Month: January 2024

Commercial property News

Eastbourne’s Pacific House sees two companies move in for next phase of growth

Two service companies – Loch Associates Group and Professional Insurance Agents – have taken offices at Pacific House on Eastbourne’s Sovereign Harbour Innovation Park to help drive their next phase of expansion.

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Construction News

McGoff Group unveils mixed-use development in Herne Bay

McGoff Group has acquired land in Kent for a mixed-use development, comprising a 67-bed care facility and 49 bungalows.

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South East businesses accounted for 12% of UK administrations in 2023

South East businesses accounted for 12% of administrations in 2023 – the third highest region in the UK – according to analysis by Sussex law firm Mayo Wynne Baxter.

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Commercial property News

Flude announces sale of a freehold investment in heart of Brighton City Centre

Brighton and Hove-based independent chartered surveyor Flude Property Consultants has announced the sale of 142 Western Road in Brighton to local investors.

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Startup Focus

An ambitious alternative

Sussex-based consultancy Greenfields Energy Group, headed up by Richard Clark and Liam Conway, is helping firms overcome soaring energy costs

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Pennard Vets triumphs at Employee Ownership Association awards

Kent-based Pennard Vets has been named the Employee Ownership Association’s (EOA) ‘Rising Star’, which recognises the success of an organisation that is less than three years into its employee ownership journey.

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CEF ‘TechTalks’ head to Kent

UK electrical wholesaler CEF is bringing the third series of its popular ‘TechTalks’ to Kent Event Centre in Kent on Wednesday 7 February 2024.

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Functional Business

Functional business: Marketing

In the competitive world of business, strategic marketing isn’t just a luxury – it’s the very heartbeat that sustains and propels success

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News

Broadstairs’ Elev8 plans expansion

Broadstairs-based bounce park and soft play centre Elev8 has announced that it is to double in size this spring, following the acquisition of the lease on a neighbouring building, the former Laura Ashley store at the Broadstairs Retail Park.

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Major college campus in Sussex put up for sale

A major college campus with development potential in Worthing, West Sussex has been put up for sale with property consultancy Vail Williams. Williams is inviting freehold bids for the 5.9-acre Northbrook College Broadwater Campus site. The owner, Chichester College Group, is selling the campus in order to consolidate its provision in Worthing and facilitate investment […]

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New construction partner joins Thomson Snell & Passmore 

Thomson Snell & Passmore’s construction team has welcomed Caroline Watkins as a partner – an appointment which plays a crucial role in advancing the team’s continuous growth plans.

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Third phase of British Business Bank scheme offers £1bn of lending to UK smaller businesses

The British Business Bank has announced that the third iteration of its Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS) has supported £1bn of finance offers to smaller businesses since its launch in August 2022.

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OakNorth completes £52m loan to Beaverbrook estate in Surrey

OakNorth, a UK bank for scaling businesses, has provided a £52m loan to Beaverbrook, a quintessentially English country house estate nestled in the heart of the Surrey Hills, to help refinance existing facilities and fund future growth.

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Produced in Kent announces strategic partnership with Kent Food Hubs CIC

Produced in Kent, a dynamic community of local growers and artisan producers, has partnered with Kent Food Hubs CIC, an online sales platform for local sustainable artisan food and drink.

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Research reveals reasons why employees avoid the office

Three in 10 employees with hybrid working options say their manager or boss being in the office puts them off from coming in more regularly, according to new research from flexible workspace and coworking brand Beyond.

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Project Showcase

A perfect match

Successful creative partnership sees Oak Creative Design enhance brand awareness and customer engagement for The Night Yard

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Kent Housing Group Conference 2024 set to take place in March

The challenges and opportunities facing the public and private housing sector in Kent and Medway will be put under the microscope at the Kent Housing Group Conference 2024, which is taking place at the Kent Event Centre on 5 March.

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Surrey’s Zehnder Group UK celebrates trio of award wins

Camberley-based indoor climate solutions provider Zehnder Group UK has been honoured with three prestigious awards at ceremonies within the UK manufacturing sector.

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Eclipse HR launches in Kent

A new HR consultancy called Eclipse HR has officially launched in Kent in a bid to provide leading human resources support and guidance to businesses in the county.

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Commercial property News

Brighton Trade Park welcomes Team Frames

Flude Property Consultants has announced the letting of Unit 4 Brighton Trade Park, Crowhurst Road, Brighton to Teamframes, a specialist manufacturer of doors, windows and roofing products for the trade.

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Frasers Group to create new flagship store in Maidstone, Kent

Fremlin Walk has signed a new long-term lease agreement with Frasers Group for its 101,921 sq ft unit at M&G Real Estate’s Maidstone town centre retail destination.

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Dover hotel investment to ‘boost town’s tourism appeal’

Expansion at the Best Western Premier Dover Marina Hotel and Spa, a four-star hotel on Dover seafront, will help the town become a leading tourist destination, planners have been told.

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Kent’s ARC-UK Technologies boosts sustainability drive with £1m investment

ARC-UK Technologies, headquartered in Dartford, has ramped up its sustainability efforts by investing more than £1m in eco-friendly printing that saves resources, enhances time efficiency and improves sustainability practices.

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Entry to the 2024 Taste of Kent Awards opens

Kent businesses are invited to enter the 2024 Taste of Kent Awards (TOKA) as the search for the tastiest food and drink in the county begins.

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Carpenter Box announces Jones Avens merger

Sussex and South East accountancy firm Carpenter Box has reached an agreement with Jones Avens accountants to merge the practice into its South Coast operations.

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Cover Stories

Flying high

The corporate travel sector is bouncing back, and ISON Travel, led by Helen Cannon, is supporting professionals with all their needs

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Thomson Snell & Passmore unveils series of promotions and appointments

Kent law firm Thomson Snell & Passmore has made a series of promotions and appointments from across its departments. The promotions, which took effect from 1 January 2024, include one associate and one legal executive, as well as five newly qualified solicitors. 

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Newhaven Enterprise Zone welcomes Chamber of Commerce president to board

Newhaven Enterprise Zone (NEZ) is excited to welcome the president of Newhaven Chamber of Commerce as its newest board member, building on its work to deliver economic growth and support businesses in the town.

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Chartway announces acquisition of Friday Street Farm in Eastbourne

Chartway Partnerships Group, a land-led housebuilder in South East England, has announced the successful acquisition of the Friday Street Farm site in Langney, Eastbourne from Wates Developments, part of the Wates Group.

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Contracts Engineering bolsters senior leadership team

Contracts Engineering Ltd, based in Sittingbourne, Kent, has announced significant changes to its senior leadership team with Troy Barratt stepping up to become CEO and Dave Fisk joining the business as managing director.

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Loch Associates Group opens second office in Eastbourne

Loch Associates Group, headquartered in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, has expanded into East Sussex with the opening of a new Eastbourne office after experiencing continued growth in the region and doubling turnover and headcount in just three years.

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Cripps law firm achieves B Corp certification

Cripps, a top 100 UK law firm, has achieved B Corp certification, marking a significant milestone in its ongoing commitment to making a positive and lasting difference for its clients, people, communities and the planet.

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Chamber sets out priorities for 2024

Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce has identified four key priorities for 2024 as part of its ‘Where Business Belongs’ campaign with the British Chambers of Commerce to support its members and build a stronger local economy.

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Construction News

Community-centric housing plan unveiled for Teynham development

Chartway Partnerships Group and Moat Homes have submitted to Swale Borough Council a Reserved Matters Planning Application for the development of 298 new mixed-tenure homes, community facilities and public open space at Frognal Place in Teynham.  

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Managing sickness absences crucial as staff absences reach record high

Latest figures show that working time lost to illness has reached a record high in the UK, and employment law specialist Furley Page is advising employers to ensure they have clear processes in place when it comes to managing employee absences.

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Reflect Digital kicks off 2024 with its digital skills conference

Kent-based search agency Reflect Digital is set to host its annual digital skills conference, which aims to inspire students about the opportunities in the digital industry.

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Productivity, growth and investment ranked as top New Year’s resolutions

New research from Lloyds Bank has found that almost half (46%) of firms in the South East are making New Year’s resolutions to improve their productivity as businesses signal confidence in more positive macroeconomic conditions ahead.

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