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Spend 10% and 50% will stay with the local economy, shop owners say

Kate Joy of Harper's gift shop, Maidstone

20 June 2013

Celebrate Independents' Month by shopping with local businesses, say traders in Maidstone.

Council's urgent plea... for 1,200 elf hats!

An elf sporting a green hat, similar to those sought by Gravesham council.

19 June 2013

Bosses at a Kent council are looking for someone to supply them with 1,200 elf hats in time for Christmas.

Newsagent turns to the USA for inspiration

17 June 2013

Sweet success as Kent businessman imports root beer, Tootsie Rolls, Oh Henry and Lucky Charms to improve takings

Next gets go-ahead for controversial store

17 June 2013

139 jobs promised as £9m out-of-town shop gets green light despite opposition

Management buyout at £12m Kent company

Management buyout at Chemicals and Feeds. From left: Mark Lamb (Chantry Velacott DFK), Jackie Belfrage (Chemicals and Feeds), Debbie Clarke (CV Capital) and Martin Donnelly (Chemicals and Feeds)

16 June 2013

Joint directors take controlling stake in leading distributor of animal feeds

£1 million plans to buy empty shops in town centre

Sittingbourne High Street

13 June 2013

Swale council and the Spirit of Sittingbourne group have joined forces in a new move to boost the high street.

Market banners were removed by officials

Dover Bluebird Market banner

06 June 2013

Thieves were not responsible for the disappearance of banners advertising the weekly Bluebird market in Dover after all, it has been revealed.

Tesco unveils Meopham plans

Colin Hargrave

06 June 2013

The manager of Spar, a few doors down from the proposed Tesco, has been collecting signatures on a petition opposing the plans.

Book shop owner is 'devastated' at having to shut down

Nickel Books in High Street, Sittingbourne.

05 June 2013

The town's independent book shop Nickel Books is set to close in October.

Nearly ready!

Inside the new Morrisons store at Neats Court, Queenborough

04 June 2013

Transformation at Neats Court has been progressing at a fast pace since developer LXB Retail Properties and contractor Kier were given access.

Council keen to push ahead with town centre regeneration

The collision happened in Gabriels Hill

03 June 2013

Following the success of the revamp in Maidstone High Street, councillors plan their next step forward

£500,000 plan to help boost town trade

Swale Council

30 May 2013

Plans are in place for the formation of a new company to help kick-start the town’s regeneration.

One in five high street shops could close, warns retail expert

28 May 2013

Dover's town centre shops, already hit hard by the recession, could be heading for more problems, according to the latest research.

Husband-and-wife business takes national crown

22 May 2013

A high-tech opticians has seen national glory for the second year in a row

World class success for Chapel Down Winery

Chapel Down Winery

20 May 2013

Tenterden-based Chapel Down took home three gold medals and a prestigious ‘best in class’ trophy at the international Decanter World Wine Awards 2013

Pawnbroker hits back at criticism of high-interest loans

20 May 2013

A pawnbroker whose firm was criticised for comparing gold with sweets has hit back saying that they provided a service for those in debt.

Traders urge Government to abandon cigarette plans

Jason Turner of JK Village Stores

20 May 2013

Shop owners are urging the government to scrap plans for plain packaging on cigarettes to stop counterfeit packets being sold.

Thousands of jobs to be created as Bluewater expands

Bluewater shopping centre. Picture: Nick Thornton

20 May 2013

Bluewater has been given the go ahead for a 20% expansion.

Mary Portas in Margate - viewers' reaction

Mary Portas, "Queen of Shops"

15 May 2013

Mary Portas' long-awaited programme detailing her attempts to revive Margate screened last night, but what was the reaction?

Ecoegg set to clean up for Kent inventor

Queen of Clean Kim Woodburn with inventor, Rob Knight

06 May 2013

A green”laundry washing product invented in Kent and backed by Queen of Clean Kim Woodburn is set for sales growth after landing a deal with Tesco.

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