Archive for the ‘Kent Business News’ category

Companies warned over changes to VAT on pension scheme costs

A recent European Court ruling on VAT has important cost implications for companies approaching their pensions auto-enrolment staging date, warns DSH Chartered Accountants & Business Advisors. The ruling has prompted HMRC to make significant changes to its policy on the recovery of VAT on pension scheme costs by employers. However, Martin Dane, Head of VAT […]

Locate in Kent welcomes extension of high-speed rail services

Locate in Kent, the county’s investment promotion agency, has welcomed the news that high-speed rail services to Sandwich and Deal are to continue until October 2014. The Department for Transport announced today (Wednesday) that it was extending rail operator Southeastern’s franchise to run the route by six months. It added that it was developing plans […]

Entity Accelerate Expansion With Tiger Funding

Kent Science Park based information management specialists Entity are expanding both on the site and internationally, after being the only company in Swale to secure TIGER funding. After working closely with Kent County Council and strategic SME Consulting firm – Station Road West, Entity have been awarded £250,000, which will be used to increase their […]

Inventor Alexander K Bushell and Joanna Lumley OBE Win International Invention Award

Kent Science Park based inventor Alexander K Bushell and Joanna Lumley OBE have won a platinum award in the International Invention of the Year category at the British and International Invention Awards 2013. Alexander and Joanna joined forces to unveil two new products at the British Invention Show 2013 – a prestigious four-day exhibition, which […]

National role for IAB Chief Executive

Malcolm Trotter, Chief Executive of the International Association of Book-keepers, based at Kings Hill, has been appointed chairman of the SFEDI/IOEE Advisory Council. SFEDI (Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative) is the Government recognised, not-for-profit, Sector Skills Body for Business Enterprise and Business Support. It researches what is needed for those preparing to start their own […]

Businesses back Kent Breakfast campaign

Representatives of local tourism and hospitality businesses gathered at a series of workshops this autumn to get tips on how to serve a great Kent Breakfast. The Kent Breakfast scheme, promoted jointly by Visit Kent and Produced in Kent, is encouraging the county’s B&Bs, hotels, restaurants, pubs, cafes and everywhere else that serves breakfast to […]

Shepherd Neame Plans Major Investment In Landmark Sheppy Pub

One of the Isle of Sheppey’s most iconic buildings, the award-winning Royal Hotel, Sheerness, is to be given a refurbishment costing more than £100,000 by brewers Shepherd Neame. It is the brewery’s second major recent investment on the island following the successful £350,000 relaunch of The Aviator, Queenborough, and Shepherd Neame is seeking a new […]

Hugh Robertson MP sees progress at £85m Kent hospital

Kent Institute of Medicine & Surgery (KIMS) welcomed Rt Hon Hugh Robertson, MP for Faversham & Mid Kent, and Minister of State in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, to see construction work going on at the £85m state-of-the-art hospital. Being constructed on land at junction 7 of the M20 at Maidstone, KIMS is set to […]

Kent Science Park to Host Budget Themed Q&A with Gordon Henderson MP

On December 6th Gordon Henderson, MP for Sittingbourne and Sheppey, will be returning to Kent Science Park to take part in a question and answer session with local businesses. The Q&A is designed for all business owners in the local community to put forward any questions they might have for Mr. Henderson and his guest […]

Graduates In The Labour Market

In April-June 2013, people with a degree in medicine or dentistry had the highest employment rate of all graduates, at 95%, followed by those with media and information studies degrees (93%), a new report from ONS shows. However, while the medical graduates had the highest median pay, at £45,600 a year, media and information studies […]