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Cheers to more hot weather!

David Grey, owner of Meopham Valley Vineyard, with some of his wines.

21 July 2013

Rising temperatures will mean a bumper crop for Meopham Valley Vineyard.

Tesco submits plans to breathe life into 'derelict' parts of Dartford

Lowfield Street, Dartford, where Tesco has plans to build a new supermarket

18 July 2013

A multi-million pounds scheme to transform Dartford town centre is finally taking shape... after 11 years and four planning applications.

Mystery buyer puts in bid for prime retail site

The Royal Star Arcade in the centre of Maidstone

14 July 2013

The Royal Star Arcade in Maidstone poised to change hands - but at a massive £8m loss in just six years

Next’s hopes of building a large store outside of the town centre have been thrown into doubt

An artist's impression of the new Next store on the outskirts of Maidstone

08 July 2013

Next’s hopes of building a large store outside of the town centre have been thrown into doubt, despite receiving planning permission.

Looking to win the regeneration game

Man with a plan... Cllr Malcolm Greer

05 July 2013

Councillor sets sights on one of Maidstone's busiest streets as town centre revamp continues.

Next faces opposition from town centre businessman

01 July 2013

Opponents of the new Next store off junction 7 of the M20 say the chain should have used empty space in the town centre instead.

Tesco store plans under threat

A CGI image of what the Tesco on the Herne Bay Golf Club development would have looked like if it had gone ahead

24 June 2013

Doubts have been cast over plans for a Tesco on the outskirts of a Kent seaside town after developers stalled a planning application.

Debbie’s creating a stir with chocolate business

21 June 2013

Dieting Debbie Carter battles temptation every day – she makes and sells her own chocolates, and they’re going down big in Parliament.

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.

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