New president for Uckfield Chamber of Commerce

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The new president of the Uckfield Chamber of Commerce is David Marshall, senior partner at Dawson Hart solicitors in the town.

He was elected at the organisation’s annual general meeting last Thursday and takes over from Peter Gale, of Swindells accountants and tax specialists, who was president for two years.

About 100 members attended the meeting at Buxted Park Hotel and David Marshall assured them the Chamber would continue to ensure they were effectively represented when any issues arose affecting business.

He said the next focus for this year would be on the Uckfield Business Awards culminating in a ceremony on November.

He added: “The awards give businesses the opportunity to encourage the local and wider community to realise that Uckfield is a great place to do business so go get yourself nominated for an award.”

Earlier Neil Edwards reported that 80 awards nominations had so far been received from the public and 15 completed applications had come in.

Retiring president Peter Gale told how he had been involved in the Chamber for more than 40 years and his business had been around for 70 years.

He was born in Uckfield and had seen dramatic changes over the years. Retailing had gone from Woolworth’s and a large proportion of owner-managed businesses to a predominance of multiples.

He said commerce had flourished, the Bellbrook Estate had appeared from nowhere and the population had expanded from about 4,500 in the 60s to about 15,000 now.

He said: “Uckfield has always been a place where businesses can A start and B flourish, TR Fastenings is a good example. Uckfield remains a great place to be in business.”

He wished David Marshall well as Chamber president and said the organisation was in good hands.