Uckfield businesses continue to invest

April 2016 Uckfield Business Scene

Investment in Uckfield business has been a trend in the past month.

Work starts on John Lewis distribution hub


Evander John Lewis Ground Break Uckfield 230302016

Everything is now pointing to John Lewis opening a distribution hub on the outskirts of Maresfield.

Planning permission for signs has been sought from Wealden District Council and a formal ground-breaking event was held by Evander Properties, the specialist developer, and John Lewis.

The hub will serve John Lewis department stores at Kingston, Bluewater, and the partnership’s “at homes” in Croydon, Chichester, Tunbridge Wells and Horsham.

Vacher Gardens keeps on growing


Uckfield-based Vacher Gardens is continuing to expand four years after being founded by horticulturist Chris Vacher.

The company operates throughout East Sussex and employs 13 people, including Chris.

Ridgewood PO reaches out to Isfield

Ridgewood PO outreach at the Laughing Fish

Ridgewood PO outreach at the Laughing Fish

An outreach Post Office is settling into its new home at The Laughing Fish pub in Isfield where customers are able to enjoy a coffee, or even a pint, while doing their transactions.

The Post Office, which is staffed by members of the team at Ridgewood Post Office, moved to the pub earlier this year after the closure of Holly Gap Farm shop where it was previously based.

New staff member at Oldfield Smith and Co


Chartered Surveyors Oldfield Smith and Co have taken on an apprentice, Jack Hopper,  who is looking forward to starting a building surveying course.

Oldfield Smith is an accredited Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors training practice and so is able to support Jack in his training.

New home for growing Team 4 Solutions


Uckfield-based Team 4 Solutions has moved to new offices in the Roller Mill in the town.

The business had outgrown its previous home opposite in Quarry House.

Team 4 now employs 17 people

Lawson Commercial offers 5,000 sq ft on Bellbrook

Premises which could be used short term for office space, light manufacturing or storage are available in Bell Lane, Uckfield.

Lawson Commercial are marketing 5,000 sq ft of ground floor office accommodation and partner Chris Lawson said: “This is a great opportunity to acquire some space on a short-term basis with a lease expiring in June 2017.”

He said there was a discounted rent of £6 per square foot which was less than you would normally expect to pay for good quality office space.

Awards for SLM Toyota staff

SLM Toyota Logo new

Service adviser Damian Stevens and pro technician Ross Stevens from SLM Toyota in Uckfield have both received certificates after attending courses to update their knowledge. The certificates were presented by service manager Zoe Georges. Ream more

Three Peaks challenge for TR Fastenings team

 TR-three-peaks-LR Ross Delmon, Nick Hardstone, Andy Dawes, Steve Wallis, Daniel Reardon, Robert Hall

Five employees from TR Fastenings are gearing up to scale the UK’s three highest mountains this July, in a bid to raise £2,000 for Cancer Research UK.

‘The TRekkers’, who work in the sales, purchasing and quality departments at the company’s headquarters in Uckfield, and are aged between 24 and 52, will attempt to climb Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England and Snowdon in Wales within a 48-hour period.

This will involve 27 miles of hiking and a combined ascent of 3,000 metres.

Cancer Research business lunch

One of East Sussex’s most popular networking events takes place on June 15 at the East Sussex National, just outside Uckfield.

Coordinators of the annual summer lunch in aid of Cancer Research UK, organised by the charity’s Crowborough committee, have been overwhelmed with offers of support this year from businesses.

Cancer lunch

Table sponsors so far include Uckfield Directory members Oldfield Smith and TR Fastenings.

Many prizes have been donated, including ones from Wealden MP, Nus Ghani, and  Freedom Leisure.

Tables seat ten and tickets cost £32 for a two-course meal, including a welcome drink. To purchase tickets or enquire about sponsorship opportunities contact Gwen Young at crukcrowboro@gmail.com

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