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Chairman's new women pledge

Wealden Business Group's new chairman Simon Hammond

04 April 2014

The new man at the top of a business networking organisation says he wants more female members to join.

First firm on the rise through loan scheme

DotImpact founder and managing director Amanda Robinson from Kings Hill

03 April 2014

Despite a "hefty" process, a digital marketing agency has become the first company to receive money from interest-free lending project Escalate.

Heating firm wins £3.6m contract

Swale Heating's headquarters in Sittingbourne

03 April 2014

A Kent company has secured work with a UK housing association for nearly 10 years under a new deal.

Charity Bank seeks £190m in deposits from savers

It is hoped the investment will draw more savers to the bank. Picture: Thinkstock

01 April 2014

A bank with a social conscience hopes to attract £190m from its savers by the end of 2018 after receiving a big investment.

Minister defends "cautious" Royal Mail share price

Sevenoaks MP Michael Fallon

01 April 2014

A Kent MP has downplayed findings which say the government's valuation of the Royal Mail could have cost taxpayers £750m.

Pawnbroker calls in administrators

Pawnbrokers Albemarle & Bond is poised to call in administrators

25 March 2014

Dozens of jobs are under threat at four Kent stores owned by troubled lender Albemarle & Bond.


Recruitment firm to leave market

25 March 2014

A Kent-based company is set to withdraw from the ISDX Growth Market after struggling to add value for shareholders.

Credit union offers cheaper alternative to pay day loans

Rev Lesley Jones, project co-ordinator

23 March 2014

The county's first church-based community bank is set to welcome interested visitors.


Closure threat again for ferry operator

MyFerryLink's ship Berlioz

21 March 2014

The future of MyFerryLink is once again uncertain after the Competition Commission announced owners Eurotunnel may have broken merger-control rules.

Solicitor struck off for spending £100k of clients' cash

Patrick Maguire was arrested charged with threatening to damage or destroy property and possessing a bladed article.

20 March 2014

A lawyer who spent thousands of pounds of his clients' money - including to re-pay a personal loan - has been struck off.

The Budget 2014 - LIVE

The Budget 2014

19 March 2014

Reaction to the Budget 2014 and how it will affect Kent.

Garden city in focus for Budget

Developer Land Securities' former vision for a new town at Ebbsfleet

19 March 2014

Kent will be a big feature in Chancellor George Osborne's budget speech as he confirms plans to invest £200m on building 15,000 homes in the county.

We've struck oil... in the Weald

The Weald of Kent

19 March 2014

A picturesque part of Kent is set to become the target of energy firms as an upcoming report outlines huge oil reserves discovered in the area.


Manufacturer plans stock market float

Business Minister Michael Fallon MP (centre) flanked by Polypipe Group’s CEO David Hall and Polypipe Terrain’s Commercial Director Adam Turk following a tour of the Polypipe facilities in Aylesford

18 March 2014

The UK's largest piping maker - with turnover above £300m - intends to join the London Stock Exchange.

Numbers chief mines success

Hadlow College finance director Mark Lumsdon-Taylor with his award for UK financial director of the year. Picture: Manu Palomeque

14 March 2014

A college finance director has been recognised for his work, including plans to regenerate a former east Kent colliery.

Fanning the profits

From left, Waterloo Air Products' business development manager Rachel Roots and finance manager Kate Searles

13 March 2014

An air ventilator manufacturer will be able to double its growth this year after reaching a deal with its bank to keep cashflow running.

The only way is ethics

Creation Healthcare chief executive Dan Ghinns will speak at the ethics seminar

13 March 2014

A new tax and accountancy partnership is hosting a seminar to teach small and medium-sized firms about good practice.

Firm doubles in size after bank deal

From left, Jones FM LLP partner Bradley Jones, NatWest relationship manager Adam Harding and partner Chris Jones at the new office

10 March 2014

A building services company is expanding its workforce and moving into larger offices in a business park after getting financial support.

Take over for Kent nurseries

The Godinton Day Nursery in Ashford, owned by Kinder Nurseries

05 March 2014

The UK's largest childcare provider has taken over a group of private nurseries in the county, caring for more than 1,500 children.

Still time to make a mark

The KEiBA 2014 gala dinner will be in June

04 March 2014

The deadline to enter the Kent Excellence in Business Awards has been extended.

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