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Oil industry woes hamper firm

Jee carries out subsea engineering work for the oil and gas industry

06 March 2017

A subsea engineering firm cut staff numbers by nearly half amid a dramatic decline in the oil and gas industry but is heading back to profitability.

Putting their foot on the gas

A Sound Energy exploration site in Tendrara, Morocco

06 March 2017

Down an unassuming street with the quaint cafes and shops sits a half-a-billion-pound company drilling major gas fields across Africa and Europe.

IT company's new home

IT company Onwave has moved to Kings Hill

02 March 2017

A fast-growing IT firm has moved to a new premises in the county as it aims to double in size by the end of the year.

Data in custody down neon-lit corridors

Custodian Data Centre stores servers for more than 300 clients

02 March 2017

In a high security annex of a TV studios, more than £1.5 billion of revenue goes through the wires of Kent’s largest data centre each year.

Technology firm's new chairman

APC Technology's head office in Rochester Airport Estate

21 February 2017

A former group managing director of Kwik Fit has been made chairman of a loss-making electronic component distributor.

Science park set to expand

Kent Science Park covers 55-acres in Sittingbourne

20 February 2017

A business park, which employs more than 1,500 people, could be set to expand - creating a new link to the motorway.


Tory peer's red hot takeover

Alpha Peerless Fire Systems has been bought by Marlowe plc

09 February 2017

A fire protection company has been taken over by an investment firm listed on the London Stock Exchange backed by Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft.

Telecoms firm's acquisition spree continues

Telecom business AdEPT has taken over an IT firm

08 February 2017

An independent telecoms company has completed its third takeover in three months after securing a £30 million finance deal with the bank.

Second chance for Kent Medical Campus

Artists impressions of the planned Kent Medical Campus

03 February 2017

Councillors have again approved plans for an extensive medical campus set to create 3,300 jobs.

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.

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