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Saga building in Sandgate, near Folkestone

Saga hires new chairman

Over-50s holiday and insurance company Saga has appointed a FTSE 100 financial services veteran to take over from its long-standing chairman.

High Street bank axed

Lloyds Bank in Hythe

Lloyds Banking Group has revealed it is pulling out of a Kent town after announcing 100 branch closures nationally.


Post Office to open new Clock Tower premises


Bosses are to open a new seven-day-a-week Post Office in a corner shop just yards from an existing branch.


Warning over new regulations

New data protection regulations will be a challenge for businesses, say experts. Picture: Thinkstock

New European rules could fine businesses more than £17 million for mishandling personal data – but experts say many firms are still unprepared.

Future of former card shop revealed

A Metro Bank will move into the former Clintons shop

A new business will move into a former town centre card shop about six months after it closed.


Bitcoin rival signs agreement with $1bn payment business

Bitcoin has fallen in value since the start of the year

A mobile-friendly rival to Bitcoin signed an agreement with a payment technology company days before the value of many online currencies plummeted.


Data breach fines for insurance firm pair

Michael Woodgate

A judge has handed out fines totalling £185,000 after a firm of loss adjusters used private detectives to illegally obtain personal data.


Bank rescuer cashes out shares

OneSavings Bank's headquarters in Chatham Maritime

The private equity group which saved the Kent Reliance has cashed out part of its investment.

Bank opens larger branch

Kent Reliance Building Society transferred its business to new bank OneSavings Bank, which trades as Kent Reliance, in 2011

Challenger bank Kent Reliance has expanded with a larger office at a time when rivals are closing branches.

Making women feel comfortable in the work place

Bosses have been warned they are leaving themselves open to legal action if they do not put policies in place to support women going through the menopause

Bosses in the county need to wake up to the impact of the menopause at work or face legal action, a leading lawyer on the condition has warned.

Santander to close High Street branch

The bank is closing 22 branches across the country.


Buy-to-let investors 'swallowing unpleasant cocktail'

Fergus Wilson's lettings criteria is being considered by a court.

The chief executive of the county’s largest buy-to-let lender has attacked government policy for squeezing the income of amateur landlords.


Stuttering start for Kent's rival to Bitcoin

Bitcoin. Picture: BTC Keychain

A start-up which aimed to launch a rival to Bitcoin has suffered a barrage of criticism from frustrated users after allegations it had been “hacked”.


Saga warns on profits days after job cuts

Saga's offices in Sandgate, near Folkestone

Over-50s holiday and insurance business Saga has issued a profit warning days after it told about 100 staff they will be made redundant.

Accountancy's profit boost

Kreston Reeves has three offices in Kent

An accountants and business advisor experienced a 20% jump in profits in its first full-year after a merger.

New cashpot for community causes

Kent Community Foundation has launched a £1.6m loan fund

A £1.6 million fund has been launched offering loans to charities and social enterprises in Kent.

Developers rue 'missed opportunity'

Stamp duty will be abolished for first-time buyers on the first £300,000 of properties worth up to £500,000

Housebuilders believe the Chancellor’s measures to boost the housing market will amount to nothing unless he makes it easier for them to do their job.

Last bank in high street set to close

Lloyds bank in Rochester is set to close.

Lloyds, the only remaining High Street bank in one town, is to close.

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