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Buy-to-let investors 'swallowing unpleasant cocktail'

Fergus Wilson's lettings criteria is being considered by a court.

08 December 2017

The chief executive of the county’s largest buy-to-let lender has attacked government policy for squeezing the income of amateur landlords.

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New store set to open

Ashford Outlet Picture: Tony Flashman

07 December 2017

A new shop will be opening in this popular shopping centre.

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Civic Centre proposals get the go-ahead

An artist's impression of the proposed civic centre from Calverley Grounds

07 December 2017

Councillors will press ahead with proposals for an £86 million civic centre and theatre scheme.

An inconvenience truth: Hopes for store dashed

Heron Fields, Great Easthall in Sittingbourne

07 December 2017

People’s hopes of having a shop they were promised before buying their homes were dashed following a government ruling.

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Development consultants announced

The Vic will be demolished when work begins

07 December 2017

The lead consultants for a multi-million pound scheme have been appointed.

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Paper mill owner's global revenues tip £2.8bn

Giant rolls of paper from DS Smith's Kemsley Paper Mill are also sent to neighbouring Knauf, which makes plaster-board

07 December 2017

The owner of a paper mill in the county has boosted turnover and operating profits as online shopping boosts demand for packaging.

Shoppers queue to be first in at new Lidl store

Customers pour in to find the best bargains

07 December 2017

Dozens of eager customers poured in to a new Lidl store in Kent this morning.

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Indian restaurant fined £15,000 over illegal workers

The Shozna in Maidstone Road, Rochester

07 December 2017

An Indian restaurant's licence will be reviewed after illegal employees were found working there.

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Stuttering start for Kent's rival to Bitcoin

Bitcoin is an established cryptocurrency. Picture: BTC Keychain

07 December 2017

A start-up which aimed to launch a rival to Bitcoin has suffered a barrage of criticism from frustrated users after allegations it had been “hacked”.

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BBC to fund two KM Group reporters

The Kent Messenger Group

07 December 2017

One of the world's biggest news organisations is to fund democracy reporters for local media organisations, including the KM Group.

School catering business sells up

The Contract Dining Company serves more than 8,000 school meals a day

07 December 2017

The owner of a company which supplies 8,000 meals a day to 53 schools has sold the business so she can retire.

Fleet take next step

The Swanscombe End terracing Picture: Barry Goodwin

07 December 2017

Work to treble the capacity of this terrace is due to begin in less than five weeks.

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Anyone fancy a four-hour working day?

06 December 2017

The evolution of robots could mean working just four-hour days in future, according to research.

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Former Woolworths bought for £2m by hotel bosses

Former Woolworths in Margate. Pic: Google street views

06 December 2017

A former high street Woolworths has been bought by hotel owners for nearly two million.

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Supreme Court stops scheme for 600-plus homes

Farthingloe, Dover, saved from a 600-plus housing development. Picture: CPRE Kent

06 December 2017

Plans to build hundreds of homes on a beauty spot have been stopped in a court ruling.

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"Thank you for ruining our business"

The parking bays outside the shops were blocked

06 December 2017

A small business has hit out at Virgin Media after parking bays outside their shop were blocked, which they say meant they had fewer customers.

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Retailers going Christmas crackers

Kate Howard, owner of Aunties Treasures, with her festive stall

06 December 2017

Retailers have transformed one Kent town in the run up to the big day.

Tallest chandelier in Europe?

The chandelier at Hythe Imperial Hotel

06 December 2017

An 11-metre ornament built by a Kent company is the crowning glory of a multi-million-pound hotel refurbishment.

Saga warns on profits days after job cuts

Saga's offices in Sandgate, near Folkestone

06 December 2017

Over-50s holiday and insurance business Saga has issued a profit warning days after it told about 100 staff they will be made redundant.

Housebuilder looks to boom after bust

Countryside south division managing director Iain McPherson at St Mary's Island in Chatham Maritime

06 December 2017

Countryside will ramp up development in Kent over the next five years and insists it can expand towards the east as the sector makes up for lost time.

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