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Most cost-effective commuter towns revealed

Here are the Kent towns that feature on a new league table of the most cost-effective commuter areas.


Fraudulent car dealer ordered to pay £8,000

The case was heard at Maidstone Crown Court

A sales manager stole money on more than 60 occasions while working at a motor dealership.

Summit offers Brexit survival tips

Kent Business Summit was held at Kent Business School in Canterbury

Kent firms will “die” unless they are optimistic about the prospect of growth in the run up to Brexit, a conference heard.

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.


Virgin's health service responds to tax claims

Gravesham Community Hospital, Bath Street, Gravesend

Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Care Services has defended itself after paying no corporation tax despite making £8m profit.


Kent's gender pay gap

Six good causes have benefitted. Picture: iStock.com

The difference between how much some firms pay male and female employees in the county has been revealed.


Unique chance to work with gorillas or tigers

Western lowland gorillas

Fancy getting up close and personal with magnificent gorillas or tigers? Here are two ways you could live your dream...


Farmers reject Gove subsidy claim

Farmland growing potatoes and strawberries

Farmers in Kent have opposed comments in a speech by Environment Secretary Michael Gove that "unjust" European subsidies favour large landowners.

Firm closes after a century's trading

A.T. Blackman in Dover, closing today

One of a Kent town's oldest businesses, set up just after the First World War, shuts down today.

Invite young people into world of work

World of Work wants young people to see what real workplaces are like

An education charity is looking for businesses to invite students into their offices, factories and warehouses in a bid to boost their confidence.

Ambulance firm goes bust

In happier times, Meditech UK Ambulance Service co-founders Paul Bleach, left and Nigel Patton, right, who sold the company in June, flank Lloyds relationship manager Ian Jobson after securing funding in 2013

A private ambulance business has ceased trading with the loss of dozens of jobs.


Jobs lost as firm goes into administration

Burgess provides ship maintenance, repair, new-build construction and refit services. Credit: Ron Wain/Deep South Media

More than 100 jobs have been lost after a Kent-based marine engineering services business went into administration.


Universal credit boosts claimant numbers

The number of people claiming unemployment benefits in Kent has risen

The number of people on unemployment benefits increased across Kent in November, official figures show.

Digital skills shortage means firms 'left behind'

FSB research shows a quarter of business owners in England lack confidence in their basic digital skills

The economy is under threat from a “black hole” in technical and digital skills as the UK heads towards Brexit, small business campaigners claim.

Academy to fire up lukewarm numbers of boiler firm trainees

A trainee at the Energy Academy in Sittingbourne

A new £100,000 training centre will help tackle a skills shortage in the gas and heating industries.

Teacher takeover for nursery

Springles Nursery looks after children aged three months to school age

A day nursery and pre-school has been bought for an undisclosed sum by a teacher taking her first venture into business.

Manager who stole £250,000 ordered to repay £1

The premises of Emmerich (Berlon) Ltd in Kingsnorth Industrial Estate, Ashford

A woman who siphoned off money from workplace to pay for her lifestyle will only pay back a nominal fee because she has no sellable assets.


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.

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