Local Radio Day

Our partner Chris Lawson had a great time talking live on air to Uckfield FM’s Tony Williams on the radio this morning.


The station was broadcasting from Tesco’s car park in support of National Local Radio Day.


Lawson Commercial has been a keen supporter of Uckfield FM right from its first days of broadcasting during the Uckfield Festival in the Summer of 2003. In those days the studio was the former popcorn cupboard in the Uckfield Picture House and they were only on air for the 2 weeks of the Festival. Now it broadcasts 24/7 doing a grand job supporting the Uckfield community. Chris is well known for always being up for a chat on various topics on air, a skill not everyone has.

Also there with Tony Williams were several other Uckfield FM presenters including outside events organiser Peter Suter


and breakfast presenter Gary King – with food in hand as usual.


Well done lads!

Contrary to Current Perception Shops Are In Short Supply

It does appear that the internet revolution, whilst having an impact in our High Streets, is not proving as disastrous as some had speculated. There is still a good demand from people wanting units as not everything can be done down a wire. If you look at our local High Streets, particularly in towns like Uckfield, Heathfield and Crowborough, there are actually very few available shops and many that appear to have been on the market a while have other stories. So if you have got a shop that you want to move on, whether it is an existing lease or a new letting, we would love to hear from you.

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Prominent Unit on Bell Lane

Due to the relocation of Howden Joinery from Yeowart Business Centre to the old Trading 4 U premises Lawson Commercial have been instructed to market their old premises.


The unit is prominently located on Bell Lane and offers just under 4,500 sq ft of warehousing with trade counter consent plus some offices. This is a really good trade counter unit and it could be split into two units of around 2,000 sq ft each.


There is easy loading and good parking. Howdens are still in the process of refurbishing prior to vacating but it does offer good, clear space and is available on a new lease at a competitive rent.

More Industrial Buildings Required

Since the recession ended in 2013 business confidence has continued to improve and this has resulted in a good level of demand for commercial property particularly industrial buildings. The result is that when you look at our local industrial estates you will find there is virtually no available workshop or warehouse space. This may lead to a rise in values in due course but the big problem at the moment is that there are lots of successful businesses who would like to move, in many cases to larger premises, but can’t find anywhere to go to locally.

With all the new housing developments proposed over the next 15 – 20 years there is going to be an even greater demand for places for people to work. Hopefully our local planners have given this some consideration and are not expecting everybody to drive up the A22, across the Ashdown Forest, to the Gatwick/Crawley area.

If you are a business thinking of moving, particularly on the industrial front, we have some plots of land for industrial development left at Maresfield although there are now only 7 left. There are new units under construction at Lower Dicker on the Swallow Business Estate and there will be some new units at Holmes Hill near Whitesmith. If you have a unit which is now surplus to requirements or you are moving to another unit and want to move your old unit on then we would be delighted to hear from you.

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Warehouse, Showroom & Offices To Let

We have just been instructed to market this property in a great position right alongside Buxted railway station car park.


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There is a useful ground floor showroom/office/store with a separate side loading door. At 1st floor are good air conditioned offices together with cloakrooms and kitchen.


The whole unit is available at £16,000 pa and offers will be considered.

Noble Wines Moving to Larger Premises in Uckfield

Noble Wines have decided to relocate to larger retail premises further north in the High Street and consequently their existing unit is available.


This shop is ideal for a business that wants to test the local market as a short sub lease is on offer expiring in September 2019. Annual lettings would be considered. The unit offers just under 600 sq ft of trading area plus useful basement storage including a vault as many years ago these premises were a bank. The shop is in a very prominent location in the middle of the High Street almost directly opposite Nationwide Building Society and offers great flexibility.

Flexible Business Space With Offices

We have just been instructed to market a building in Crowborough Hill, Crowborough which includes a large, single storey extension and provides just under 4,500 sq ft of good quality usable space.

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For a business that is involved in market research or telesales this could be ideal with good, big open floor areas which are well lit and air conditioned plus some meeting rooms, offices and conference facilities.

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The property is within a few minutes of Crowborough’s mainline station as well as a Sainsburys Local. A new lease is available and viewing is strongly recommended.

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