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Swinton to cut 900 jobs

Insurance group Swinton has earmarked 84 branches for closure as its customers move online.


Merger creates £33m accountancy

Accountancy firm Kreston Reeves is to merge with a London practice a year after it completed the takeover of another rival.

Lloyds to close Kent branches

Lloyds Banking Group has announced it is pulling out of four towns in Kent as part of 100 branch closures, resulting in over 200 job losses.


Bank profits grow 29%

The owner of Kent Reliance grew its underlying pre-tax profits to £137 million last year.

Taxes up for 'not taking the risks'

The Chancellor upped taxes for the self-employed to tackle a growing trend of people using the tax advantages without generating growth, say experts.

Broker completes takeover

An insurance broker has made its first acquisition of the year and says there are “several others in the pipeline”.

Taxes on the self-employed 'wrong'

A Kent MP has urged the government to rethink a proposal announced in the budget to raise National Insurance contributions.

Law firm manages to win

A Kent practice saw off competition from national rivals to win the best collaboration prize at the MPF Management Excellence Awards.

Pubs cheer but Chancellor missed 'fundamental issue'

Pubs were the big winners from the Spring Budget but many firms said the Chancellor ducked the chance to carry out business rate reforms.

Self-employed accuse Tories of breaking manifesto promises

Traders have criticised the Chancellor for increasing national insurance contributions for the self-employed, allegedly breaking a manifesto pledge.


Spring Budget 2017: Live blog

Follow the first Spring Budget delivered by Chancellor Philip Hammond.


‘I knew I’d regret it if someone else started doing it’

Young entrepreneur Carl Lincoln was forced to rethink his start-up’s business plan after entering a saturated market place.

Bank to cut opening hours after posting £7bn loss

RBS customers told branch opening hours being cut to three days per week later in the year after posting £7bn annual loss last week.


Last chance to enter awards

Put your firm “on a pedestal” at the county’s most prestigious business awards – but hurry up as the deadline for entries arrives today.

New boss at law firm

A legal business has appointed a new managing partner as part of a change to its management structure.

City lawyer joins Kent practice

A law firm has attracted a London high-flyer to bolster its corporate and commercial team.

Insurer to take £4m hit on injury claim changes

Over 50s insurance and holiday firm Saga has said changes to the way the Government calculates personal-injury payouts will wipe millions off profits.

Corporate finance team launched

An accountancy firm is launching a new corporate finance arm in the county.

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