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Times Radio reveals political opinion divides across the UK

Times Radio has unveiled the results of new polling data that underpins the regions in the UK with the highest levels of political knowledge, engagement and ambition.

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South East SMEs losing out on nearly £870m a year in ‘missing interest’

New research from Allica Bank reveals that SMEs across the South East are losing out on nearly £870 million annually as a result of not shopping around for better interest rates on their business savings.

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Thousands of homes and businesses in Kent set to receive 2Gbps broadband for first time

Towns across Kent now have access to 2Gbps (2,000Mbps) internet speeds, the fastest connection many communities have ever experienced.

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West Sussex County Council and Lovell Partnerships launch Kinsted Developments

The first in a series of new housing developments has been launched in Southwick, marking the start of a long-term joint venture between West Sussex County Council and Lovell Partnerships.

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Skills deficit damaging productivity, say South East businesses 

The productivity of mid-sized businesses in the South East is being dragged down by a lack of key skills, according to new data from business and financial adviser Grant Thornton UK LLP. 

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The election will bring political change to the South East

With the General Election scheduled for 4 July and Labour still enjoying significant poll leads over the Conservatives, the South East is looking set to be a key electoral battleground, and the national result could have significant implications for the region. Both Labour and the Liberal Democrats are targeting seats in the South East, with […]

CWJ Expert Comment

Reform of Holiday Pay

The basic right to annual leave is that a worker is entitled to 5.6 weeks’ leave each year. This is the equivalent to 28 days for those working five days a week. Subsequently, a part time worker is entitled to a pro rata amount of 28 days, according to the number of days they work. […]

Expert Comment Kreston Reeves

Maximising Business Property Relief

At the start of 2022, there were estimated to be 5.5 million private sector businesses in the UK, of which 5.47 million businesses were in the small category (i.e. with 0 to 49 employees) – the very backbone of the British economy. But are these business owners maximising tax allowances available to them to ensure […]

CWJ Expert Comment

Paternity Leave and Carer’s Leave

From 6 April 2024, where the expected week of childbirth or expected date of placement for adoption falls on or after this date, paternity leave will be able to be taken in two blocks of one week, rather than having to take two weeks leave consecutively. In addition, the leave can be taken at any […]

Chambers of Commerce Expert Comment

Are we really running out of people?

In the last edition’s article, I made the case for how our economy would benefit from having more medium-sized businesses. One such benefit was the opportunity to provide work placements, internships or even higher-level apprenticeships as a means of growing and expanding the workforce. This, in itself, was as good a reason as any to […]

Chambers of Commerce Expert Comment

A spring update

Here at Surrey Chambers, we are delighted to be launching, in partnership with Surrey Heath Borough Council, the Surrey Manufacturing and Engineering Network – a dynamic initiative aimed at fostering collaboration and growth within the manufacturing and engineering sector in Surrey. Our mission is to facilitate shared learning, create supply chain opportunities and offer business […]

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Times Radio reveals political opinion divides across the UK

Times Radio has unveiled the results of new polling data that underpins the regions in the UK with the highest levels of political knowledge, engagement and ambition.

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South East SMEs losing out on nearly £870m a year in ‘missing interest’

New research from Allica Bank reveals that SMEs across the South East are losing out on nearly £870 million annually as a result of not shopping around for better interest rates on their business savings.

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Thousands of homes and businesses in Kent set to receive 2Gbps broadband for first time

Towns across Kent now have access to 2Gbps (2,000Mbps) internet speeds, the fastest connection many communities have ever experienced.

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West Sussex County Council and Lovell Partnerships launch Kinsted Developments

The first in a series of new housing developments has been launched in Southwick, marking the start of a long-term joint venture between West Sussex County Council and Lovell Partnerships.

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Skills deficit damaging productivity, say South East businesses 

The productivity of mid-sized businesses in the South East is being dragged down by a lack of key skills, according to new data from business and financial adviser Grant Thornton UK LLP. 

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Get Ahead welcomes new regional director for Kent

Virtual outsourcing agency Get Ahead has welcomed a new regional director to its expanding network. Hazel Hall will lead the Kent region, helping companies in Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks, Ashford and beyond to get ahead.

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Thomson Snell & Passmore partners with the Children’s Respite Trust

Kent law firm Thomson Snell & Passmore and the Children’s Respite Trust have set out on a two-year charity partnership.

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Sysco GB sponsors Ashford Pride

Sysco GB will be sponsoring Ashford’s first-ever Pride celebration, taking place on Saturday 22 June.

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Maidstone’s LOC8 phase one fully let and second phase pre-lets gather momentum 

Clearbell Property Partners III LP, a fund managed by private equity real estate fund management and advisory business Clearbell Capital LLP, has announced that the first phase of its LOC8 development, a multi-let industrial estate in Maidstone, is now fully let. Momentum is also building at the site’s second phase which is already 50% pre-let.  

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2024 Taste of Kent Awards winners announced

Leading Kent food and drink producers, farmers and restaurants were amongst those recognised at this year’s Taste of Kent Awards (TOKA), which took place last night (Thursday 13 June) at the Gulbenkian Arts Centre in Canterbury.

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Foresight supports Lepide on next stage of growth 

Foresight Group, a leading listed private equity and infrastructure investment manager, has announced a growth investment into Kent-headquartered data security firm Lepide.

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Hospital trust team named apprenticeship champions

The apprenticeship team at East Kent Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (EKHFT) have been awarded the highest prize at the East Kent Apprenticeship Awards.

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