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Insurance broker returns to profit

Aston Scott's headquarters in West Malling

02 May 2017

An insurer has returned to the black as it continues to hunt for takeovers.

Bank's £7.5m losses before sale

Duncan Lawrie's offices in Wrotham Place

27 April 2017

Private bank Duncan Lawrie has left a huge dent in the finances of its former owner after its decision to split and sell off the institution.

Insurer reveals profits days after job cuts

Towergate's head office at Eclipse Park in Maidstone

27 April 2017

Insurance business Towergate has revealed it boosted profitability and income last year – days after announcing 133 job losses.

Swinton to cut 900 jobs

Swinton Insurance has a branch in Maidstone

26 April 2017

Insurance group Swinton has earmarked 84 branches for closure as its customers move online.


Insurance giant announces redundancy plans

Towergate's headquarters in Maidstone

25 April 2017

An insurer is to cut back its central finance teams, putting 133 jobs at risk.


Lawyer makes record number of promotions

Lyn Stronghill has been promoted to head of finance, which is equivalent to partner status

11 April 2017

A law firm has announced a 19 promotions across its legal and business services team, including two new partners.

Merger creates £33m accountancy

Kreston Reeves has three offices in Kent

10 April 2017

Accountancy firm Kreston Reeves is to merge with a London practice a year after it completed the takeover of another rival.

Lloyds to close Kent branches

The Lloyds Bank branch in New Ash Green

05 April 2017

Lloyds Banking Group has announced it is pulling out of four towns in Kent as part of 100 branch closures, resulting in over 200 job losses.


Bank profits grow 29%

Kent Reliance Building Society transferred its business to new bank OneSavings Bank, which trades as Kent Reliance, in 2011

16 March 2017

The owner of Kent Reliance grew its underlying pre-tax profits to £137 million last year.

Taxes up for 'not taking the risks'

The Chancellor upped national insurance payments for the self-employed to tackle the number of people using it for tax benefits without acting as entrepreneurs

14 March 2017

The Chancellor upped taxes for the self-employed to tackle a growing trend of people using the tax advantages without generating growth, say experts.

Broker completes takeover

Aston Scott has completed the acquisition of Bell & Co

14 March 2017

An insurance broker has made its first acquisition of the year and says there are “several others in the pipeline”.

Taxes on the self-employed 'wrong'

Tonbridge and Malling MP Tom Tugendhat

09 March 2017

A Kent MP has urged the government to rethink a proposal announced in the budget to raise National Insurance contributions.

Law firm manages to win

Brachers managing partner Jo Worby collects the award from rugby star Austin Healey, left, and Ben Kent of Meridian West

09 March 2017

A Kent practice saw off competition from national rivals to win the best collaboration prize at the MPF Management Excellence Awards.

Pubs cheer but Chancellor missed 'fundamental issue'

Landlord Dave Savory outside the Style and Winch pub

08 March 2017

Pubs were the big winners from the Spring Budget but many firms said the Chancellor ducked the chance to carry out business rate reforms.

Self-employed accuse Tories of breaking manifesto promises

The Chancellor will increase national insurance payments for the self-employed from next year

08 March 2017

Traders have criticised the Chancellor for increasing national insurance contributions for the self-employed, allegedly breaking a manifesto pledge.


Spring Budget 2017: Live blog

Philip Hammond presented his first and last Autumn Statement, after deciding to scrap the event from 2017

08 March 2017

Follow the first Spring Budget delivered by Chancellor Philip Hammond.


‘I knew I’d regret it if someone else started doing it’

Carl Lincoln has launched personal finance firm Wiser Wealthier

06 March 2017

Young entrepreneur Carl Lincoln was forced to rethink his start-up’s business plan after entering a saturated market place.

Bank to cut opening hours after posting £7bn loss

The RBS branch in Sandgate Road, Folkestone. Picture: Google

03 March 2017

RBS customers told branch opening hours being cut to three days per week later in the year after posting £7bn annual loss last week.


Last chance to enter awards

KEiBA 2017 will be hosted at the Kent Event Centre

03 March 2017

Put your firm “on a pedestal” at the county’s most prestigious business awards – but hurry up as the deadline for entries arrives today.

New boss at law firm

Furley Page's new managing partner Jeremy Licence

02 March 2017

A legal business has appointed a new managing partner as part of a change to its management structure.

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