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Why firms don't report crime

Police are cracking down on crime. Picture: Thinkstock

03 May 2016

New research has found 38% of small firms are not reporting crimes against their business because they do not think it would lead to prosecutions.

Apprentices prompt 'lively' lunch

Niamh Sindall, left, and Jasmine Cooper of Mapleston Noakes School on the Morgan Sindall stand at KentChoices Live 2016

03 May 2016

Giving feedback to the Government on the role of apprenticeships has proved a big talking point with bosses.

The budget: What did it do for savers?

Businesses in Kent can apply for a loan from a £200 million fund set up for the county by HSBC

13 April 2016

Now the dust has settled, the pros and cons are emerging of measures like the lifetime ISA.

Commercial estate agent or residential estate agent?

With your commercial property, specialist help will be invaluable in securing the right deal for you.

05 April 2016

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Can negative rates yield positive growth?

Can negative interest rates yield positive growth?

04 April 2016

The theory is banks will be more likely to lend funds to businesses and consumers but will introducing negative interest rates do that in practice?

Enemies united in kitchen workshop

Rosemary Shrager

04 April 2016

A leaders' lunch with celebrity chef Rosemary Shrager had a remarkable affect on rival bosses.

Trying to avoid EU analysis fatigue

The EU referendum was the single most important vote in a generation.

31 March 2016

There is a danger business people will get tired of the debate on whether Britain should stay in or our of the EU.

Prison visit was an education

East Sutton Park Women's Prison in Maidstone

31 March 2016

Inmates at a women's only prison are being given skills to get them back into work.

Are you prepared for quarterly tax reports?

HMRC could force businesses to file quarterly tax information

31 March 2016

All small businesses and the self-employed could have to move from annual tax returns to a mandatory quarterly digital tax reporting by 2020.

Knackered, naked or just in need of some help with their English?

Some nurses at Maidstone Hospital struggled with slang used by patients

09 March 2016

Nurses working in Kent hospitals have been taking English courses to help them understand the slang words used by patients.

Solving our skills crisis

We need to develop our own young people urgently

16 February 2016

A lack of trained workers is holding back productivity and dampening what could be an extraordinary period of growth and prosperity.

I’ve got a second brain, no worries!

Roseanna Austen sent abusive messages to former neighbours. Picture: Thinkstock Image Library

15 February 2016

Creating a list of things to do gives your brain the freedom to do the thing it is good at - solving your work problems.

'Business has to step up' amid pay increases

The national living wage will be a challenge for small businesses

10 February 2016

The Chancellor's aim to create a "higher wage, lower welfare" society sounds good but presents challenges for small business.

The future’s rent

Build-to-rent schemes are popular in Europe and the US and is beginning in the UK

09 February 2016

Build-to-rent schemes are set to become a growing phenomenon as we shift from a nation of homeowners to renters.

I’m delighted by Option C progress

Dartford Crossing from the Essex Side looking towards Dartford. Picture: Simon Burchett

05 February 2016

Although it is more expensive, the planned route for the Lower Thames Crossing brings the biggest long-term benefit, writes Jo James.

Savers turn to the markets

Investors can learn to trade the financial markets using spread betting

01 February 2016

As the pensions industry faces uncertainty, many ordinary people are turning to financial spread betting to get a return on their cash.


'Landlords will just raise rent'

Will landlords increase rents amid higher costs, making it harder for first-time buyers?

04 January 2016

New measures to curb buy-to-let landlords will push owning a home further out of the reach of first-time buyers, says a housing expert.

If you can’t change you’ll be left behind

Criminals have failed to pay more than £22 million to courts in Kent. Stock image

04 January 2016

Small businesses have to adapt to challenges like the introduction of auto-enrolment workplace pensions this year.

How did I do with last year’s targets?

The new year is a good time to consider targets for the future

04 January 2016

The new year is a time to consider strategies for the 12 months ahead but what is the key to setting achievable goals?

Training the business leaders of tomorrow

The impact of training can lift annual budgets by 2% to 3%

04 January 2016

Investing in staff is a sure-fire way to improve the productivity of your company, so why do many firms shy away from it?

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