Round-up of Uckfield business news for October

Uckfield area businesses support charity, win awards, launch special offers and celebrate anniversaries. Read more in this Uckfield News feature.

Peter Oliver lighting goes pink and blue

The window of Peter Oliver is looking striking this week with beams of pink and blue lights illuminating their premises at night.

The estate agents are supporting Baby Loss Awareness Week, a collaboration between more than 60 charities and organisations, aiming to raise awareness of the key issues around pregnancy and baby loss in the UK.


The Peter Oliver team says on Facebook: “Throughout the week, bereaved parents, their families and friends unite to commemorate the lives of babies who died during pregnancy, at, or soon after, birth and in infancy.

“The week is also a platform to call for tangible improvements in policy, research, bereavement care and support.”

They add: “To all of you reading this who have your little angel in the sky, or know someone who has, this is for you.”


The Peter Oliver window illuminated with pink and blue in support of Baby Loss Awareness Week.

Special anniversaries marked

Special anniversaries were marked by two Uckfield businesses at the weekend. They were Chrissy Noble who has been selling Usborne Books around the world for 30 years and Maria Mann who celebrated the tenth anniversary of The Beauty Spot.


Chrissy Noble celebrating 30 years selling Usborne Books.

Chrissy invited members of the public to an event at Uckfield Civic Centre and entertained guests with book-related activities for children while sharing cakes. Read more here: Chrissy celebrates 30th anniversary selling Usborne Books.


Maria Mann, third from left, with her team outside The Beauty Spot which has a new logo and floral pillars.

Maria welcomed clients past and present to a party at The Beauty Spot which was transformed for the occasion with balloons, flowers, and fairylights.

There were cocktails, Prosecco, along with nibbles, cupcakes and sweets with music and dancing until 10pm.

Read more about Maria’s party here: The Beauty Spot is transformed for tenth anniversary.

Spookily good prices at Cube Storage

Cube Storage is marking the month of Halloween with a “scarily good deal” for people looking for storage space.

The company says sign up with us throughout October and get 35% off plus four weeks free storage.

Visit their website for more details.


Five Ash Down Post Office offers outreach service at High Hurstwood

Five Ash Down Post Office has taken over an outreach service run at High Hurstwood Village Hall.

A team will open the Post Office every Tuesday from 2-4m and offer a full range of Post Office services.


Maggie Dopson and Nicola Almond are welcomed to the Post Office at High Hurstwood Village Hall by hall representative John Black.

Uckfield area businesses scoop awards

Uckfield businesses have been scooping up awards. They include civil engineers C J Thorne and Co, The Picture House, Barracloughs Opticians, The Blackboys Inn, and The Alma Arms.

C J Thorne won Best Construction Project Award in the South East Construction Awards, and Overall Business of the Year, and Outstanding Team of the Year at the East Sussex Business Awards.

The Picture House won SME Business of the Year at the East Sussex Business Awards and Barracloughs won Professional Service Provider of the Year.

The Blackboys Inn was presented with three awards by Harvey’s Brewery, they were Supreme Champion Rose Bowl for its gardens, The Silent Customer Award for Best Managed House, and the Best Kept Cellar Award.

The Alma was also presented with a Silent Customer Award by Harvey’s and named Customer Experience Champion. In addition The Alma is celebrating its tenth year in the Good Beer Guide.

‘Friendly rivals’ merge their businesses

Uckfield estate agents Dixon Vince and Taylor Tofts have merged their businesses to form Vince Taylor Tofts.

Their ethos is to focus on moving people. They say theirs is a people business and not dominated by meeting sales targets.

You will find Vince Taylor Tofts at 87 High Street, on the corner of High Street and Church Street.

Read more here: Estate agents merge their Uckfield businesses


Julian Vince, Richard Taylor and Chris Tofts who have merged two estate agents to form Vince Taylor Tofts.

Business premises on the market

The leasehold of Thyme for Food and Friends is for sale. Read more details here: Thyme for Food and Friends is on the market.

And Lawson Commercial has announced a reduction in price for premises at 93 High Street, formerly occupied by Professional Hair Design.

The shop of 827 sq ft with 25 ft of frontage and self-contained three-bedroom flat above is now available for £410,000.

Great opportunity

Chris Lawson said: “This is a great opportunity to acquire a freehold and would be ideal for someone who wants to live above their business.

“The shop would be ideal for a restaurant, bar, takeaway, or specialist retail business. The living accommodation above is really nice with lots of character beams, and a small patio garden and lots of beams.

There’s a video tour of the premises on the Lawson Commercial website.


93 High Street, Uckfield. The freehold price has been reduced to £410,000.

These offices could be turned into homes

There’s a planning application to turn offices at Bell Walk House in the Bell Walk Shopping Centre into three homes. Read more here: Bell Walk offices could be turned into three homes.


Bell Walk House where first floor offices could be turned into three homes.

Flowers and chocolates for Candlelight Care team

There was a thank you in the form of flowers and chocolates for members of the Candlelight Care team who relied to work additional shifts over the busy summer holiday period.

Read more about the treat presented by manager Mandy Head here: Thank you treat for Uckfield home care team.


Flowers and chocolates ready for staff at Candlelight Care.

New beginning for The Grove Farmhouse Cafe

It’s all happening at The Grove in Blackboys which is now hosting a variety of community activities ranging from creative writing, to walking with company.

See how the the business has evolved here: Farmhouse cafe grows into a community hub.


Suzi Lock, left, from Action in Rural Sussex, and Sharon Burt, a director at The Grove Farmhouse Cafe and Community Hub.

Business review offer

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Chris Dowling.

Chris Dowling business mentor and adviser is offering a special rate on a package of business mentoring sessions.

The sessions are designed for businesses inside the first five years of trading, or enterprising people planning to start a business, and the offer will run until December 20, 2019 with sessions to be completed within four months of booking.

More information about the session and how to contact Chris here: Business adviser offers special rate on mentoring sessions.

See what’s available in Uckfield shops

We take a look at what’s new in Uckfield shops in our monthly shopping feature. See for yourself here: Uckfield shopping tips for October.


Some of the goods available in Uckfield shops this month.

Businesses help raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support

Businesses laid on coffee and cakes for customers as they joined the Biggest Coffee Morning in the World to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support at the end of September. See some of those involved here: Macmillan coffee mornings in and around Uckfield.

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