Uckfield business community champions charity

September 2016 Business Scene


The business community in the Uckfield area is great when it comes to supporting good causes and charities.

Their valuable support can be via raising money, helping to arrange events or staff rolling up their sleeves and doing vital jobs, writes Paul Watson.

Such charitable enterprises are good for staff morale – something of a team building exercise – and help raise the profile of the business in the wider community.

Here are six examples from the pages of UckfieldNews.com in the last month.

Simmons Gainsford

Simmons Gainsford staff at work at Chailey Heritage

Simmons Gainsford staff at work at Chailey Heritage

Staff at Simmons Gainsford accountants in Uckfield left their desks to spend two days staining fences to help the Chailey Heritage Foundation. Read more

TR Fastenings


Five employees from TR Fastenings in Uckfield, East Sussex, have completed the Three Peaks Challenge and raised more than £4,000 for Cancer Research UK – double their original target.

The ‘TRekkers’, who work in the sales and purchasing departments at the company’s headquarters in Uckfield, scaled Snowden in Wales, Scafell Pike in England and Ben Nevis in Scotland in 31 hours. They said the experience was extremely tough but rewarding. More

The Brickmakers Arms


The Teenage Cancer Trust was also the beneficiary when the Brickmakers Arms, Ridgewood, raised £1,700 from two events. Find out how this New Road pub was so successful

Buxted Inn

Ready for a trip to the seaside, courtesy of the Buxted Inn

Ready for a trip to the seaside, courtesy of the Buxted Inn

The owner of the Buxted Inn treated members of a dementia group to a seaside outing.

Jason Bailey funded the trip for 38 people and arranged for the first stop to be at the Langham Hotel at Eastbourne where afternoon tea was laid on for elevenses to set them up for the rest of the day.

Ashdown Business Park grows

A second site on the Ashdown Business Park at Maresfield has been sold.

Site eight has been bought by the Jemtech Pension Fund which is to build a new headquarters building.

Jemtech is an Uckfield company specialising in supplying metal working fluids to precision engineering businesses in the aerospace, Formula 1 and medical industries.

The sale has been handled by Lawson Commercial and company partner Chris Lawson said: “We are delighted that a local company is doing so well and has the confidence to expand to join John Lewis at this new and exciting business park.”

John Lewis is currently building a distribution centre on the Ashdown Business Park which should be ready for occupation by this month.

Design and Display Structures

d&d bristol fry building-un


Uckfield-based Design and Display Structures has been commissioned to provide solar shading, featuring a mathematical pattern, to a three-storey atrium at the University of Bristol Fry Building.

The structure will reproduce a three-dimensional Voronoi mathematical pattern and be suspended in front of glazing.

It will be manufactured from GRP in modular cell components then shipped and assembled on site in spring 2017.

Uckfield Anderida/CJ Thorne


The final coaching session of the season for Uckfield Anderida Cricket Club juniors has taken place.

Kit for the Anderida juniors is sponsored by Uckfield-based specialist civil engineering contractor C J Thorne. The club said it was greatful to the business for its “outstanding support”. See more here

Excellent business 1 – Dawson Hart

Dawson Hart Solicitors have been shortlisted for the Law Society Excellence Awards 2016.

These prestigious awards celebrate the legal profession’s outstanding achievements.

Dawson Hart business development director Laura Manton said: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the Excellence in Client Care Service category.

“The awards have had a record number of entries this year which makes being shortlisted even more rewarding.”

The firm, which has offices in Church Street and High Street, Uckfield, has a number of client service initiatives, including extended opening hours, a client loyalty card and Saturday morning opening, all to reach a common goal as set out in its mission statement, which is to “shine” as a firm and provide exceptional client service every time.

Excellent business 2 – The Picture House

The Picture House in Uckfield which won Best Independent Cinema in Europe award in 2015 has been shortlisted for Cinema of the Year 2016.

The Screen Awards recognise excellence in UK film distribution, exhibition, marketing, publicity and brand partnerships.

Home Instead

Alison Scutt Home Instead

Friendly and caring staff are needed to join a company providing non-medical and companionship services to help older people stay in their own homes.

Home Instead Senior Care is based at Ringmer and works in the Uckfield and Lewes areas.

It is looking to recruit 50 staff as it provides day-to-day housework, shopping, meal preparation, and, once a relationship has been established and trust built up, assistance with dressing, bathing, eating and medications can be offered. Visits vary from one hour to 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Find out more

New business – Kilnwood Studio


Lisa Toddhunter and Teresa Smith

Baby hand and footprints, animal paw prints, fine painting and bold colours – anything goes when it comes to personalising your own choice of pottery thanks to a new business in Uckfield.

Kilnwood Studio, at 105 High Street, welcomes all ages and there’s no need to have artistic ability to enjoy creating your own pieces, according to owners Lisa Todhunter and Teresa Smith.

Cranwell Wealth Solutions

Cranwell Wealth Solutions has moved into new offices off Uckfield High Street.

Director Stephen Palmer took over the premises at 21 Church Street, previously occupied by Hazelgrove Opticians, and is pleased that the wealth management firm is now more easily accessible to the public.

Oldfield Smith & Co

Oldfield Smith & Co have let first-floor air conditioned office suite with parking at London Road, Uckfield.

The suite has an overall area of 55.3 sq m (593 sq ft) being open plan with separate kitchen area.A new lease has been entered into on quoting terms.

Oldfield  Smith said: There continues to be a good demand for smaller office suites in and around the town but with a genuine shortage of availability.

“If you have available space to let please do let us know, we have waiting applicants.”

Help young people find a career path

Businesses in East Sussex are being encouraged to take part in a scheme aimed at helping young people find their path in life and boosting their career prospects.

The Open Doors project, run by East Sussex County Council, on behalf of Skills East Sussex – the county’s strategic body for employment and skills – will see year nine pupils across the county visiting a variety of local businesses to learn about the world of work.O

Organisers hope the scheme will help pupils find out about the skills employers need and decide which subjects to study at GCSE to help them in their chosen career path.

Students will visit businesses

Open Doors, which runs from November 7 to 19 2016, will see students visit three to four businesses in one day, with each visit lasting between 45 minutes and an hour.

Visits can include tours, talks, demonstrations or employability-related activities.

Open Doors is being run by the county council in association with Sussex-based jobs board Love Local Jobs and STEM Sussex, which encourages young people into science, technology, engineering and maths subjects.

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The scheme is part of the Skills East Sussex ‘Progress’ project, funded by the county council, the charity CXK and £200,000 funding from the Government-backed Careers and Enterprise Company, which runs until June next year.

Participating businesses will be awarded the East Sussex ‘Industry Champion’ kitemark.

Businesses are asked to register their interest in taking part in the Open Doors scheme by emailing opendoors@eastsussex.gov.uk

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See also

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