News from Uckfield businesses about the way they are working during the Coronavirus pandemic or preparing to reopen.
Plenty of entrepreneurs seeking premises
The commercial property market is moving again and Uckfield-based Lawson Commercial say there are plenty of entrepreneurs about seeing new opportunities and seeking premises.
Partner Chris Lawson says the agents have let three industrial units recently, two in Uckfield and one at Squires Farm Industrial Estate, in Palehouse Common.
He says Unit 1 Riverside on the Bellbrook Estate has been let to a Chailey business which is expanding.
The unit comprises 1,070 sq ft on the ground floor with a small amount of office and storage on the first floor giving an overall area of 1,703 sq ft. It was let at close to the asking rent of £12,000 pa with only a short rent free period.
Nearby Unit 3 Riverside has also been let to a local business also expanding. That is a unit of 1,041 sq ft with no mezzanine floor and was let on asking terms again with a short rent free period.
Premises at 11 Knights Business Centre, on the Squires Farm Industrial Estate, has been let to a new business specialising in food ingredients. It is already an online business and now needs bricks and mortar premises to trade from. The unit is some 1,520 sq ft and was let at close to the asking rent of £12,500 pa.
Chris said: “Our office is open and we are receiving enquiries on a daily basis. We would be pleased to hear from anyone who has a commercial building that needs a new occupier. Maybe it is now too big or too small. We are practising Government recommended guidelines and are happy to meet and talk following these protocols. Give us a call today.”
The Beauty Spot is taking bookings
The Beauty Spot is opening its booking system with appointments available from Monday, July 6, until Tuesday, September 1, initially.
Owner Maria Mann says they will have to work different hours to start with and it’s taking time to adjust and update the computer system.
But from now Maria is taking bookings online, via The Beauty Spot Facebook page, or you can leave a message at the salon where they will be checked every other day.
Maria will work Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays 9.15am -7pm and every other Saturday or Sunday 9am – 5pm.
You can also book in with Millie on Wednesdays and Fridays 9am-5pm for Lash Lifts, Eyelash Extensions, threading, tinting, spray tans and Gel Manicures and Pedicures.
Emma can be booked for Gel Manicure and Back, Neck and Shoulder Massages, and Indian Head Massage on Mondays 1pm-7pm, and Thursdays 9am-5pm
Maria says she can’t be certain of the salon opening date and asks people to understand if appointments have to be moved nearer the time.
She added: “We would also like to assure you that we have done everything we can to make sure we are safe for reopening.”
Barracloughs opticians prepare to open
Barracloughs the Opticians who have a store in Uckfield High Street are making preparations to as soon as they are given the go ahead.
They say: “Not long now! Please call us if you have any urgent eye care needs in the meantime.”
Cannadines will be back in office from Monday
Cannadines, the kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom store, will be opening its showroom to customers on Monday, June 15.
And from Monday the business will be answering calls again, and taking in deliveries.
Ross Cannadine says this will give us two weeks to make the shop safe with social distancing guidelines in place.
He said: “We have ordered disposable masks that will be available at the front door for customers to use. We have several hand sanitising stations scattered around the showroom and tape showing customers safe routes to follow.
“We are looking forward to welcoming you back to the shop and getting back to business.
“If you are thinking of having a new kitchen, bathroom or bedroom give us a call on 01825 767628 and we can make an appointment time for you to visit in the shop and we can talk about your requirements and projects from there.
“We also do home offices so if you are now working from home and would like to create a home office we would be delighted to discuss this project with you too.”
Barney’s Play – no re-opening date yet
Barney’s Play says, it looks unlikely the play centre will be unable to re-open for some time because of Coronavirus restrictions. 😢
Louise Jago says: “Whilst this is disappointing to us as a family business, we are committed to keeping our customers, staff and community safe.
“We will not re-open until it is deemed safe to do so.
“We will be contacting parties further down the line to move bookings as and when needed. From my family, myself and my team we hope to have your support when we re-open in the future.
“Stay safe, please follow current advice, look after yourselves and each other.”
In the meantime maintenance work is being done at the play centre, such as the sanding of counters and giving them a much-needed oiling.
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