Fledgling businesses get a leg up in the New Enterprise Zone at The Heathfield Show

16th May

Each year, against stiff competition a group of fledgling local businesses win the chance to enjoy a free stand at The Heathfield Show. Located in the New Enterprise Zone, a range of different exhibitors will show off what they do, and give you the opportunity to engage with them. The Heathfield News was offered the chance last year.

Anna White, Co-founder of The Heathfield News explained the business benefits ” It was our first year trading last year and being involved with the Heathfield Show, especially having a stand in the NEZ, gave us a fantastic opportunity to engage with the many thousands of local people who attend the show. The weather was superb last year, and the free photo booth sponsored by Brass Photobooth Co which we had on our stand proved to be hugely popular draw and helped us to increase awareness of our business. I would encourage everyone in the NEZ to make the most of the day, not forgetting to make maximum use of the PR and Social opportunities the show presents. We look forward to meeting you all on the day.”

Here is a run down of the exhibitors you will see in the New Enterprise Zone.


Safe and Secure Storage

indoor storage

Safe and Secure Storage

A family run self-storage company located within easy reach of Heathfield on a beautiful farm between Blackboys and Framfield.

Providing short and long term storage solutions for every type of storage need. They store pretty much anything from household items to business archives to cars and trailers.

Due to the nature of their business, their only ‘movable assets’ are the cupboard storage boxes! They are using their space at the Heathfield show to have a bit of fun with these. “Have you ever seen the video’s on You Tube of people making Transformers out of cardboard boxes? We are going to give it a go. Pop along to see how we get along! “commented one of the team.

Safe and Secure Storage are strong advocates of supporting the local community and hope to take this fantastic opportunity to meet lots of new local people at the show and let them know where they are and what they do.


Hand Forged Hearts

horseshoes made into hearts

Hand Forged Hearts

Hand Forged Hearts was created when farrier Matt Wallis wanted to do something with used horse shoes rather than send them for scrap. After a few hearts were made for friends and family, an enterprise was born. As each piece is individually crafted, personalisation is a speciality.

Hand Forged Hearts can add a personal touch to one of our shoes, or you can send one of your own horse’s shoes for us to create a personalised heart which you can treasure forever.





MJA Wood 

MJA Wood

Mark Austin from MJA Wood is a chartered builder and civil engineer with over 25 yrs experience in large construction projects and innovation. I am also an woodworking fanatic, artist, toy and model maker. Living in the South East of England, he has a long family history in art and craft (detailed below), making toys for my children and innovative design as well as wood turning and sculpture. After hours spent watching his grandfather Capt I.M.Austin a gifted model maker and his grandmother Margaret Austin, a local water colour artist in their workshops and studio, he developed their passion for art and craft which he shares with his family whenever he can.

He loves making toys for his children – “Using this pedigree and knowledge these foundations helped to shape and inspire me to make inspirational heirloom toys. It all started with a rocking horse I made for my eldest daughter called “Speedy” followed by space rockets, marionettes / puzzles (for school projects), go carts and fire engines amongst others.” mark explained.

You will be able to see his innovative designs in wood at the show, including the beautiful wood and resin door pictured.


Young at Heart Community Club

Young at Heart is a community club that aims to help integrate the elderly with primary school children. The inspiration for Young at Heart came through the TV series “Old People’s Home for 4 year olds” set in Bristol and Nottingham.  Young at Heart is “not for profit” and was started last May with the help of Rob Laughton.  They have the beautiful location of Heathfield Park Cricket Club with outstanding views to the Downs to use for the club.  Young at Heart is run from 10am-4pm and they have had a very  response from the following schools all of whom visit on a rotational basis – Dallington, Broad Oak, Maynards Green, All Saints and St Richard’s, Skippers Hill, Bricklehurst and Little Tinkers Nursery School.

They are open on a Tuesday and Thursday with each morning offering crafts to make or baking and singing respectively.  A delicious  home cooked lunch with choice of dishes is provided.  The children join in during the afternoon and bring their reading books to be heard to read by members.  If the school have a topic they are working on the club can assist or alternatively they organise activities to suit both generations.  From 3-4pm members enjoy a choice of home baked cake and tea.  Organiser Rachel explained: “Our aim is to host a Monday-Friday week.  Transport is provided for those without.  We are offering a “just lunch” option for those with their own transport.  It is a free “trial” session!  ”

Please contact Rachel to find out more: 07971 032667.

Bathtime Surprise

Sophie recently set up Bathtime Surprise. It all started when her eldest son, Joshua, expressed a wish to work and earn money of his own with the goal being to buy an octopus toy from Knockhatch.

They decided to make bath bombs to sell with a surprise toy inside (dinosaurs or sea creatures). Both sons, Joshua and Jacob have been part of every aspect of the business, from choosing scents and colours to wrapping the finished product and designing labels. All their bath bombs are made with natural ingredients and pure essential oils, so are both good for the skin and make bathtime fun!

Sophie explained:”The Heathfield Show is our  first show selling direct to the public, we hope our lovely customers will give us fresh inspiration in terms of scents and toys,  as well as buying lots of the products we will be selling on the day!”