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The Toys R Us store in Horsted Retail Park, Chatham

New threat to jobs at Toys R Us

A troubled retail giant is said to be on the brink of going into administration - putting jobs in Kent at risk.


Debt-ridden school cutting staff

The new Goodwin Academy in Hamilton Road, Deal

Dozens of jobs are to be lost after "financial mismanagement" led to a school racking up £3 million of debt.


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.


Plan to boost frontline policing approved

Matthew Scott wants 200 extra police officers on our streets to fight crime

Officials have given plans to recruit 200 extra police officers in Kent the go-ahead, in one of the biggest recruitment drives in years.


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.


Work begins on £2m hub

An artist's impression of the HUB at Kent Science Park, Sittingbourne

Construction is underway on a conference centre at a science park.


More claim out-of-work benefits

Every district in Kent recorded rises in those on unemployment benefits

More people claimed unemployment benefits in Kent last month as more Jobcentres began offering full universal credit.


Former Carillion trainees offered support

The meeting held for former Carillion apprentices by CITB at The Coniston Hotel, Sittingbourne

Trainees whose courses were suddenly scrapped following the collapse of Carillion have been offered a lifeline by an industry body.


Science Park in robust health, says site chief

Novartis is at the Kent Science Park in Sittingbourne

The site director of Kent Science Park says it has “not been healthier” despite announcements of job losses last year.


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Universal credit boosts claimant numbers

The number of people claiming unemployment benefits in Kent has risen

The number of people on unemployment benefits increased across Kent in November, official figures show.

Burger chain returns to town

Wimpy logo

Burger lovers will not have long to wait for Wimpy to re-open in Sittingbourne with the restaurant due to open its doors in the High Street next week.


BBC to fund two KM Group reporters

The Kent Messenger Group

One of the world's biggest news organisations is to fund democracy reporters for local media organisations, including the KM Group.

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.


Cinema to create 30 jobs

The St James development in Dover

Cineworld will hold a recruitment drive ahead of opening a six-screen multiplex in February.

Hundreds affected as company closes office

Up to 650 workers face being relocated

A total of 650 workers face being relocated to Surrey as a financial services company announced it is closing its office in Kent.

Rescued print firm in shock closure

Headley Brothers signs were removed from the premises in March

One of Kent’s oldest printing companies, rescued from administration earlier this year, shut its doors for good today.


Unemployment hits coastal areas

Every district in Kent recorded rises in those on unemployment benefits

Coastal communities saw a surge in people on out-of-work benefits in Kent last month as summer work came to an end.

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