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Core! Kent farmers produce bumper Braeburns

Orchards across Kent are producing bumper crops, with some of the biggest apples ever seen by some farmers in the county.


Loss of office space could cost jobs

Commercial premises in town centres like Maidstone are increasingly being converted into housing

Changes to planning rules allowing offices to be converted into flats are forcing businesses to look elsewhere to set up shop.

Paper mill owner's global revenues tip £2.8bn

Giant rolls of paper from DS Smith's Kemsley Paper Mill are also sent to neighbouring Knauf, which makes plaster-board

The owner of a paper mill in the county has boosted turnover and operating profits as online shopping boosts demand for packaging.

Shoppers queue to be first in at new Lidl store

Customers pour in to find the best bargains

Dozens of eager customers poured in to a new Lidl store in Kent this morning.


"Thank you for ruining our business"

The parking bays outside the shops were blocked

A small business has hit out at Virgin Media after parking bays outside their shop were blocked, which they say meant they had fewer customers.


Retailers going Christmas crackers

Kate Howard, owner of Aunties Treasures, with her festive stall

Retailers have transformed one Kent town in the run up to the big day.

Toys R Us to close Kent store

The Toys R Us store in Horsted Retail Park, Chatham

Toys R Us has confirmed it plans to close one of its stores in Kent as part of proposals to shut at least 26 nationally, putting 800 jobs at risk.


People will 'starve' if foreign fruit pickers shut out

Frazer Thompson of Chapel Down

The boss of winemaker Chapel Down says people will starve if a Brexit deal is not agreed to allow free movement of labour for foreign fruit pickers.


Discount store to host bargains day at grand opening

Hundreds queued outside Poundstretcher when it opened in Sheerness

Discount chain Poundstretcher has confirmed it will be opening a branch next year, creating 25 jobs.


Gin distillery given royal approval

Princess Anne officially opened a Kent gin distillery and had a taste of its tipple.


Winemaker turns to gin

Chapel Down has launched Bacchus Gin

A winemaker has made its first venture into the spirits market using grapes from last year’s harvest.


Wholesaler goes into administration

A Palmer & Harvey van makes a delivery

One of the UK's largest private companies, which has two bases in Kent, has tumbled into administration, with the loss of 2,500 jobs.


Image of former nightclub site

Artist's impression of the replacement building at Castle Street. Picture courtesy of Dover Heritage and Regeneration Ltd

A new building is planned to replace a town cinema, which became a nightclub.

Life is sweet for 'waffle king' teen

Louis Callaghan-Inge making bubble waffles

Although he's not old enough to have a bank account, 14-year-old Louis Inge is celebrating his first year in business.


Manufacturer bags funding deal

The paper-bag production line at Badalov in Larkfield

A paper bag maker is poised to pick-up bigger contracts after securing backing worth nearly half a million pounds.

Work to start on dealership after land deal

Jardine Motor Group is opening a new Jaguar Land Rover dealership in Tonbridge

A car retailer is to start construction on a £12m Jaguar Land Rover showroom after buying a 3.5 acre site.

Winemaker raises glass to pub venture

Hush Heath Estate produces a range of wines at its winery near Staplehurst

A winery is increasing its activity in the pub market after signing a deal with the largest bar company in the UK.

Handmade campaign appeals to shoppers

From jewellers to chocolate makers, independent shops in part of Kent are pulling together to attract punters this Christmas.

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