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Maidstone Studios owner Geoff Miles, right, is presented with the Kent Invicta Award by KCC chairman David Brazier

Studios boss honoured by council

A media entrepreneur has received this year’s prestigious Kent Invicta Award for his contribution to the county's economy.

University strikes to continue

Protesters at the University of Kent in Canterbury

Kent University staff are to carry on with industrial action after turning down a deal to end a row about pensions.


Decision delayed over Jools neighbour row

Jools Holland at Maidstone Studios. Picture: BBC

A row between musician Jools Holland and his wedding venue neighbour has not been decided today - after councillors said they needed more time.


Eeyore Chancellor 'Tigger-like' over economy

Chancellor Philip Hammond. Picture: Adam Gray / SWNS.com

Chancellor Philip Hammond has delivered an optimistic assessment of the UK economy saying “there is light at the end of the tunnel" after austerity.

170 jobs to go at biotechnology company

Thermo Fisher Scientific is leaving Ashford

Scores of workers at a biotechnology company are set to lose their jobs after bosses decided to relocate to Mexico, China and Denmark.


Uni backs lecturers' calls for pension talks

The walkouts began with five days of strikes on Thursday, February 22

University bosses have joined forces with striking lecturers in a bid to alter plans to change pensions which have caused weeks of industrial action.

Car dealer's apprenticeship drive

Lookers apprentice technician Chelsea Bayley

Motor retailer Lookers is aiming to hire more than 160 apprentices.

Vaping shop manager stole £9,000

George Austin stole £9,000

The manager of a vaping shop has narrowly avoided jail after stealing almost £9,000 - and then blaming bank staff for the missing money.


Grants just in time for watchmaking apprentices

The service centre at Watchfinder

The UK's first watchmaking apprenticeship in a generation should be ready to start by the end of the year after firms secured government funding.

'Illegal immigrants' found stowed away in fruit lorry

Fed up - Gomez boss Jim Parmenter

A business says the 'worrying increase' in migrants arriving on trucks from the Continent is costing it hundreds of thousands of pounds.


Apprentices 'trump' graduates for salaries

Apprentices who pursue a career in construction earn more than average university graduates, according to the FMB. Picture: Getty Images

Young people in construction will go on to earn "thousands" more each year after apprenticeships than university graduates, according to research.

'I am definitely not a shouter'

Lance Batchelor is chief executive of Saga

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

Rising fruit and veg prices

Do you get your five a day?

A Kent MP says the cost of our shopping bills items could go up significantly if action is not taken ahead of Brexit.


University accused of trying to 'bribe' striking staff

Protesters at the University of Kent in Canterbury

A university has been accused of attempting to "bribe" staff in an effort to end strikes.


Jobseekers face bus fare hikes as centre closes

Herne Bay Jobcentre is set to close its doors on Friday, March 9

People searching for work will have to spend a day's budget travelling to an alternative Jobcentre when their nearest one closes.


Kent County Council urged to carry out Brexit impact assessment

EU campaign group urge KCC to carry out impact assessment of Brexit

EU remain campaign group says Brexit will hit jobs and investment in county


MP demands new deal for fishermen

MP Craig Mackinlay

An MP has raised the plight of local fishermen in a parliamentary debate on the future of the UK's fisheries policy.


Water plans announced amid 'population boom'

South East Water is investing £1billion

Around £1 billion is to be pumped into a a major overhaul of waterworks in the region - including a new reservoir and treatment plant for Kent.

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