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Toys R Us to close Kent store

The Toys R Us store in Horsted Retail Park, Chatham

04 December 2017

Toys R Us has confirmed it plans to close one of its stores in Kent as part of proposals to shut at least 26 nationally, putting 800 jobs at risk.


New cashpot for community causes

Kent Community Foundation has launched a £1.6m loan fund

04 December 2017

A £1.6 million fund has been launched offering loans to charities and social enterprises in Kent.

Packaging designer wraps up award for fourth year

Lemon Creative director Drew Selman, right, receives the Solutions Award for packaging

04 December 2017

A design agency which counts model maker Hornby among its clients picked up an award for its packaging for the fourth straight year.

People will 'starve' if foreign fruit pickers shut out

Frazer Thompson of Chapel Down

04 December 2017

The boss of winemaker Chapel Down says people will starve if a Brexit deal is not agreed to allow free movement of labour for foreign fruit pickers.


How Peter Pan show almost ended in Neverland

Amelia Lily as Tinkerbell and Lloyd Daniels as Peter Pan, appearing at Maidstone Studios this Christmas

04 December 2017

Panto wars have descended on the county as a disagreement leaves a bitter taste between two productions in the same town.

£8bn claims for crossing ‘pure fantasy’

The original artist's impression of the proposed tunnel at Option C of the Lower Thames Crossing

04 December 2017

Claims that the Lower Thames Crossing will deliver £8bn of revenue and 6,000 jobs to Kent have been dismissed as 'pure fantasy' by one campaign group.


Profits decimated as solar industry put ‘on its knees’

Moss Electrical is a wholesaler

04 December 2017

An electrical wholesaler which supplies solar panels had its profits decimated after the government removed renewable energy subsidies.

Developers rue 'missed opportunity'

Stamp duty will be abolished for first-time buyers on the first £300,000 of properties worth up to £500,000

04 December 2017

Housebuilders believe the Chancellor’s measures to boost the housing market will amount to nothing unless he makes it easier for them to do their job.

McDonald's bacon shortage hits Kent

This sign was posted in the drive-thru at the Hermitage Lane restaurant

02 December 2017

The McDonald's bacon shortage has reached Kent - meaning some breakfasts have been dropped from the menu.


Shock redundancies at Saga leave 100 jobless

Saga has made around 100 of its employees redundant

02 December 2017

Shock redundancies at Saga have left around 100 people jobless just before Christmas.


Discount store to host bargains day at grand opening

Hundreds queued outside Poundstretcher when it opened in Sheerness

02 December 2017

Discount chain Poundstretcher has confirmed it will be opening a branch next year, creating 25 jobs.


Green light for £100m motorway junction

The M20 between junction 9 and 10 at Ashford.

01 December 2017

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has given final approval for work to start on a proposed multi-million pound new motorway junction to ease traffic.


Gin distillery given royal approval

01 December 2017

Princess Anne officially opened a Kent gin distillery and had a taste of its tipple.


Post-Brexit customs checks 'completely on track'

Delays heading to the Port of Dover. Library image.

01 December 2017

The new customs checks system for after Brexit is "completely on track", according to a senior civil servant.


Political group oppose plans for new civic complex

The Tunbridge Wells Labour group say they oppose the plans for a Civic Complex

01 December 2017

Plans for a new Civic Complex complete with council offices, a theatre and underground car park have come under fire.

Shooting boss ordered to pay back £1.2m

Peter Duffield has been ordered to pay back £1.2m in three months

01 December 2017

A Kent gun club boss must pay back £1.2m in three months or face eight years in jail after dodging tax.


Deputy Mayor told not to go to Cinderella's ball

The Deputy Mayor Dave Naghi

01 December 2017

The rivalry between Maidstone's competing pantos continues as council cancels deputy mayor's invitation over "clash of interests."


Fire-ravaged Tesco to re-open

The revamped Tesco Express store is set to re-open

01 December 2017

A Tesco Express store that was destroyed by an arson attack is set to welcome back customers this weekend.

Pair awarded for success after head-on collision

AM Marketing founder Amy McManus cuts the cake on its third birthday last year, watched by husband and business partner Brad

01 December 2017

A husband and wife who grew their business together despite treatment following a serious car crash have been awarded for triumphing over adversity.

Office and industrial plan gets green light

Protesters outside the Town Hall

30 November 2017

Councillors have approved an outline application for office, warehouse and light industrial development on a controversial site.

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