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Crystal clear vision

Alan Lester and Alan Flight of Brightwater Technology with their water purification equipment

03 February 2017

A £90,000 loan helped two friends launch a water treatment business which is attracting a flood of export deals from around the world.

‘Grandad’s workshop’ to worldwide trade

Design engineer Phil Lenney and senior technical manager Max Sheppard testing one of the starters on an engine. Picture: Gary Browne

02 February 2017

A little-known manufacturer is ready to go global with its life-saving product after quietly going about its work for 20 years.

Council poised to reapprove campus

Artists impressions of the planned Kent Medical Campus

31 January 2017

Councillors are expected to give the green light to a large medical campus for the second time, set to bring more than 3,800 jobs.

New boss a year after rescue

Strawberry breeding at NIAB EMR in East Malling

24 January 2017

A crop research institute has hired a new managing director a year after it was rescued in a takeover.

Wind farm extension proposed

Thanet Offshore Wind Farm off the coast of Foreness Point, near Botany Bay

06 January 2017

Swedish power company Vattenfall is developing a scheme that will bring the existing and operational wind farm at Margate closer to the coast by 4km

New funding for fruit research

A lab at East Malling Research, now known as NIAB EMR, where scientists are developing the next generation of food technology

13 December 2016

A consortium has secured £1.9 million of funding for student-led crop studies.

Science park's new owners 'will take it in new areas'

Discovery Park, Sandwich

09 December 2016

The new owners of one of Kent’s most successful science parks will forge closer ties with London investors, according to its managing director.


Surgery opens with new technology

From left, Brandon Medical business development manager Peter Grainger, KIMS Hospital chief executive Simon James and KIMS theatre manager Peter O'Neill in the new operating theatre

08 December 2016

A private hospital is opening its fifth operating theatre after a £250,000 investment.

Tech supplier 'refocused' after turnaround

APC Technology is a supplier of electronic components and has an energy-saving division, Minimise Group

01 December 2016

An electronic parts distributor has swung back into operating profit after overstretching itself on sustainable energy projects put it in the red.

Research cash will make 'better mix of businesses'

Scientists in the Agalimmune labs at Discovery Park, Sandwich

29 November 2016

New funding for research and development will help address the lack of medium and large ciompanies in Kent, according to an business group ambassador.

A toast to the top-ranking firms

02 November 2016

Here is the full-list of Kent's fastest-growing private companies over the last four years.

Mobile tech firm doubles profits

Crimson Tide's software allows staff to work and report to bosses away from the office

22 September 2016

A company which helps staff send data back to bosses from the field has doubled profits after gaining record subscribers for its software

‘This life-changer is amazing’

IoD Kent branch chairman and Quvium sales director Jane Ollis

09 September 2016

The new chairman of the Institute of Directors in Kent is also bringing to market a new treatment for asthma sufferers around the world.

Water company fined

Southern Water is the company with the most written complaints for another year

05 September 2016

Southern Water, which serves most of Kent, has been ordered to pay £57,000 after failing to meet environmental conditions at its treatment works.

Access road work begins for new medical campus

21 August 2016

Construction work for an access road to a 30-acre medical campus has begun.


Arms firm protest

The protesters stopped at the factory site at Discovery Park

14 August 2016

Activists have threatened they will hold a Kent business park accountable if arms company Instro Precision moves there.


Power plant to go ahead

The biomass plant will be built by Danish engineering company BWSC after an investment by a fund managed by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

09 August 2016

A biomass energy project capable of powering 50,000 homes will open within two years after a £160 million investment.


Oil price jitters a breeze for ventilation firm

A Wozair employee checks ventilation fire dampers at the Gillingham headquarters

27 July 2016

An air conditioning company shook off concerns among its main clients in the oil and gas industry to post another sturdy set of annual results.

New contracts at software firm

Crimson Tide makes mobile scheduling software mpro5

18 July 2016

A tech firm has won a contract with a large UK retailer worth £200,000 for its programs allowing staff to work away from the office.

Water company profits up

South East Water tweeted about the incident

15 July 2016

South East Water increased its bottom line but missed its target for disruption to customers’ supply.

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