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Nimisha Raja with some of her fruit crisps

Single mum signs deal with Tesco to sell her fruit crisps

A single mother who dreamed of creating healthy snacks for children has just clinched a deal to sell her fruit crisps at Tesco.


Chocolate factory set to close after 40 years

The factory in Tunbridge Wells will cease production next month

A world-renowned chocolatier which provides sweet treats to the Queen is set to close its Kent factory after 40 years of production.


Sisters use their craft skills to open artisan shop

 From left, Sonia Gardner and her sister, Zena, both Business Partners, at the Grand Opening of The Octopuss Garden in Sittingbourne High Street

Sisters have become business partners by opening their own artisan gift shop in the town centre.


Work starts on new Aldi store

The new Aldi store

Diggers have moved onto land in a Kent town as construction of an 18,500 sq ft store gets underway.


Juice maker doubles sales

The Juice Executive and Think Press managing director Alexandra Auger

A juice maker has broken the £1 million turnover barrier for the first time.

Kardashian boost for Bluewater

Bluewater got a huge publicity boost tonight when celebrity Kim Kardashian tweeted pictures of the shopping centre to her 58 MILLION followers.


Controversial hotel plans approval

The Tollgate Hotel, in Watling Street, Gravesend.

Highly controversial plans to tear down a dilapidated hotel and build a petrol station in its place have been approved.


Plans for 'striking' new supermarket to be unveiled

Developers say the proposed store will have a striking design.

Proposals to build a new supermarket are to go on display to the public.


Oyster racks deemed legal after probe

The racks will be staying

Controversial oyster racks have been deemed safe to stay after an investigation over alleged licensing issues concluded this week.

Town centre music shop to close

The Music Shop will close

A business owner says she is saddened to be closing a town centre music shop, but will be taking time off to recover from a long illness.


Activity week marks market's 750th birthday

Gravesend Borough Market, the entrance to the market off High Street. Picture: Gravesham council

A week of events and activities will be held over half term to mark one of the county's oldest market's birthdays.


Budget chain coming to town

Hundreds queued outside Poundstretcher when it opened in Sheerness

Bargain-hunters are expected to descend as discount retailer Poundstretcher opens its newest branch in Kent next week.


It’s still one team, one dream

Childrensalon chief executive Michele Harriman-Smith

A retail boss has taken the boutique shop founded by her mother 66 years ago into a global online luxury children’s clothes store.


Mercedes rev up for apprenticeship event

Mercedes will be at the National Apprenticeship Show

Mercedes Benz will be among the businesses offering careers to young people at a new apprenticeship exhibition.

Town centre spot sold for £3m

How the site could look

A prominent town centre spot previously home to a farming retailer could become 160 apartments after being sold for £3m.


Small and simple idea proves to be a life-saver

Air Drop Box packages are dropped from a plane by parachute during testing at Headcorn Aerodrome

Aid packages delivered by parachute have been saving lives in the storm-hit Caribbean after being developed in Kent.


Paper firm smells the coffee

Denmaur Independent Papers commercial director Nick Gee. Picture: Matthew Walker

The backlash over disposable coffee cups has vindicated a paper merchant’s move into food packaging as it targets a return to profit.

Morrisons to cut management jobs

Morrisons has announced cuts to management

Britain's fourth largest supermarket Morrisons is to cut 1,500 manager roles as it becomes the latest retailer to shake up its staff structure.

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