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At times it seemed to be as fierce a battle as she often experienced on the track in a glittering, gold-tinted career.

Planners could favour the Waitrose supermarket on Dover Road over Discovery Park's Sainsbury's.

As traditional pubs close at an alarming rate of eight a day in London and the south east, it’s a different story for the micro pubs in Sittingbourne and in Sheppey where everyone engages the moment they walk in.

An entrepreneur from Kent is co-founding a crowd-funding group aiming to invest in new companies from growing markets around the world.

A building materials supplier which turned over £5m last year has been bought out by an international DIY group.

Planning permission has been granted for Ashford Borough Council to begin work on the first phase of its commercial quarter regeneration scheme.

Far from the hipster web entrepreneurs of Tech City in Shoreditch, boarding school buddies Kenton Ward and Frank Di Mauro believe they are building the UK’s next big online name in a sleepy corner of Kent.

A new garden city in Kent will house 48,000 people and create 2,000 permanent jobs, according to detailed proposals submitted to the judges of a £250,000 competition.

When the Royal Navy left Chatham 30 years ago in 1984, few would have predicted it would be home to 140 small businesses employing more than 1,000 people.

For salon equipment supplier PJS Direct, hiring apprentice Jordan Jennings through the Kick Start Kent campaign has been a revelation.

It was out with the old to prepare to bring in the new when Dover MP Charlie Elphicke stood alongside Dover Harbour Board Chairman, George Jenkins OBE, and Chief Executive, Tim Waggott, on Friday 22 August. All three were there to start the demolition of the old Seacat berth at the former hoverport – the first physical step in the major revival plan for the Port.

Thankfully, the world of academia is far more entrepreneurial these days.

Plastics manufacturer Sinclair & Rush had already made its big move of the year before the nation’s exit from the biggest downturn in living memory, caused by the mother of all banking and financial crises.

Sonic Concept managing director Darren Hollands has ideas as big as the sounds his quirky hifi speaker systems make.

Small and medium-sized businesses in or moving to Ashford are to benefit from interest-free loans of up to £2.5m thanks to Expansion East Kent. So far over £27m has been committed to firms in other parts of East Kent but now the scheme, which still has £8m to allocate, has been extended to include the Ashford area.

A new company is aiming to make a big noise in the audio market and create up to 20 jobs from a base in east Kent with the help of advice from Locate in Kent, the county’s investment promotion agency.

The first half of the year has been extremely successful for Kent Science Park, which is near Sittingbourne in north Kent, with even more development scheduled over the coming months.

Kent’s life science cluster, home to nearly 150 companies employing more than 6,000 people, and two excellent science and technology locations at Discovery Park and Kent Science Park, means that this sector is increasingly important to the county’s economic growth.

A manufacturer and distributor which supplies turf fertiliser to seven of the nine Open Championship courses has been sold to a US giant in the field.

The Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce has launched a survey to find out where our county’s business community thinks new airport capacity should be located in the south east.


Buzzing Ramsgate is attracting ex-Londoners seeking Regency splendour on a shoestring.

Proof positive that Kent offers a great location for experts in the strawberry industry has seen Driscoll's Genetics more than double the size of its operations at East Malling Research.

Eurostar is to launch a new direct service to the south of France from Ashford next year, further strengthening the Kent town’s high-speed connections to the Continent.

A development bringing hundreds of new homes to Tunbridge Wells has released its first phase of houses.

Local people are being asked their opinions on how the Ebbsfleet garden city is developed in the future, in a consultation launched by government today.

A family-run business in Tunbridge Wells is taking off after releasing its range of middle-eastern, home-made sauces.

Kent’s SMEs are being warned not to leave enrolling their business into workplace pensions for too long, otherwise they may find themselves at the end of a very long queue.

The Cleansing Services Company MTS has purchased the property unit 7, Wyvern Way on the Henwood Industrial Estate in Ashford for £1.2 million; MTS has decided to move to larger premises to reflect their growing business and have chosen a site that complies with their requirements including excellent access to the M20 and Ashford town centre.

A new company is aiming to make a big noise in the audio market and create up to 20 jobs from a base in east Kent with the help of advice from Locate in Kent, the county’s investment promotion agency.

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