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The companies changing the world

Discover the firms transforming how we live and work – based here in Kent.

Electronics firm back in the black

A components distributor has reported its first bottom-line profit in nearly three years as an 18-month turnaround plan begins to bear fruit.

Fire sale as cold store firm goes bust

A family-owned cold storage builder has gone out of business after more than a century, with the loss of 74 jobs.

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Boeing deal largest in firm's history

A parts supplier has secured the largest set of orders in its 40-year history from airplane manufacturer Boeing.

Heat is on failing incinerator site

A waste management company suffered a 50% fall in pre-tax profits last year as it continued to support its loss-making incinerator plant in Kent.

Apple boss backs tech start-up

The co-founder of Apple wasted no time endorsing a live video editing app designed by an exciting technology company.

KCC invests £500k in asbestos firm

An investment fund using taxpayers money has backed a technology company which predicts it can save thousands of lives by detecting airborne asbestos.

Pylons would 'wreck the skyline'

MPs say a proposal to erect around 70 massive pylons across part of Kent would blight several villages.

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Oil industry woes hamper firm

A subsea engineering firm cut staff numbers by nearly half amid a dramatic decline in the oil and gas industry but is heading back to profitability.

Putting their foot on the gas

Down an unassuming street with the quaint cafes and shops sits a half-a-billion-pound company drilling major gas fields across Africa and Europe.

IT company's new home

A fast-growing IT firm has moved to a new premises in the county as it aims to double in size by the end of the year.

Data in custody down neon-lit corridors

In a high security annex of a TV studios, more than £1.5 billion of revenue goes through the wires of Kent’s largest data centre each year.

Technology firm's new chairman

A former group managing director of Kwik Fit has been made chairman of a loss-making electronic component distributor.

Science park set to expand

A business park, which employs more than 1,500 people, could be set to expand - creating a new link to the motorway.

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Tory peer's red hot takeover

A fire protection company has been taken over by an investment firm listed on the London Stock Exchange backed by Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft.

Telecoms firm's acquisition spree continues

An independent telecoms company has completed its third takeover in three months after securing a £30 million finance deal with the bank.

Second chance for Kent Medical Campus

Councillors have again approved plans for an extensive medical campus set to create 3,300 jobs.

Crystal clear vision

A £90,000 loan helped two friends launch a water treatment business which is attracting a flood of export deals from around the world.

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