First ever business awards for Uckfield

PLANS to organise Uckfield’s first ever business awards were discussed at the Uckfield Chamber of Commerce’s meeting at the Newick Park Hotel last week.

Adrian Corbin, who put forward the idea which was welcomed at the last meeting of the Chamber, said costs of organising the awards would have to be underwritten by selling sponsorship.

An awards ceremony would be launched in January and take place at the East Sussex National Golf Resort in late June-early July. The awards would be open to all 600-plus local businesses in the TN22 and BN8 postcode areas.

Neil Edwards of The Marketing Eye outlined sponsorship packages ranging from Gold at £1,500, through category sponsorship at £500 to smaller packages at £100.

The aim would be to bring in £7,500. Tickets for the event would sell at between £35 and £40 each.

Chamber president Peter Gale, from Swindells accountants and tax specialists, welcomed five new members to the meeting saying that took membership to more than 220.

The five new members are: Surelock Solutions, (Newick locksmith;) Fluffy Side Up, (Uckfield flooring;) The Soleman, (Uckfield shoe repairs/engraving/trophies;) Cannadines, (Uckfield kitchen and bathroom retailers) and Recruitment South East, from Eastbourne.

Other speakers at the included Francis Wallace, from solicitors Rix and Kay, who presented on Loony Law, Yvette Beckett who talked about her business My Marketing, Mike Ziolek and Gary King from Uckfield FM and Caroline Mack from Wealden Citizens’ Advice Bureau who made an appeal for work for one of her volunteers.