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When was the last time you had a pay rise?

Statistics show wages have overtake inflation for first time in 12 months.

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Buy-to-let boosts bank profits

OneSavings Bank, the challenger bank which owns Kent Reliance, increased profits last year as its focus on professional landlords paid off.

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Goodman's warning over scams

Former Strictly judge and Kent dancing school owner Len Goodman is raising awareness about financial scams affecting the older generation.

'I am definitely not a shouter'

A military background has made the chief executive of Saga a quiet consensus leader rather than one who barks orders.

Bank pledges commitment to town centre

A bank has signed a 25-year lease on a prime spot, pledging its commitment to a town centre.

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.

Historic former bank up for auction

A Grade II-listed former bank will be sold at auction next week - offering bidders a chance to buy a prime town centre spot.

Bank bans customers from buying Bitcoin

A banking giant has announced it will stop customers buying Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies with its credit cards.

High Street bank axed

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 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 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

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

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

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

Bank opens larger branch

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 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'

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

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”.

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