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Toothpaste maker cleaning up as profits rise

Church & Dwight makes Arm & Hammer toothpaste in Folkestone

02 March 2018

A jump in profits put a shine on the annual results of the company behind Arm & Hammer toothpaste.


Instrument string manufacturer to the stars to celebrate 60 years

Jason How is the CEO of Rotosound

01 March 2018

A global guitar string manufacturer behind the sound of some of the biggest British rock bands is celebrating 60 years since the business’s inception.

Toys R Us goes into administration

The Toys R Us store in Horsted Retail Park, Chatham

28 February 2018

Toy giant Toys R Us has collapsed into administration, affecting workers in two stores in Kent.


Jobs at risk as Maplin enters administration

The opening of the new Maplin store in Sittingbourne

28 February 2018

Electrical retailer Maplin, which has stores across Kent, has gone into administration.


Bargain hunters queue for brr..and new store

People queued in -2c temperatures to be the first into the new pound store. Picture: Yav Zare

28 February 2018

Shoppers queued in freezing temperatures to be the first into a new pound store in Kent.


Investors line up for scoop of vegan ice cream

Perfect World Ice Cream has raised more than £148,000

27 February 2018

A vegan ice cream company which is stocked in Ocado and Tesco has smashed its target for new investment in a crowdfunding campaign.

Coach firm and engraver merge

South East Coachworks has merged with Gordon Engraving

26 February 2018

A vintage bus and coach restoration company has merged with an historic engraving firm.

BAE operating profits down

BAE Systems' base in Rochester

22 February 2018

Defence giant BAE Systems has reported a drop in operating profits after a hit to its cyber security business.

Single mum signs deal with Tesco to sell her fruit crisps

Nimisha Raja with some of her fruit crisps

18 February 2018

A single mother who dreamed of creating healthy snacks for children has just clinched a deal to sell her fruit crisps at Tesco.


Popular shopping centre bought by local council

The Whitefriars shopping centre in Canterbury.

14 February 2018

A council has splashed out £75 million on a major shopping centre as an 'investment for the future"


National retailer opens new branch

Mayor Colin Prescott, Pamela Prescott and staff at the opening of the Sittingbourne store

14 February 2018

The newest branch of a budget chainstore opened for the first time today, attracting large crowds of bargain-hunters.


Chocolate factory set to close after 40 years

The factory in Tunbridge Wells will cease production next month

13 February 2018

A world-renowned chocolatier which provides sweet treats to the Queen is set to close its Kent factory after 40 years of production.


Sisters use their craft skills to open artisan shop

 From left, Sonia Gardner and her sister, Zena, both Business Partners, at the Grand Opening of The Octopuss Garden in Sittingbourne High Street

11 February 2018

Sisters have become business partners by opening their own artisan gift shop in the town centre.


Work starts on new Aldi store

An Aldi store could open in Deal by July 2019

10 February 2018

Diggers have moved onto land in a Kent town as construction of an 18,500 sq ft store gets underway.


Juice maker doubles sales

The Juice Executive and Think Press managing director Alexandra Auger

09 February 2018

A juice maker has broken the £1 million turnover barrier for the first time.

Kardashian boost for Bluewater

08 February 2018

Bluewater got a huge publicity boost tonight when celebrity Kim Kardashian tweeted pictures of the shopping centre to her 58 MILLION followers.


Controversial hotel plans approval

The Tollgate Hotel, in Watling Street, Gravesend.

08 February 2018

Highly controversial plans to tear down a dilapidated hotel and build a petrol station in its place have been approved.


Plans for 'striking' new supermarket to be unveiled

Developers say the proposed store will have a striking design.

07 February 2018

Proposals to build a new supermarket are to go on display to the public.


Oyster racks deemed legal after probe

The racks will be staying

07 February 2018

Controversial oyster racks have been deemed safe to stay after an investigation over alleged licensing issues concluded this week.

Town centre music shop to close

The Music Shop will close

07 February 2018

A business owner says she is saddened to be closing a town centre music shop, but will be taking time off to recover from a long illness.

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