The Uckfield Business Awards couldn't succeed without the generous support of its sponsors.


Lead Sponsor

Thorne Group

CJ Thorne


Sponsoring: Business of the Year

C. J. Thorne & Co. Ltd. is a third generation family firm of civil engineering contractors, founded in 1939, working primarily for Local Councils, Water Authorities and large industrial companies.

Currently directly employing around 120 people across two locations in Sussex and working only on projects in the south east of England, we contribute significantly to the local economy. The Company invests heavily in Health & Safety / specialist industry training, as well as developing young apprentices in such trades as plant mechanics and bricklaying.

Recently recognized as one of the 20 fastest growing companies in Sussex for the third year in a row at the Sussex Super Growth Awards, we plan to build on this success with further investment both in our staff and in renewing and increasing our fleet of plant and vehicles.



Category Sponsors

Garrison Roofing

Garrison Roofing

Sponsoring:  Outstanding Achievement Award

Established in 2002, Garrison Roofing has grown to provide a comprehensive roofing service. We pride ourselves on our quality of workmanship.

Garrison Roofing undertakes all aspects of roof tiling and slating, including flat roofing and lead work, and regularly performs works for a number of bespoke companies.

Operating from our offices in Uckfield, East Sussex, we cover an extensive area of the South East including Sussex, Kent, Surrey and Hampshire.

We strive to provide our customers with an honest and accurate assessment of their requirements and tailor our services to their individual needs.

Garrison Roofing undertakes work for many local building companies and should you need any references or testimonials from our clients we would be very happy to provide details.



Lawson Commercial

Lawson Commercial

Sponsoring: Small Business of the Year

Lawson Commercial is a specialist, commercial property partnership, established for 30 years, owned and run by Chris and Julia Lawson plus the canine team.  Based in Uckfield at The Granary, a restored period property just off the High Street.

The business specialises in the sale, letting, valuing and acquiring of all types of commercial property together with professional services including rent reviews, lease renewals and commercial management. We provide honest, trustworthy advice on all aspects of commercial property. We particularly enjoy helping small business and start-ups with their premises.  There is enormous satisfaction from seeing a business grow and prosper.



Nus Ghani MP

Nus Ghani MP

Sponsoring: Business Person of the Year - Female

A hundred years ago, women won the right to vote and stand for election for the first time. As the first female MP for Wealden, and after making a little bit of history as the first female Muslim Government Minister to speak in the House of Commons, I am determined to help Wealden and Uckfield women succeed in business and public service.

We need to encourage more women to enter the world of business. Women make up half the population but are considerably underrepresented in the business industry. Increasing female participation in business would be a massive boost to our economy.

Inspiring the next generation of female business leaders means setting an example now, and I am delighted to be sponsoring the Female Business Person of the Year award to celebrate the contribution women are already making to the business world.



Anytime Fitness

Anytime Fitness

Sponsoring: Business Person of the Year - Male

Anytime Fitness Uckfield is a 24/7 Fitness Club, which welcomes members of all fitness levels. We strive to help each of our members succeed in not only reaching their goals but making fitness part of their lifestyle.

Anytime Fitness has 4000 Clubs Worldwide, which are accessible to every member no matter where they are based. The convenience of our Clubs means that everyone should be able to fit exercise into their lives around work, family and other commitments. For those members who need a little extra motivation, we have passionate Personal Trainers onsite as well as offer great Classes.

Anytime Fitness Uckfield is a community of like-minded members who support each. Our team is also involved in a number of Community Projects and Events.



Dawson Hart


Sponsoring: Retailer of the Year

Dawson Hart is a long established law firm based in Uckfield.  The team of solicitors provides a comprehensive legal service with a personal and approachable touch, serving both the business and rural communities of Sussex.

Dawson Hart pride itself on its progressive approach and is constantly looking for new ways to enhance its service.  Extended opening hours and free legal advice are offered on the first Saturday morning of every month. The company also runs a privilege legal care scheme to reward its private and business clients for their continued loyalty.  Their team of solicitors can fulfil all your legal requirements to the highest standards.



Rix & Kay


Sponsoring: Best Place to Eat

Rix & Kay is a full service law firm with offices in Ashford, Brighton & Hove, Seaford, Sevenoaks and Uckfield. The firm retains a strong regional presence across Sussex, Kent, Surrey and London and works in partnership with business owners, entrepreneurs and individuals, providing expert legal advice across a wide range of legal services.

It also works in partnership with some of the most successful organisations in the UK both on national and international projects.

The firm’s mission is to ‘make law easy for you’ by providing legal services through dedicated, highly trained, teams that engage deeply with clients.

Rix & Kay key facts

  • Supporting business owners, entrepreneurs and individuals for more than 70 years
  • Over 100 employees including 17 Partners and over 30 lawyers and legal professionals
  • Significant growth over the last decade, more than doubling our turnover from 2.9 million in 2003 to over 6 million in 2018
  • Lexcel Accredited – excellence in legal practice management and client care
  • Recognised by Chambers & Partners, and Legal 500 for all its core services. Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 are leading independent research journals that asses law firm’s capabilities.
  • Members of LawNet and Eurojuris, a dedicated network of trusted law firm’s providing access to legal services throughout Europe





Sponsoring: Employer of the Year

Scientifica specialises in providing cutting-edge equipment optimised for electrophysiology, multiphoton imaging and optogenetics research. Their world-class laboratory equipment allows researchers to gain a better understanding of the nervous system and neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and epilepsy.

The company was formed in 1997, by David Rogerson and Mark Johnson. Initially, sales were only within the UK, but strong demand for its products led the company to begin exporting. Scientifica now exports worldwide, selling both directly and through a network of distributors. Export sales account for more than 70% of the company's business, and this figure is expected to rise as the company continues to open new markets in emerging economies around the world.

In June 2013, the company became part of Judges Scientific plc, a UK-based group listed on the London Stock Exchange.

At the beginning of 2016, Scientifica opened an office in the United States, its first office outside of the UK. They also sell through a number of local distributors in countries around the world.

In 2017 Scientifica opened two Centres of Excellence; the first in the Neurophotonics Centre, associated with Université Laval, in Quebec, Canada, and the second at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York. This collaboration with researchers allows them to help scientists enhance their research and try new applications.



TR Fastenings

TR Fastenings

Sponsoring: Young Employee of the Year

TR Fastenings Ltd is a global engineering, manufacturer and distributor of industrial fastenings and Cat C products. We have 29 TR locations, of which 8 are high volume production manufacturing sites producing over 33% of the product sold and distributed to over 60 countries. TR has a global footprint that meets the needs of the multinational OEM's and Tier 1’s that we support.

TR Fastenings supplies in excess of 50 billion components annually to 5,000 companies globally across a wide range of industries including automotive, electronics & telecoms, general industrial, home appliance and distributor sales. Every industry has specific needs in both product and quality requirements which we can meet through the extent of our portfolio and scope of our quality certification including, ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and TS16949. In addition to TR's extensive range of standard and branded fasteners, a large part of what we supply are to customer drawings, special parts and Cat C components.

The products that we supply include a range of our own branded fasteners; Hank® rivet bushes, Hank® self-clinch fasteners, fasteners for plastic, blind rivets and rivet nuts, Binx® self-locking nuts, enclosure hardware and plastic hardware along with a range of general fasteners, micro-diameter from M0.6, security fasteners, stainless steel & brass fasteners, adhesives & sealants and parts specifically to customer drawings.

For detailed technical and dimensional information on 1,000’s of fasteners, visit our website. 



Neva Consultants

Neva Consultants

Sponsoring: Tradesperson of the Year

Founded in 1992, Neva one of the UK’s most innovative vehicle leasing and fleet management services companies, offering a full range of vehicle leasing and service products. We have consistently changed the way we work, adapting to market demands, to ensure we’re always ready for the way that customers want to manage their vehicles and finance options, we’re proud to have over 6000 live customers and clients and we pride ourselves on how we have consistently increased our customer base.

Our funding panel driven, digitally-focused business model (E-Fleet) allows us to remain agile, price effectively and to deliver great customer service and products for customers. All of our actions are based on our simple and easy way of doing things. We focus on getting it right for our colleagues, customers, business and community. It’s our colleagues who help drive our growth, so we give them all the support, training and development they need, as well as scope to tell us how they feel about life at Neva Consultants. We do this through our engagement programme which supports fairness, trust, engagement and respect.



Simmons Gainsford Group


Sponsoring: Customer Service Award

Bespoke Financial and Accounting Services

Simmons Gainsford is a leading advisory and chartered accountancy firm based in the heart of Uckfield as well as London and Gibraltar. We work with businesses and individuals to help achieve financial success and security.

With over 100 staff we can offer expert advice on:

  • Accounts, Audits and Capital Allowances
  • Tax Mitigation & Planning
  • Bookkeeping VAT & Management Accounts
  • Corporate Finance & Cashflow Management
  • Human Resources & Payroll
  • Insurance Solutions
  • Financial Services & Wealth Management

At Simmons Gainsford Group we offer problem solving skills and lateral thinking that will make a positive contribution to the success of your business. Our knowledge and experience allows us to offer you a complete package of advice you need. We offer inspiration and guidance, taking a proactive approach, working with our clients to help them attain their goals.

You’ll find an entrepreneurial spirit and energy – both essential in helping to drive your business forward. Our clients are our greatest asset and so we treat them with the care and attention they deserve, providing direct access to partners on an ongoing basis.

Simmons Gainsford – The obvious choice for quality advice and service



Uckfield Matters

Uckfield Matters Magazine

Sponsoring: Contribution to the Community

Uckfield Matters magazine has been hand delivering local news and information to every home in Uckfield, every month for nearly 10 years.

We’re based in Uckfield and live by our motto: in Uckfield, for Uckfield and about Uckfield. We work closely with local writers to produce content that’s relevant to our readers, is diverse, interesting and makes Uckfield Matters a real community asset.

As well as covering local news, sports and community events, we’re trusted and truly focused on Uckfield. That’s why Uckfield Town Council, Lions, Rotary, Uckfield Festival, Late Night Shopping, Uckfield Chamber of Commerce and Uckfield FM all come to us.

We distribute directly to over 6,000 homes every month. A further 500 copies and growing - are available at distribution points around the town including the Civic Centre and a number of shops and businesses. We also have distribution points in Buxted, Maresfield, Framfield and Nutley. We’ve got it covered right across the TN22 postcode.

Approximately 16,250 people read Uckfield Matters magazine, every month.



NFU Mutual


Sponsoring: Best Rural Business

Looking after customers is at the heart of our business. With insurance, pensions and investments, you need to feel confident you are getting what is right for you. At NFU Mutual, Uckfield we believe in putting our customers’ interest first by offering quality products and an expert local service.

As one of the UK’s leading insurance providers, NFU Mutual, has been looking after our customers for over a century. As we are based locally, customers know they can turn to us for help and expert assistance whenever they need it. We are always on hand to help, whether you want to make changes to an existing policy or make a claim.

We love to meet our clients in person either at their home or business premises, or at our local office on the Bellbrook Estate. This ensures we really get to understand our clients’ insurance requirements.



Eastbourne Motoring Centre

Eastbourne Motoring Centre

Sponsoring: Best New Business

Introducing EMC Uckfield
Part of the Eastbourne Motoring Centre Group

EMC is a family owned business, trading in the Eastbourne area since the 1960’s. We took over the running of the dealership on Bellbrook Industrial Estate, Uckfield in July 2017 enabling us to expand our New & Network Q Vauxhall car, commercial vehicle & Motability sales, servicing, parts and repairs into Uckfield and the surrounding towns and villages.

In addition to Vauxhall, we also offer Suzuki new & used car sales, service and repairs from our showroom in Eastbourne plus have over 250 quality used vehicles of all makes and models available from group stock, with a range of competitive finance options to suit all budgets.

EMC Uckfield has been a welcome addition to the EMC Group with the majority of G&A staff joining the EMC team to now offer quality products and services at affordable prices across our sales and service centres.

Our experienced team provide the highest standards of customer care and we look forward to being of service to you soon! Our ethos remains ‘we’re not number one, you are!’





Sponsoring: Health & Leisure Award

Specsavers is a partnership of almost 2,000 locally-run businesses, committed to delivering high quality, affordable optical and hearing care in the communities they serve. Each store is part-owned and managed by its own directors, who are shareholders of their own businesses.

This joint venture partnership approach ensures that the opticians and audiologists who run their stores can concentrate on delivering what they do best – providing expert eye and hearing care to their customers.

Specsavers Uckfield and Specsavers Hailsham are part-owned and managed by Badrinath Mohandas & Dimple Mehta.

Both practices employ 27 people locally and provide optical and hearing services to communities of Uckfield & Hailsham.

Specsavers Hailsham opened September 2017 and has been welcomed by the local community.



Marketing Sponsors

The Marketing Eye

The Marketing Eye

A strategic consultancy, a business development agency and a marketing technology business all rolled into one, The Marketing Eye help companies engage with their clients to generate new business.

Their mission is to help businesses increase their value by applying joined-up marketing and delivering fit-for-purpose sales and marketing programmes that are measurable and effective.

Although they mainly work with financial clients in London and around the UK, The Marketing Eye is always keen to support the local community, having founded the Uckfield Business Awards in back in 2012.



Uckfield FM

Uckfield FM

First taking to the air in July 2003, Uckfield FM is now a fully licensed broadcaster, on air 24 hours a day / 7 days a week.

Committed to serving the community of Uckfield, Uckfield FM features an entertaining mix of music and chat, mixed with local and national news.

Many guests have visited Uckfield FM since it opened, including two Miss Great Britain finalists, legendary cricket commentator, Henry 'Blowers' Blofeld and John 'Boggy' Marsh from Radio 2.  This is, of course, alongside the many local people who have visited to speak about their work in the community.




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