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The M&S Foodhall is opening soon

Business boom bringing diversity to retail scene

A supermarket, a delicatessen and discount clothing and homeware stores will add to Medway’s retail scene over the next weeks.


POLL: Retail park to introduce time limits

South Aylesford Retail Park. Stock image

Time limits on parking have been introduced at a popular Kent retail park.


Hornby losses widen

Hornby increased underlying losses last year

The train-set maker increased losses in its annual financial results but said its turnaround plan is on track.

Company stored fireworks in dangerous manner

Stock picture.

An unlicensed company which stored fireworks in a dangerous manner has been fined £12,000.

More than a shop – it’s a music hub

Dennis Halberg of Elephant Music. Picture: Gary Browne

A town's only music shop is about to take on a major role in the area's music festival.

Crisps maker lands school deal

Nim's Fruit Crisps makes its products from thin slices of fruit and vegetables

A fruit and vegetable crisps manufacturer has signed a distribution deal putting its packets in schools, colleges and universities across the UK.

Take a break at centre’s new cafe

Muffin Break has opened in the Pentagon shopping centre

A cafe selling more than 200 different varieties of muffins has opened in a Kent shopping centre!


On your Marks ... new Foodhall opens soon

The new M&S Foodhall at the Warren Retail Park in Ashford

Signs have gone up outside an eagerly awaited M&S Foodhall which starts serving its first customers in just over a fortnight.


Millions of chocolate bars recalled

Several Mars products have been recalled from the UK and Ireland

A salmonella scare has forced one of the UK's most popular brands to take several of its products off the shelves.


Watch firm ordered to hand over shares worth £1m

A High Court ruling has left a luxury watch company out of pocket after it backed out of a share agreement.

Winery cracking America

Chapel Down is stocked in Marks & Spencer, Waitrose, Sainsbury, Tesco and Majestic

A winemaker has been honoured at the USA’s Ultimate Wine Challenge less than a year after launching across the pond.

£30m retail park planned for industrial estate

The site just off Anthony's Way on Medway City Estate

Plans are moving forward for a new retail park on the site where a Sainsbury’s supermarket was once planned.


Chalking up the growers

Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger and Patrick McGrath at the new vineyard

The arrival of champagne house Taittinger is the biggest proof yet that English sparkling wine is on the world stage but why is Kent so attractive?

Vineyards ripe despite Brexit setbacks

Charles Simpson of Simpsons Wine Estate has invested in 36 stainless steel containers

The vote to leave the EU cost a Kent winemaker dearly but he remains optimistic about the future of fizz production in the county.

Fizz maker's offer goes flat

Gusbourne has bottled more wine following a good harvest last year

A sparkling wine producer saw 11% wiped off its value after it unveiled plans to raise £4.2 million by issuing discount shares to its investors.

Wozair acquires air filter maker

Air filter manufacturer Veotec has been taken over by Wozair in Gillingham

A heating, ventilation and air-conditioning manufacturer has bought a majority stake in a rival firm.

Olympic medallist turned café owner remembers victims

Dame Kelly serves Mayor of Gravesham Cllr Harold Craske. Picture: John Westhrop

A retired athlete who opened her second Kent café today stopped the celebrations to fall silent in honour of the London Bridge terror attack victims.

Change on the way at DIY shop

Bunnings Warehouse looks set to come to Sittingbourne

After a major Australian firm bought Homebase, a number of stores are set to change name, including two in Kent.


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