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First time buyers to be hit by interest rate rise

The Bank of England. Picture: George Rex

02 November 2017

People trying to get onto the housing ladder in Kent will struggle after the Bank of England opted to increase interest rates, investors have warned.

Long-running Saga chairman to step down

Saga chairman Andrew Goodsell has announced he is stepping down

24 October 2017

The man who led the flotation of over-50s specialist Saga on the London Stock Exchange is to retire from the business after 26 years.

Debt firm to float on stock market

Cabot Credit Management has the prestigious 1 Kings Hill Avenue address

23 October 2017

A credit management company has revealed plans to be listed on the London Stock Exchange, which it expects will raise about £195 million.

Bank marks 15 years

Charity Bank celebrated its 15th birthday this week

18 October 2017

Staff gathered at ethical lender Charity Bank to celebrate its 15th birthday.

Takeover at tyre dealer

Watling Tyres is under new ownership

17 October 2017

A £25 million tyre seller and MOT centre business with branches across Kent is under new ownership.

Councillor takes top job at law firm

Cllr Mark Davis has been made senior partner at Warners Solicitors

14 October 2017

A solicitors' practice has elected a councillor to be its senior partner – and hired a new chief executive to lead its strategy.

Towergate owner snaps up insurer

Towergate Group is based in Maidstone

14 October 2017

The parent company of Towergate Insurance is poised to seal the takeover of motorcycle insurer Carole Nash.

Don't forget to spend your last round pounds!

A fall in the value of the pound since the EU referendum has boosted exports

13 October 2017

People across Kent are preparing to ditch their old £1 coins with only days left before they are no longer legal tender.


‘Lawyers deserve a battering’

Outset Group chief executive Jonathan Gauton

06 October 2017

A law firm boss has called for reform in his profession, claiming it is too slow and expensive.

Firm targets national prize

Kent Invicta Chamber chief executive Jo James, RIFT managing director Bradley Post and chairman Jan Post

26 September 2017

A financial company, which claims tax credits for entrepreneurs and small businesses, is heading to a UK awards after winning its regional heat.

Record intake for accountancy apprenticeship

Kreston Reeves has hired a record 32 students and trainees

26 September 2017

A financial advisor has hired a record number of trainees after becoming one of three UK firms to offer new apprenticeships in the profession.

Growth buoys ship building plans

Saga say the redundancies are to make the business more efficient

22 September 2017

Saga, the over-50s holiday and insurance company, remains on track for a fourth straight year of growth as it plans to build two new ships.

Law firm marches westward

Outset Group chief executive Jonathan Gauton, right, shakes hands on the takeover with Nicholas Moore

15 September 2017

A law firm has expanded into the West Country after buying another legal business.

Lender launches in county

Some of the new Ultimate Finance team in Maidstone

14 September 2017

An independent funding business aimed at small and medium-sized companies has opened a new office in the county.


Building society opens in old shoe shop

Nationwide is relocating to the entrance of the County Square Shopping Centre

08 September 2017

A building society is set to open its doors to customers after relocating its branch to a former shoe shop


New partner at £100m deal making firm

Tim Sadka has become a corporate partner at Rix & Kay

05 September 2017

Law firm Rix & Kay has hired a new corporate partner to a team which has completed a dozen big-money deals in the last year.

Teenager teaches investors tricks of financial trading

Jake Lee, 19, a university student who runs his own business, called "Improve Your Future," teaching people to trade on the Forex markets.

31 August 2017

A university student has started his own businesses teaching people to use the foreign markets.


Poor tea prices hit profits

Camellia has tea plantations in India, Kenya and Bangladesh

30 August 2017

Agriculture, engineering and banking group Camellia suffered a decline in profits amid poorer prices for tea in India and Bangladesh.

Debt collector takeover to add £200m

Cabot Credit Management in Kings Hill

25 August 2017

A credit management firm has bought a debt collection agency in a deal which will help boost its annual income by £200 million.

Landlord tax changes boost profits at Kent Reliance owner

Terraced houses in Whitstable

24 August 2017

Buy-to-let lender OneSavings Bank increased profits in the first half of the year as landlords rushed to beat new government regulations.

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