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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.

Discovery Park in Sandwich, Kent, was visited by Penny Mordaunt MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary for Communities on 7 August to hear about its growth during the past two years and its master plan for the future.

Award-winning Millwood Designer Homes Ltd is set for further growth after attracting a £10m investment in a deal managed by law firm Cripps.

Discovery Park, which is celebrating its second anniversary, is a role model for the rest of the UK, according to a Government minister.

A college and housing association have teamed up to create more than 20 apprenticeships.

The developers behind two contentious wind farm projects in Kent have announced they will source at least 60% of their construction contracts within Kent.

A printing company has hired more than 50 new staff since the turn of the year, in a bid to boost customer service.

The rural sector is set to grow according to the results of a survey published this week.

A communications firm is launching a £200,000 bid to become the UK’s leading niche internet service provider (ISP) after receiving an interest-free loan.

Following the announcement of the management buyout by Martin Stemp of RS Aqua in May this year, Reeves is proud to announce the successful completion of a second management buyout.

Frozen fruit and vegetable specialist Ardo UK has received a top award in recognition of its outstanding health and safety record for the second year in a row.

Homeowners could be compensated by the state if the value of their property falls as a result of the building of new garden cities, to encourage them to accept a development in their area, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said.

A business park is to be given £4.6m to build new roads and other infrastructure on the site.

More than 250,000 passengers sailed to mainland Europe from the Port of Dover at the start of the summer holidays on Dover’s luxury ferries.

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