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

Marketing Sponsors


uckfield_20fm_20car_20sticker_layout_201_1_.pngUckfield 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.


Category Sponsors


addagrip_logo.fw.pngSponsoring:  Outstanding Achievement Award

Addagrip Terraco Ltd manufactures and formulates resin based surfacing and flooring systems. Founded in 1980, we established ourselves as a leading industrial resin flooring contractor, formulating a range of high quality products to meet industry requirements.

In 1986 we ceased contracting in order to concentrate on manufacturing and focused on supplying our market leading, high quality resin bonded, resin bound and tree pit surfacing and epoxy resin flooring products.


TR Fastenings


Sponsoring: Young Employee / Apprentice of the Year

TR Fastenings Ltd is a global manufacturer and distributor of industrial threaded fasteners, supplying a variety of industries including the automotive, marine, electronic and home appliance sectors.

Malcolm Diamond MBE, Executive Chairman comments, "TR was founded with the ethos that staff are a company’s biggest asset. This has been echoed through almost forty years of trading, demonstrated by our low staff turnover with many of our team already exceeding 20 years of service.

Another part of our culture is focusing on the future. As a company, TR Fastenings Ltd has long been an advocate of apprenticeship schemes as well as working alongside local educational establishments to help young people gain exposure to business at an early age.


B.G Benton

BG BentonSponsoring: Business Person of the Year - Male

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swindells_ca_logo_white_out_of_blue_jpeg.pngSponsoring: Business Person of the Year - Female

As Chartered Accountants and Chartered Tax Advisers, Swindells offers services and specialist skills that reach well beyond that of most regional practices.

As well as providing the full range of audit, accounts and tax compliance services, we also specialise in tax planning, investment and financial planning for private individuals and their families; corporate finance solutions for growing businesses; and regulatory compliance for charities.

Swindells has a great team of people, alongside their Chartered Accountants and Corporate Finance specialists.  Swindells has Chartered Tax Advisers, Certified Financial Planners & Trust & Estates Practitioners dealing with specialist tax, investments and financial planning.


Rix and Kay

new_rixkayllp.pngSponsoring: Restaurant, Hospitality & Leisure Award

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP is a pre-eminent law firm in the South East with an outstanding reputation by both the legal world and its clients, as being a leading full service law firm.

Being a truly integrated law firm, we pride ourselves on being able to provide genuine local knowledge of laws and procedures with a specialist approach. Our practice breadth, geographical reach in the South East, and specialist industry knowledge provide us with insights into the issues that affect our clients most deeply and enable us to provide high quality legal advice to assist them in achieving their goals.


CJ Thorne & Co

CJ ThorneSponsoring: 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 10 fastest growing companies in Sussex in the 2016 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.


Lawson Commercial

lawson_logo_287.pngSponsoring: Small Business of the Year

Lawson Commercial is a specialist, commercial property partnership, established for nearly 25 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, rating appeals and commercial management.  We particularly enjoy helping small business and start ups with their premises.  There is enormous satisfaction from seeing a business grow and prosper.


Neva Consultants

Neva ConsultantsSponsoring: Tradesperson of the Year

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CPJ Field & Co Ltd

cpjfield.jpgSponsoring: Contribution To The Community Award

CPJ Field & Co Ltd is the South East's leading funeral service provider, which operates over 30 funeral homes throughout Sussex and the Home Counties. A family business that traces its origins to the late 1600s, it is actively owned and managed by the Field family. Over the past three centuries, the Field family has assisted with the funeral arrangements of monarchs and national heroes such as the Duke of Wellington, Queen Victoria and King Edward VII. It was named Family Business of the Year 2013, London & South East at the FBU Family Business Awards.


Dawson Hart

dawson_hart.jpgSponsoring: 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 fulfill all your legal requirements to the highest standards.


Simmons Gainsford

sg_logo_small.pngSponsoring: Customer Service Award

Simmons Gainsford LLP are chartered accountants and tax advisers who are providing the Sussex Community with sound business and accountancy advice in a highly professional, yet personable manner.

Clients range from owner managed businesses to PLCs. Whatever the size or sector, we ensure our clients benefit from the personal attention and expert service that has become our hallmark.


NFU Mutual

nfum.jpgSponsoring:  Best Rural Business

We began insuring individuals and businesses outside of the farming industry in 1998.

Offering our products to those outside of farming has seen our growth accelerate. Our range of products extends to investments, pensions, life assurance and risk management.

With over 300 local branches nationwide, we're big on local presence.

We understand how important it is to have peace of mind, which is why we have agents in branches all over the country who can meet you face-to-face, get to know you and understand your needs.


Knibbs Computer Services

knibbs_2c_logo.pngSponsoring:  Best New Business

Knibbs Computer Services was founded in 1998 and has been serving businesses across South East England ever since.

We specialise in the support and outsourcing of your technology and telephony requirements, offering consultancy and project management alongside day-to-day help-desk support.  We believe that prevention is better than the cure and are, therefore, constant in our monitoring of our clients IT infrastructure and proactive with our recommendations.

All of our consultants have a wide range of experience, which allows us to deliver innovative solutions and resolve issues quickly and effectively.



scientifica_logo_expert_large.pngSponsoring:  Large Business of the Year

Scientifica is one of the fastest growing companies in Sussex.  Based on the Bellbrook Industrial Estate, the company manufactures and distributes high precision scientific instruments for use in electrophysiology - a field of biomedical research.

The company is well known for its microscopes and micromanipulators, which are amongst the best in the world and used in the most prestigious institutions.

The company started selling in the UK in 1997 and now sells to over 30 countries around the world, with exports growing rapidly to account for over 70% of turnover.


Uckfield Matters Magazine

Uckfield Matters MagazineSponsoring: Best Looking Shop

We have a simple mission - to be a community asset that enhances life, business and recreation in and around Uckfield.

Our aim is to be the resource that our community uses.

We source and write content that is relevant to Uckfield. We look for interesting news and stories, and get out and meet as many people as possible, to make our stories more interesting to local people.

Our content helps to promote, enhance and further local business, and local community issues. It helps local people and families support and appreciate what makes Uckfield a fantastic place to live and work.




The following businesses have also made a financial contribution towards the success of the awards.