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Toasting success but not riches

Viticultural consultant Stephen Skelton at Sandhurst Vineyards

31 August 2017

The man behind the planting of 40 vineyards across Kent over four decades says the industry is healthy but a long way from making anyone super rich.

Return duty free sales after Brexit, say MPs

The Eastern docks at the Port of Dover

31 August 2017

Duty free sales on travel to and from Europe must return after Brexit, two local MPs say.


Polytunnel row could cost farm £574,000

Salmans Farm manager Oli Pascall

30 August 2017

A fruit grower is locked in a planning battle which could cost hundreds of thousands of pounds if it cannot keep using polytunnels to protect crops.


VW scandal taints sales growth

The emissions scandal at VW hampered sales of the brand for Motorline. Picture: The Car Spy

30 August 2017

The Volkswagen emissions scandal and a corporate restructure put the brakes on profits at a car retailer despite another year of growing sales.

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.

Lack of farm investment will 'curtail growth'

Farmers are holding back on investments because of Brexit, says the CLA's Kent branch chairman

29 August 2017

Investment in farming is slowing down amid uncertainty over Brexit, putting businesses at risk, according to a leading Kent rural expert.

Dover calling

Topper Headon, with store manager Simon Taylor, opens the new-look Co-op in River. Picture: Co-operative Group

29 August 2017

Ex-Clash drummer Topper Headon has opened a new-look Co-op store in his home district.


Administrators sell KWG wool division

KWG's site in Tannery Lane, Ashford

24 August 2017

A troubled farming retailer has had its wool-handling operations sold off as it seeks a buyer for the rest of the business.


Record harvest 'ruined by weather'

It has been a difficult year for arable farmers in Kent

24 August 2017

Heavy rain has caused havoc with the harvest for many wheat growers in Kent.

New TV deal as Tour de France boosts web traffic

Watchfinder is sponsoring ITV 4's coverage of La Vuelta a España after experiencing a 30% spike in web traffic from supporting the Tour de France

24 August 2017

A pre-owned watch retailer is sponsoring coverage of a major cycling race after enjoying a spike in web traffic from supporting the Tour de France.

Designer fashion shop closes

Zee & Co in Maidstone High Street has closed down

23 August 2017

A designer fashion outlet has closed its doors after more than 20 years in a Kent town.


Deliveroo launches in another Kent town

Deliveroo operates in Canterbury, Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks and Maidstone

22 August 2017

Food delivery service Deliveroo will launch in another Kent town today.


Petrol station revamped

Stock picture.

17 August 2017

A petrol garage will reopen after a refurbishment.


Hundreds of jobs lost as company goes bust

Southern Salads is based in Tonbridge. Picture: Instant Street View

16 August 2017

A family-run firm that supplied fresh salads to supermarkets, restaurants and travel chains across the UK has suddenly ceased trading.


National chain coming to town

Sheerness High Street

16 August 2017

A national retailer will fill an empty high street unit left by Store Twenty One.


Farming firm goes into administration

The KWG site in Tannery Lane, Ashford

15 August 2017

A farming retailer has gone into administration after nearly 100 years of trading, citing a downturn in retail and account sales.

Kitchen maker cooks up moving plans

Traditional Bespoke Furniture make tailored kitchens. Stock image

15 August 2017

A kitchen making company is eyeing a move into bigger premises after landowners submitted a planning application to convert a barn.

Third Aldi to open within weeks

Ambley Road, Gillingham. Pic: Google Maps

14 August 2017

A new supermarket will open on a business park next month, creating 30 jobs.


Man aims to create next best folding bike

Stuart Lambert, business founder and product designer with design engineer Alex Kalogroulis

14 August 2017

Stuart Lambert who has spent thousands designing a new compact folding bicycle is finally ready to take it to production.


Sweet success in blind tasting

Fudge Kitchen managing director Sian Holt

14 August 2017

A fudge maker and ice cream producer have picked up a host of awards at a blind-taste testing at the world’s largest food and drink awards.

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