July 2016 Business Scene
The former Duke Letting offices at the top of Uckfield High Street have been let.
The Grade II listed building which comprises some 529 sq ft on the ground floor with some basement storage has been let to Kilnwood Studios from South Chailey.
It will run as a painting pottery studio and will have a kiln.
Chris Lawson, from agents Lawson Commercial commented: “The business will appeal to a wide range of customers from families and children to the more confident painter.
“Customers will be able to choose a piece of pottery to paint themselves with their chosen design and then leave it to be glazed and fired when done.
“There will also be a variety of workshops. So, a very interesting business concept but one that has already been tried and tested as a similar business exists in Haywards Heath.
“It will add to the unique variety of shops that Uckfield can offer.”
Lawson has also let 3 Holbein Place on the Bellbrook Business Park to Vantech Volkswagen; “yet another example of a local small business expanding in the area”.
Shop to home conversion imminent
Oldfield Smith and Co have sold the long-empty shop premises at Baxendale Way, Fernley Park, Uckfield, and say conversion to residential use is expected to begin shortly.
Oldfield Smith obtained planning application for the property which was originally intended as a small convenience store but was never let or sold for this purpose.
The site was aquired the agent’s sister company, OSAC Developopments, and the property has now been sold to a local company which will complete the building work needed for the change of use.
White Hart, Buxted
Cranwell Wealth Management
Uckfield firm Cranwell Wealth Management, has raised the alarm about low rates of pension-saving among the self-employed.
The business is to move into the former optician’s premises in Church Street (pictured above).
Lewis Business Media
An Uckfield-based business has taken on four new print titles and four major events.
Lewis Business Media which has grown rapidly since being launched three-and-a-half years ago recently acquired the trade and assets of Grove House Publishing from Zinc Media, formerly Ten Alps publishing.
The new titles are Farm Business, Agronomist and Arable Farmer, Over the Counter, Pig and Poultry Marketing.
Uckfield Framing Company
Fairground-type mirrors reflecting distorted images have been among commissions accepted recently by Uckfield Framing Company. The first set created by the firm, which is based on the Bellbrook Industrial Estate, went to the private customer of an interior design company who wanted them for the landing of their Sussex Manor House near Gatwick.
The Picture House Restaurant
The paparazzi are expected to gather too as guests arrive in fancy dress ready to sip cocktails, enjoy a four-course meal and boogie the night away with Sweet Home, a Blues Brothers tribute act.
The party, on Friday, July 8, is being held to celebrate the 100th anniversary of The Picture House and is open to all.
Plans have been submitted to turn a kitchen showroom and office space in Framfield Road, Uckfield, into two three-bedroom houses.
A planning application also proposes redeveloping a workshop and store into a four-bedroom home.
The accommodation at 57 Framfield Road is occupied by Levick Jorgensen a business making bespoke, handmade kitchens.
SLM Toyota shows its charitable nature with presentation of cheque to Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare. Sales award for SLM employee.
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Plans to change the use of the former Dragon Inn restaurant in Uckfield to an estate agents office are before Wealden Council.
The proposal has been submitted by Mansell McTaggart estate agents who hope to move into the building in early summer 2016. They are currently based nearby at 212 High Street, Uckfield.