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Town becoming 'swamped' by one-bed flats

How New Street could look

06 March 2018

Councillors fear too many one-bedroom flats are being built in a town centre after plans for a new block with no car parking were approved.


Weather does not dampen brewer's results

Shepherd Neame increased sales of its own beers by 4% despite an overall drop off in the market

06 March 2018

Beer and pub company Shepherd Neame increased sales and profits despite the weather affecting the number of people eating out.

Lidl supermarket plans 'could be shelved'

The proposed new Lidl store

06 March 2018

Plans for a new superstore being discussed tonight could be scrapped, after planning officers refused to back the project.


Grants just in time for watchmaking apprentices

The service centre at Watchfinder

06 March 2018

The UK's first watchmaking apprenticeship in a generation should be ready to start by the end of the year after firms secured government funding.

Southeastern launches free wi-fi for passengers

Southeastern trains will offer free wifi from today. Picture: Southeastern

06 March 2018

It might not exactly be on time... but the roll-out of free wi-fi across Southeastern's network has started.


'Illegal immigrants' found stowed away in fruit lorry

Fed up - Gomez boss Jim Parmenter

05 March 2018

A business says the 'worrying increase' in migrants arriving on trucks from the Continent is costing it hundreds of thousands of pounds.


Bosses call time on bingo hall

Mecca Bingo, Ashford

05 March 2018

A town centre bingo hall looks set to close and be demolished after a steady fall in attendances and revenue.


Housing reforms will help solve shortage crisis, says PM

05 March 2018

Developers will face action if they hoard land which has planning permission, Prime Minister Theresa May has warned.


Apprentices 'trump' graduates for salaries

Apprentices who pursue a career in construction earn more than average university graduates, according to the FMB. Picture: Getty Images

05 March 2018

Young people in construction will go on to earn "thousands" more each year after apprenticeships than university graduates, according to research.

Gin maker secures £500k in new crowdfunding bid

Dr Andy Reason is co-founder of Anno Distillers

05 March 2018

A distillery has gained an investment of nearly half a million pounds in a crowdfunding campaign, months after failing in a bid to gain new investors.

You beaut! Giant Aussie store plans revealed

Plans for the site have been revealed. Picture courtesy of Indigo Planning.

05 March 2018

A retailer has revealed plans for a huge new retail park including a 50,000 sq ft DIY store alongside five other retail outlets.


Italian group buys into Channel Tunnel

Atlantia has taken a stake in Eurotunnel owner Getlink

05 March 2018

An Italian infrastructure business has bought a 15% stake in the operator of Eurotunnel for more than €1 billion.

Taking a fresh look at frozen produce

Customers can scoop lose frozen fruit and veg from Field Fare freezers

05 March 2018

The frozen food sector is hotting up with a number of businesses report growing sales as households change the way they eat.

'I am definitely not a shouter'

Lance Batchelor is chief executive of Saga

05 March 2018

A military background has made the chief executive of Saga a quiet consensus leader rather than one who barks orders.

Warning over house-building targets

Councils could lose powers to decide how many homes are built.

04 March 2018

Councils could be stripped of their powers to decide how many houses are built in their area, the government is warning.


Rising fruit and veg prices

Do you get your five a day?

03 March 2018

A Kent MP says the cost of our shopping bills items could go up significantly if action is not taken ahead of Brexit.


Air con company's cool results

Wozair is based at Gillingham Business Park

03 March 2018

A heating, ventilation and air-conditioning manufacturer boosted profits despite a fall in sales after a major acquisition.


New tech helps firms keep close eye on websites

Alex Ford at Space Between demonstrates the bio-metric UX lab

03 March 2018

A digital agency expects to double its turnover thanks to technology which can tell companies where online browsers are looking on their websites.

Breaking sales barriers overseas

Highway Care makes crash barriers

03 March 2018

A crash barrier supplier boosted turnover for the fourth time in five years amid a surge in foreign demand.

Kent business supplies wristbands to the stars

A pass made by ID&C for the NME awards in 2015

02 March 2018

A Kent company making wristbands, lanyards, and passes for major events has supplied some of the county's biggest music awards so far this year.

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