Uckfield business round-up in June

There’s been plenty of good news from Uckfield businesses over the past month, from Green DIY planning to open new stores, to Gunnebo celebrating its move into new offices, and a B&B being praised by a celebrity guest. Read more here.

Amira’s Kitchen now offers delivery service

Uckfield Bangladeshi and Indian Restaurant Amira’s Kitchen is now offering a delivery service.

The restaurant in Grange Road offers free delivery with a minimum order of £20 to the following areas: Uckfield, Maresfield, Ringles Cross, Buxted, Framfield, Blackboys, Palehouse Common, Isfield, Shortbridge, Piltdown, and Fletching.

Call them on 01825 764411 to learn more or place an order.


Amira’s Kitchen in Grange Road, Uckfield, now offering a delivery service.

Tips on remortgaging your property if you are self-employed

If you are self-employed and would like to remortgage your property the following tips from the Mortgage Advice Bureau in Uckfield might help:

How to remortgage if you’re self-employed

If you have become self-employed since taking out a fixed rate mortgage and are considering remortgaging before dropping onto the Standard Variable Rate (SVR) – which could cost you more – you will find things need to be done slightly differently from when you were employed.mortgage-advice-bureau-june-2018

Some lenders find it more difficult to assess the financial situation of self-employed people and the key to successful remortgaging being prepared to evidence which will enable them to more easily carry out affordability checks.

Simple things you can do to make this as easy as possible include:

  • Prove your income. Provide three years worth of financial records. This might mean hiring a chartered accountant to bring your books up to speed but it will be worthwhile.
  • Workflow. Be able to show you have a healthy stream of work planned. A list of scheduled jobs will benefit you as this helps go some way to prove your future incomings.
  • Good credit score. This is an important one and will stand you in good stead when it comes to dealing with lenders. If you can show you have a good credit score, as well as a healthy deposit and a well-recorded history of finances, you’ll be in a great position for remortgaging.

Speak to a mortgage adviser

A specialist mortgage adviser will listen to your individual circumstances and advise on your options. For example The Mortgage Advice Bureau works with more than 90 lenders and has access to more than 11,000 mortgages, so can help find one to suit your needs.

Lenders’ criteria are all different

At the end of the day, being self-employed does not stop you from remortgaging but you must be more thorough in evidencing your finances. And remember, not one size fits all. Lenders’ criteria are all different, so just because one might turn you down, it doesn’t mean another one won’t.

If you have more questions about remortgaging, the Mortgage Advice Bureau will be pleased to help. Call Grant or Katherine on 01825 371351, email grant.wagner4@mab.org.uk or see their website.

New look for Uckfield Yoga Studio

Uckfield Yoga Studio has got a new logo and made some changes inside its High Street studio.uckfield-yoga-studio-june-2018

There is a new desk, entrance mat and new blinds and on top of that there are two new classes and two workshops lined up.

Tomorrow, (Saturday, June 9) from 2-4pm there will be a philosophy workshop called Purification of Subtle Body. It costs £20 to take part.

On Sunday, June 17,  there will be a workshop on crystals from 2-4pm priced at £25.

A new Ashtanga class will restart with Nick on Tuesday evenings from June 19, at 7.30pm, and there is a Lyengar class on Mondays – the first was held this week. This will be with Trina who has an introductory offer of £5 for the first class.

Work progresses on extending Hartfields

Thursday, June 27, is the day Hartfields hopes to re-open following redevelopment and extension of their Uckfield High Street restaurant.

While the work is under way staff are manning a food trailer outside with plenty of seating for customers. See: Hartfields ‘Al Fresco’ opens for business.


Staff manning Hartfields ‘Al Fresco’ while the restaurant is redeveloped and extended.

Gunnebo celebrates opening of new headquarters

Gunnebo celebrated the opening of its new headquarters on the Ashdown Business Park at Maresfield last week.

The Swedish company has moved from the Bellbrook Industrial Estate and is the second to open on the business park. The first was a John Lewis distribution centre.

Read more about Gunnebo here: Gunnebo’s new UK headquarters are officially opened near Uckfield.


Pictured at the opening of Gunnebo are, from the left, Mike Barber, of MJB Architecture; Chris Lawson of Lawson Commercial; Mike Timms, Summerthorne Estates; Robert Hermans, Gunnebo managing director; Henrik Lange, Gunnebo CEO and president; Charles Hendry, former Wealden MP, and Philip Whyte of Fraser Whyte London.

Duke Letting grows

Dedicated property letting company Duke Letting is growing. The business which was established 25 years ago acquired a portfolio in the Heathfield area last year and this year is incorporating another agency, Elliott and Bunn from Haywards Heath.

Read more here: Business is booming for Uckfield-based Duke Letting.


The Duke Letting team. From the left are: Sue Edwards, Caroline Walker, Rod Carmichael, Sara Johnson, Jo McMeikan, and Toni Saunders.

Green DIY plans to open new stores

Green DIY which expanded it’s store in Uckfield to open a fishing tackle shop earlier this year and which has another store in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, is planning to open new stores across the South East.

Brand manager Robin Eden says the company is pleased with the quality products stocked at Uckfield and the service provided there and wants to replicate both elsewhere.

Read more here about the company which concentrates its efforts on “boots through the door” rather than online business: Uckfield-based Green DIY is looking to open new stores.


Robin Eden, brand manager at Green DIY in the new Hooked on Green fishing tackle shop.

Six people now in the team at Peter Oliver estate agents

Just nine months after opening in Uckfield High Street estate agents Peter Oliver have expanded their team from two to nine people.

Directors Owen Badman and Nick Gulliver are thrilled with the way the business has taken off and the support they have received in town. Read more here: Two new people join the Peter Oliver team.


The team at Peter Oliver. From the left are: Owen Badman, Chris Lane, Kaye Hart, Becky Everest, Nick Gulliver, and Ryan Allen.

New rules for MOT testing

New rules are now in place for MOT testing and SLM Toyota Uckfield is sharing information about how defects in cars will now be categorised as either Dangerous, Major or Minor.

Minor will be a pass. There will also be an Advisory Pass which means a defect will have to be monitored and repaired if necessary, and a simple Pass which means the vehicle meets the legal standard with no repairs needed. Read more here on the SLM Toyota website.

Did you see?

Uckfield Chamber of Commerce has launched its 2018 business awards and is inviting entries via the Uckfield Business Awards website. Categories range from Best Start-Up Business to Outstanding Achievement and prizes will be presented at a gala dinner at the East Sussex National Resort on Thursday, November 8.

See also:

Tips for shopping in Uckfield during June

Art fair opens next Friday

More than £3,000 raised in bike ride from Uckfield to Papworth Hospital

Find local businesses in our Uckfield Directory

How to advertise on UckfieldNews.com

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