowling, pictured right, has more information.

Read more here: Help available to launch or grow your Uckfield business.

Have you seen the Uckfield News shopping feature?

Have you seen the Uckfield News shopping feature for October? Shops are stocking up ready for autumn and winter, and for Christmas and we give you an idea of what to look for where when you are ready to take the plunge with your festive plans.


Just a few of the things available in Uckfield area shops this month.

SLM Toyota sees how grant helps Rocks Park Primary School

SLM Toyota Uckfield general manager Paul Hardwell and marketing manager Mel Ball visited Rocks Park Primary School last month to see how grant money they secured has been spent to restore a pond.

The pond project is just one way the school is opening up an extra world of learning by embracing its beautiful woodland setting. Read more here: Outdoor world of learning opens up at Rocks Park Primary School.


Testing a new bridge over a restored pond at Rocks Park Primary School, Uckfield, are children who helped with the project, Will Hunt who led it, grant providers SLM Toyota Uckfield general manager Paul Hardwell, and marketing manager Mel Ball, and headteacher Andy Best.

Check out the latest job vacancies on

Latest job vacancies have been advertised by Uckfield College, Unity Care Solutions, Manor Primary School, C J Thorne & Co Ltd, and Cranwell Wealth Solutions. Visit to find out how to apply.

Have you seen Uckfield Chamber’s new website?

Check out Uckfield Chamber of Commerce’s new website which can be found here.

It was launched at a member’s meeting at The Picture House at the end of February and enables businesses to sign up to join the organisation, book places at Chamber events, read news from fellow members and find businesses in a directory.

Read more here: Uckfield Chamber of Commerce launches new website.


The new Uckfield Chamber of Commerce website seen on a big screen at The Picture House, Uckfield. (Picture: Matt Harquail)

Bluebell Vineyard – a fine example of Wealden wine

Wealden MP Nus Ghani was impressed during a visit to Bluebell Vineyard as their harvest got under way.

She said: “If you haven’t tried any of their Hindleap sparkling wines yet I would urge you to pick up a bottle – it will match the very best from across the world.”

Read more here: MP visits Bluebell Vineyard as harvest gets under way


Wealden MP Nus Ghani, centre with Joyce Tay, one of the founders of Bluebell Vineyard Estates, and Kevin Sutherland, winemaker.

See also:

Councils seek your views on electric vehicles and charge points

Sites suggested for free dog waste bags in Uckfield

Professionals will value your antiques at Bridge Cottage event

Find local organisations in our Uckfield Directory

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