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Takeovers boost profits

AdEPT's headquarters in Tunbridge Wells

06 July 2016

A business-to-business telecoms firm increased revenues and its bottom line after a year of acquisitions and contract wins.

Clinic's double at awards

Canterbury Skin Clinic won at the Kent Health and Beauty Awards

20 June 2016

A dermatology practice picked up two prizes at the second annual Kent Health and Beauty Awards.

Recovery continues at tech firm

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

31 May 2016

An electronic components distributor reduced its operating losses after cutting staff and increasing its order book.

Business moves bring 3,000 jobs

Discovery Park in Sandwich, where many companies moving to Kent are based. Picture: Simon Burchett

24 May 2016

An agency which encourages companies to set up in Kent brought nearly 3,000 jobs to the county last year.

McDonald's gets all hi-tech

Franchisee Ali El Hajj

17 May 2016

A town-centre McDonald's restaurant has re-opened after an extensive refurbishment.

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Only way is up for ideas men

Charlie de Rusett, left, and Owen Hunnam, who are behind Idea Drop

13 May 2016

After creating two successful businesses together, Charlie de Rusett and Owen Hunnam are aiming to complete the hat-trick with their latest venture.

Look who’s investing in drugs firms

NCL boss Jerry Biggs, left, seals the deal with Centauri chief executive Mike Westby

14 April 2016

Kent County Council is trying to make money by taking a share in growing science businesses.

Health brings wealth to medical device producer

Medical device maker ITL is seeing profits grow as an older and increasing population needs more treatment

12 April 2016

A manufacturer has recorded its biggest ever profit as people live longer and wealth increases in emerging economies.

IBM snaps up software firm

IBM has acquired customer services software company Optevia

21 March 2016

IBM, the world’s largest information technology company, has taken over a customer services software business in Kent for an undisclosed sum.

Takeover that’s hoping to bear fruit

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

16 March 2016

Economies of scale will save a crop research institute from future threats of closure but its new owner admits there will be short-term job losses.

Exclusive: Private hospital sought £20m handout

KIMS Hospital is based on Kent Medical Campus

11 March 2016

A new private hospital was forced to go cap in hand to its investors after suffering heavier losses than expected in its first year.

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New finance boss boosts shares

The Strood headquarters of APC Technology

08 March 2016

Shares prices increased by a quarter at an electronic components distributor after it revealed the appointment of a new chief financial officer.

Firm's 10-year commitment

Discovery Park in Sandwich

08 March 2016

A drug discovery company has extended its lease at a business estate for another decade.

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Just what the doctor ordered

Bedfont Scientific's headquarters in Harrietsham, near Maidstone

03 March 2016

A medical instrument manufacturer has sold a subsidiary business to a US company with sales of $11 billion.

Job cuts confirmed at research site

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

26 February 2016

The new boss of a crop study business has said staff numbers will be reduced over the next year under its new owners.

Investors eye £15.3m takeover

Stock Picture

26 February 2016

An technology investment company is poised to make acquire a US software company with clients including Wickes and Travis Perkins.

Profits glee for software developer

The mpro5 software allows clients to track deliveries and find out expected arrival times

25 February 2016

A company which sells systems allowing staff to work out of the office expects pre-tax profits to be higher than market expectations.

Sensors are keeping tabs on the shoppers

The experiment took place around Black Friday

12 February 2016

Town centre window browsers had their movements were monitored in the run up to Christmas.

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Firms struggle to profit from falling fuel costs

Woodfield Systems makes loading arms which transfer oil and chemicals to rigs

11 February 2016

The falling price of oil is causing problems for business in Kent as well as rocking Chinese markets and piling pressure on the Middle Eastern and US.

Investor takeover imminent

Armour Group is an investment company in the technology industry

11 February 2016

An investing company in the technology sector expects to announce a reverse takeover of a software business by the end of the month.

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