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Two Hoo Peninsula firms are among the first in Kent to successfully apply for a Tiger loan in Kent – receiving a combined total of nearly £250,000 to help grow their business.

TIGER – Thames Gateway Innovation, Growth and Enterprise – is a regional growth fund offering low-cost loans allowing businesses to invest in new products and services. Read More

recent 093 Medway Council is appealing to the area’s major businesses to take part in one of the county’s biggest industrial shows.

Partnering with the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce who are delivering the event, The Manufacturing and Engineering Expo 2013 will be held at Chatham’s Historic Dockyard on Wednesday 10 July, and has spaces available for firms who want to take part. There are opportunities for more than 60 major firms to exhibit at the show, which will be open to everyone. More

A new project has been launched on the Medway City Estate aimed at helping small businesses improve their ability to manage workplace health, safety and fire risks.
Estates Excellence brings together the Health and Safety Executive, Medway Council, Kent Fire Brigade and local businesses on the estate, including Veolia and Veetee Rice.
The partners will provide support, guidance and training to help businesses manage risk effectively, not only improving safety for employees but also enabling employers to benefit from reduced insurance costs and lost working time. More

An adult education course designed to help people set up in business starts this month (April). Medway Community Learning’s Setting up in Business will focus on finding out about different aspects of running a small business from evaluating ideas through to writing a business plan. The course will help budding entrepreneurs increase their skills and knowledge to be able to effectively move forward with their business. The course starts on Tuesday, 16 April at Hundred of Hoo School, from 7pm to 9pm for eight weeks. It costs £65, concessions available.

A recent survey and report by the British Retail Consortium has confirmed that the percentage of empty shops in our high streets is running at a national average of 11.3%. This is the highest figure since they began to conduct the regular surveys in July. More

Another local business has opened up in Medway, and for cobbler Arnaud Gois, it’s the start of a dream come true. The 38 year old has accomplished a 10-year dream and set up his own cobblers based in Station Road, Rainham, with a little help from a Medway Council start up grant. Cobbler Elf was officially opened for business at the end of September by owner Arnaud, who has spent the last 15 years working for shoe repair company, Timpson. More

Medway is gearing up for a day dedicated to showcasing the area’s economic prowess and employment opportunities.

Businesses and industry leaders from across the south east and London will descend on the Construction Expo in Medway, on Thursday, 11 October, for a day dedicated to boosting employment and regeneration in the area. More

Kingsnorth Power Station

Generation will cease at the Kent power station in March 2013

In March 2012 E.ON announced that power generation at its Kingsnorth power station will cease in March 2013. Like many other power stations around the country, Kingsnorth’s closure is a result of the EU’s Large Combustion Plant Directive legislation which requires it to close after generating for 20,000 hours from 1 January 2008 or at the end of 2015, whichever comes first. More

Calling all entrepreneurs…if you’ve ever been inspired to be your own boss, places are still available on a new evening course starting next month. More

Maidstone based company GP Acoustics UK Limited, manufacturers of KEF Audio products, has been named the best manufacturing business in the country in a prestigious award ceremony in London. More

Strood Academy builder BAM Construction has been recognised for its “exceptional and unique” relationship with the local community.

Since starting on the school project last spring, BAM has taken pupils to an adventure park, allowed firemen to practice emergency rescues on site, paved a football club’s entrance road and much more. More

Plans to create one of the country’s first University Technical Colleges (UTC) in Medway have won the backing of businesses and employers across Kent and Medway. A bid for a UTC specialising in construction and engineering More

Businesses in Medway will benefit from three new professional development courses thanks to Medway Adult and Community Learning Service. More

An event to help businesses in Medway create jobs and tackle unemployment is being held next week.

The conference, which will take place at the Corn Exchange, Rochester on Thursday, 16 February, is aimed at letting local businesses know about the range of free employment services on offer to them. More

Trading Standards officers have seized 38 fake look-a-like toys from a trader in Chatham featuring the trade marked images of children’s favourites Thomas the Tank Engine and Roary, The Racing Car.

The toys could easily be confused with genuine versions by parents and grandparents buying presents in the run up to Christmas. More

New portal gives local young people the resources to progress into a rewarding career

With unemployment at record levels among 16 to 24 year olds, and a recent survey stating that many young people don’t feel they will ever land their dream job, a groundbreaking initiative launches today. More

Two ex apprentices turned entrepreneurs are the latest business owners to take a Medway apprentice under their wing as part of the 100 in 100 apprenticeship campaign. More

Three significant pieces of legislation which came into force last Saturday will fundamentally affect companies and employees in the UK. More

Whatever industry or trade we work in there comes a time when we feel that if it were not for some of the constraints placed upon us, we could accomplish so much more, be more effective in our chosen field. That is a summary of how Andrew Gager was feeling after many years in the construction industry, slightly frustrated by some of the standards of workmanship, attention to detail and customer service he came across on a regular basis. Many of us accept that as the way it is, but to Andrews credit, he went the other way and so was born Miranda Double Glazing Parts & Repairs. More

Can it be worthwhile to study part time whilst working full time when you are over 35 or even 45 years old? More

We will be Cooking on the barbecue from about 11am through until around 3pm Come along and say hi have a look around the showroom, Ride your bikes down there is parking here for around a hundred or so bikes. We had our last barbecue a couple of years ago when we first opened and had around 3 to 400 people over the day. Mention to your clubs all are welcome. Come and see us at:
Units 10/11 Neptune Close
Neptune Business Estate
Medway City Estate
Rochester
Kent
ME2 4LT

Lancasters Removals, one of Kent’s leading domestic and commercial removal firms established for over 50 years, has been taking the strain for families moving home for over half a century.

Being a family-run firm, Lancasters understands that for many customers, the personal touch is more important than the corporate approach when it comes to taking care of people’s beloved belongings when moving home. More

The challenge to create 100 apprenticeships in 100 days is taking to the road next week. More

Here at Kent Classic Motorcycles (KCM) we are able to service all makes of motorcycles whether it be a Triumph Speed Twin, a Harley Davidson Electra Glide or a Yamaha FJ2900. With a 3,000sq ft service area we can accommodate a multitude of different bikes with full service capabilities. More

There are always good things going on around the Medway area, getting to hear about them is often a little more difficult. More

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