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Why Choose An Industrial Estate To Site Your Business…

Monday, July 31st, 2017

There are many advantages to running your business from a rural Industrial Estate. Here are some of the key  factors that have attracted new businesses to join us in Small Dole:

  1. Infrastructure – An industrial estate is often already well equipped with fast broadband, excellent security, accessible services and easy transport. An established estate will have made sure these provisions are in place for their existing tenants and will always be looking for opportunities to ensure the offering for new tenants is competitive and meets their needs.
  2. Transport Gains – Most industrial estates have had to consider very carefully where they are placed geographically, with easy access to main roads and ideally being short distances from airports, ports and major motor ways. If you are lucky enough to find an empty unit on an estate in a good location, it should be straightforward to tap in to whatever traffic network you need to run your business effectively. A well designed rural estate will also mean that you do not have to tolerate delays getting on and off site, as you would on town centre units or on ring road estates.
  3. Economies of Scale – Generally speaking, there will be savings in maintenance and repairs and in service provision due the volume of businesses all needing the same types of support. On-site mobile car valeting, local catering vans, local IT support and mobile windscreen repair / tyre replacement all offer our tenants good deals as a result of being able to deal with a number of businesses on each visit.
  4. Support Functions – Given the variety of businesses on most industrial estates, it can be very beneficial to make arrangements with other tenants who effectively become useful suppliers and customers. We have everything from clothes manufacturers, precision parts manufacturers, kitchen designers, toy suppliers and alloy wheel refurbishment that cooperate with each other where there are mutual needs. This also works when some tenants occasionally need to borrow car parking space, sub-let storage or just need some help that would be hard to find off-site.
  5. Local Support – On an established estate like Mackleys, there are usually good relations with local parishioners and councillors as a result of working together on mutually beneficial planning issues. Locally, the jobs that having an industrial estate can provide also enhances the relationship. This also gives a good pool of local talent to recruit from and makes for stronger joint-opposition to issues where it becomes useful.
  6. Security – Being a long term tenant on an industrial estate is akin to living in a tight community for your whole life. Tenants look out for each other and often there will usually be one or two businesses running 24 hours which means there is a constant presence. This is a deterrent to opportunists and provides many more eyes and ears on the rare occasion something does go wrong. Mackley Industrial Estate also has CCTV and Automatic Number Plate Recognition so on top of eye witnesses and an observant population we have definite re-course to deal with anti social behaviour and theft. This is the minimum a well-run estate should be able to offer it’s tenants.
  7. The setting – Not many people get to look out over a national park, enjoy an on-site wild pond and are bordered on three sides by ancient woodland. The peace, the wildlife and the fresh air that comes with being situated on an out-of-town business premises can really enhance your working life. It also lends itself to a lovely commute of you are lucky enough to live locally enough to walk or cycle to work.


We already know there are many advantages to being part of a rural industrial estate and at Mackleys in particular, we enjoy the benefits of a rigorous transport infrastructure set in a beautiful location.

Come and see for yourself what a rural estate can offer you, your employees and your growing business!



Mayoral Bike Ride – Update

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

For those of you that were involved or are interested, the mayoral bike ride went very well this weekend with 140 cyclists taking part in the end.

The weather held out and the mayor will be updating us with the fundraising total in due course, but in the mean time, here is a link to the ITV news piece about the event:

Click here for more info


John Francis Mackley

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

John Francis Mackley sadly passed away last week after a hard fight with a cruel illness. Below is the tribute paid to him by his friends and colleagues from J.T Mackley & Co where he spent most of his professional life. It is so fitting and heartfelt that we have simply put it here in its entirety. John Mackley, May 1947 – Nov 2015 It is with much regret and sadness that we have to inform you that John Mackley, the company’s former Managing Director and Chairman, passed away on the afternoon of Thursday 19 November 2015, aged 68. John and his family and their parents and grandparents had owned and managed the company since it was founded in the 1920’s. John was an active member of the business, as Managing Director until 2004 and as Chairman since then, until the decision was made to sell the company to Van Oord in 2014 in order to secure its future and that of its employees. Although suffering from a debilitating condition, John continued to support the family’s ownership and management of the Mackley Industrial Estate until very recently. Many of you will be aware that John had been fighting Motor Neurone Disease for the past four years and for a while we all thought he had the disease on the ropes, but over the past twelve months it had managed to get the better of him and on his passing we lost a really warm genuine guy who had mentored many of us over the years and who always put people at the heart of this business. John loved this business and he took enormous satisfaction from watching the company grow and succeed in tackling very complex and high risk projects. He had great affinity with all those who worked on site and he liked nothing better than to visit our projects and chat with everyone involved. He was also very active outside of the business and his life was enriched by the many pursuits that he took up and the friends that he acquired on the way. Our deepest and heartfelt thoughts and sympathies go to his wife Diane and his son James and daughter Danya and their families, his sister Sally and John’s cousin Tony Mackley, and their respective families, and his many friends and acquaintances. He was a friend to us all and we will all miss him deeply. John’s funeral will be held at Worthing Crematorium on Thursday 3rd December at 11am followed by a wake at Sussex Yacht Club, Brighton Road, Shoreham-by-Sea, BN43 6RF. Donations please to Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) or RNLI , through Chalcrafts Funeral Directors, Chequers Yard, Steyning, West Sussex BN44 3RE.



Small Dole Summer Show

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Small Dole Summer Show will this year be held on Saturday August 15th from 1.30pm to 5.30pm.

With stalls, amusements, demonstrations, and the displays of all the wonderful entries it is sure to be a glorious afternoon.

More details to follow but in the mean time, keep the day free and good luck with your marrows!


Small Dole Summer Fayre - July 2015

Perfect Visions Ltd

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

We have been receiving a number of calls and letters from concerned members of the public checking whether the above named company operates from our Industrial Estate.

We can categorically confirm that they have been fraudulently using our address on their website and we have NO knowledge of them at all. Also, they do not appear on the register of Ltd companies at Companies House.

They are not a tenant of ours, they do not have (and have never had) a unit here and we cannot vouch for them.

We have duly reported them to Companies House for being in breach of the Companies Act and to Action-Fraud and Trading Standards for fraudulently using our address.

Whilst we cannot comment on the legitimacy of their operation, we would offer a few words of caution to any consumer:

1) Never pay for a retail transaction by bank transfer

2) Always check you can contact the business directly if you want to buy from them – especially if they are not a name you recognise

3) If in doubt, walk away.