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National retailer opens new branch

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

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

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

10 February 2018

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

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Juice maker doubles sales

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

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

07 February 2018

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

Oyster racks deemed legal after probe

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

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.

Activity week marks market's 750th birthday

07 February 2018

A week of events and activities will be held over half term to mark one of the county's oldest market's birthdays.

Budget chain coming to town

07 February 2018

Bargain-hunters are expected to descend as discount retailer Poundstretcher opens its newest branch in Kent next week.

It’s still one team, one dream

07 February 2018

A retail boss has taken the boutique shop founded by her mother 66 years ago into a global online luxury children’s clothes store.

Mercedes rev up for apprenticeship event

07 February 2018

Mercedes Benz will be among the businesses offering careers to young people at a new apprenticeship exhibition.

Town centre spot sold for £3m

05 February 2018

A prominent town centre spot previously home to a farming retailer could become 160 apartments after being sold for £3m.

Small and simple idea proves to be a life-saver

03 February 2018

Aid packages delivered by parachute have been saving lives in the storm-hit Caribbean after being developed in Kent.

Paper firm smells the coffee

03 February 2018

The backlash over disposable coffee cups has vindicated a paper merchant’s move into food packaging as it targets a return to profit.

Morrisons to cut management jobs

01 February 2018

Britain's fourth largest supermarket Morrisons is to cut 1,500 manager roles as it becomes the latest retailer to shake up its staff structure.

Napkin maker’s growth in Asia

01 February 2018

A napkin and Christmas cracker maker is eyeing potential takeovers after growth in Asian markets.

Traders angry at call for brand stores

31 January 2018

An MP is facing a backlash from independent traders after suggesting a shopping mall with big brands be built on a derelict site.

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