Melanie Richardson who has been shortlisted for a Business Woman of the Year award.

Swindells managing partner shortlisted for Business Woman of the Year award

Melanie Richardson, managing partner at Swindells Chartered Accountants, Uckfield, has been shortlisted for a Business Woman of the Year award.

The honour comes five years after Swindells town centre offices were devastated by fire along with other shops and offices and comes at a time when the firm has been shortlisted for other awards too.


Flashback to 2012 when fire gutted buildings – including Swindells offices – in Uckfield High Street. This picture was taken by Leanne Miller.

Swindells says statistics show that where professional firms suffer a catastrophic fire such as the one in Uckfield High Street 70% go under within two years.

But theirs is bucking the trend. Within a year of the fire Swindells had moved to new premises, Atlantic House on the Bellbrook Industrial Estate, and is going from strength to strength.


Swindells offices in Atlantic House on the Bellbrook Estate, Uckfield.

It was shortlisted last year in the national Accountancy Age Awards for Independent Firm of the Year and Medium Business of the Year in the Sussex Business Women Excellence Awards in 2017.

Melanie has been shortlisted twice for awards his year, for Business Woman of the Year in the Sussex Women in Business awards and Business Woman of the Year in the Sussex Business Women Excellence Awards.

Melanie told Uckfield News: ”I’m very proud to be a part of Swindells. We have been nominated and shortlisted for four awards this year.

“It’s great to see that our service and ‘Taking Care of Business’ approach has been recognised by the awards bodies.

“I’m lucky to have a great team around me; not only my fellow partners but also our committed staff who look after our clients everyday.

“We were up and running again three days after the fire working to re-build and ensure that our clients felt no impact at all. It’s a huge testament to the flexibility and mind-set of the team we have built here.”

• Contact details for Swindells Chartered Accountants can be found 24/7 in our Uckfield Directory. Look for the name or search in categories for Accountants, Financial Advice or Financial Services.

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