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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.

Firm makes just what the doctor ordered

ITL makes components the size of a speck of dust

10 February 2016

Medical companies around the world turn to Integrated Technologies Limited to make their ideas become reality.

'No question mark hangs over the site’

Kent Science Park covers 55-acres in Sittingbourne

10 February 2016

Kent Science Park’s future is secure after its multi-million pound takeover by US investors this month, according to its retiring site director.

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Research centre rescued in takeover

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

09 February 2016

A crop research company which made losses of more than £1.5 million last year has been saved from potential administration by another scientific body.

Expanding science firms to move to Manston

The former Manston Airport. Picture: Simon Burchett

09 February 2016

A former airport could become a manufacturing centre for life science companies as they outgrow nearby labs on a business park.

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The only way is up for life-science sector

Artists impressions of the planned Kent Medical Campus

09 February 2016

The science and technology industry in Kent is taking on Oxford and Cambridge thanks to its high-tech premises and political support.

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Savers turn to the markets

Investors can learn to trade the financial markets using spread betting

01 February 2016

As the pensions industry faces uncertainty, many ordinary people are turning to financial spread betting to get a return on their cash.

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New opening sets the tone

Blackbox Solutions managing director Colin Griffin, left, and the Mayor of Maidstone, Cllr Daniel Moriarty, officially open Blackbox Solutions' new Maidstone head office

22 January 2016

A printer and IT support company has launched a new head office in the county after doubling its size in three consecutive years.

Changing the mould

Neale Buttery and Roger Evans in the Recapture Plastics recycling plant

14 January 2016

A new plastic recycling firm is set to turn old garden furniture into cash, despite suffering a £1 million setback.

US firm buys science park

Kent Science Park covers 55-acres in Sittingbourne

12 January 2016

A business estate for technology companies has been sold to a US private equity company days after it was put on the market for £95 million.

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Science park director to step down

James Speck, site director at Kent Science Park

10 January 2016

The site director of Kent Science Park, home to more than 60 technology companies, is to retire at the end of next month after eight years.

Supermarket deal prompts huge losses

APC Technology suffered heavy losses on contracts it had to install LED lighting at Morrisons supermarkets

08 January 2016

An electronics firm lost nearly £6 million last year after it over-stretched itself with contracts to supply energy-saving lighting to Morrisons.

New contracts bring end to 'difficult year'

APC's Mark Robinson

06 January 2016

An energy efficiency firm has won projects to install LED lighting worth over £1.5 million as its boss hails the end of a tough trading period.

Trade mark attorneys launch practice

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05 January 2016

One of Europe’s largest patent law firms has opened an office in Kent.

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Medical manufacturer fighting fit

Integrated Technologies Limited designs and manufacturers medical equipment with other companies

07 December 2015

A medical device designer and maker has secured two manufacturing contracts worth £3 million over the next two years.

Science park expansion in doubt amid sale

A 20-year masterplan to redevelop parts of Kent Science Park was revealed in the summer

03 December 2015

Plans to create 4,150 jobs may have been shelved as the owner of a business estate put the site and four others up for sale.

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Vietnam War victim's new lease of life

Doctor Jill Waibel examines Kim Phuc before the first of several laser treatments to reduce pain and the appearance of burn scars in her back and left arm. Picture: Nick Ut/AP

30 November 2015

A woman who suffered horrific burns as a girl is being treated with the help of a firm in the county.

Storage firm out in the cold

Paddock Wood-based ICA Group installed temperature-controlled and cold storage facilities

30 November 2015

A family-owned cold storage builder watched operating profits melt by nearly £1 million last year as margins were squeezed.

Picturing a gap in the market

Toby Liew, 16, is behind Magniband, a macro lense for smartphones which costs a fiver

27 November 2015

A teenager has launched the new must-have smartphone gadget allowing budding photographers to take detailed photos of tiny objects.

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