Uckfield business news round-up

November 2016 Business Scene


Finally the government decided and plumped to expand Heathrow instead of Gatwick.

That pleased the Conservative MP for Wealden, Nus Ghani, but left East Sussex County Council disappointed. It will be a big surprise if that’s end of this particular saga. Here’s what they said when the news broke.

Gatwick Chief Executive Stewart Wingate, said:

“We are disappointed as we do not believe this is the right answer for Britain. Gatwick has put forward a credible financeable and deliverable plan for expansion.

“It is a plan that can guarantee growth and guarantee certainty for Britain. We look forward to studying the full reasons behind the Government decision in detail.

“The challenges facing Heathrow have not changed.  Our message today is that Gatwick stands ready to proceed when the time comes.”

Rennie Dance Academy

Young ballet dancers will aspire to dance with the English Youth Ballet and more from the Rennie Dance Academy have joined a long list of students who have successfully auditioned to take part in a performance with professional dancers.

Three will take part in Swan Lake towards the end of the month at The Hawth, Crawley.

Bridge Cottage Heritage Centre

Paul Dearn outside Bridge Cottage Heritage Centre
Paul Dearn outside Bridge Cottage Heritage Centre

You have probably heard about time travel (Dr Who! and the rest of the intergalactic folk). Now meet a man who really does travel – all in the name of  looking into the past.

New manager at historic Bridge Cottage Heritage Centre is Paul Dearn who lives in Winchester, works in Uckfield part time and also has a job in at an historic vinyl record shop in Birmingham. Read more.

The Forest Vet

Party time wih the Forest Vet
Party time wih the Forest Vet

Happy pets…happy customers: around 60 people joined staff from the Forest Vet, Maresfield, for drinks and dinner at the Chequers. Find out what was going on.

Bluebell Vineyard Estates

Bluebell Vineyard Estate where there has been a great harvest this autumn

All in all the weather was pretty good through September and October. That was great news for the Bluebell Vineyard Estates with an “exceptional harvest”.  We’ll drink to that…and there’s a chance to learn more with a blending workshop in the spring. Catch up with this news and more from the estate here



Cannadines in Uckfield High Street has expanded its offering and now designs and fits bedroom furniture as well as the kitchens and bathrooms it is already known for.

The Llama Park

Llama Park wedding room
Llama Park wedding room

The Llama Park at Wych Cross has a new look with changes to the layout bringing the restaurant and coffee shop into the spectacular surroundings of an old barn.

A new entrance leads into a new reception area and shop, previously a conference room and restaurant. The former kitchen is now offices.

Read about the latest changes at this successful Uckfield area tourist attraction.

Simmons Gainsford

Simmons Gainsford Group, chartered accountants and business advisors, which has offices in London and Uckfield has announced the opening of a new office in Dubai.

International tax advice will be offered to clients from the new office to clients based in the Middle East, or those establishing in the region.

Did you see?

MP to raise concerns over pharmacy funding cuts after visit to Kamsons

Catering-style business plans to move into Uckfield High Street

200 jobs could go at East Sussex County Council

Room hire prices to be more competitive at Civic Centre

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