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Small Business Boost Launches

Posted on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

If you are a small business based in East Kent (covering Ashford Canterbury, Dover, Shepway and Thanet), you could be eligible for a loan from the Small Business Boost fund, part of Expansion East Kent. The scheme is aimed at a wide range of businesses including those in the manufacturing and service sectors – applicants…

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Plans to Protect Smallest Firms in Food Supply Chain

Posted on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

The European Commission has adopted a communication setting out ways of protecting small food producers and retailers against the unfair trading practices of their larger trading partners. According to the Commission, unfair practices include refusing to put commercial terms in writing and terminating contracts without notice or justification. Rather than moving to legislate at European…

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Zammit Roofing have generously offered five acres of apple orchard rent free to run both as a productive orchard and as a wildlife habitat with all money raised from the sale of fruit going to Kent Wildlife Trust. This year the fruit will be sold through well publicised “Pick Your Own” days, ideally 7 days…

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HMRC Updates IR35 Guidance

Posted on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

HMRC has released a new set of frequently-asked questions (FAQs) to help freelancers understand IR35 and assess whether it applies to their particular working arrangements. IR35 rules apply in certain circumstances when freelancers are engaged by clients via an intermediary organisation and are intended to ensure the appropriate payment of National Insurance Contributions (NICs) and…

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Google to Fund European Start-ups

Posted on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Google has launched a investment capital venture to fund European technology start-ups. The $100m (£58m) fund will “invest in the best ideas from the best European entrepreneurs”, Bill Maris, managing partner at Google Ventures. The venture will be based near London’s Silicon Roundabout technology district. But Google will consider expansion into other areas. In a…

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Company information to become freely available

Posted on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Companies House is to make all of its company information available free of charge from spring 2015. Currently, anyone wishing to view information held by Companies House must pay up to £1 per search, and £8.7 million was spent accessing company information in 2013/14. Under the changes there will no longer be a fee for…

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Roadworks on the A2

Posted on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

I write on behalf of the Highways Agency to inform you of the proposed repair work to the A2 Trunk Road between the eastern end of the M2 and Canterbury, Kent. The works will entail the deep repair of potholes and resurfacing work on the Coastbound (eastbound) main carriageway. This work will require the closure…

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Competition – Virgin Trade Mission to India

Posted on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Are you looking to grow your business in India? Win free flights on a Trade Mission to Mumbai, India with Virgin Atlantic and the British Chambers of Commerce Date: 07 October 2014 Location: Mumbai, India Explore opportunities in one of the world’s fastest growing markets Virgin Atlantic Little Red and the British Chambers of Commerce…

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Government Cuts Export Funding for Small Firms

Posted on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Match funding for various UKTI schemes, including Passport to Export, Gateway to Growth and the Export Communications Review (ECR) programme has been reduced or withdrawn by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), according to a report in the Telegraph. The affected schemes help firms build international operations or overcome language barriers, and provide…

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Chilean Representative Pays a Visit to Kent

Posted on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

As part of the growing development of the overseas Chamber network, Kent will be hosting the representative from the British Chile Chamber of Commerce on Monday 21st July. To find out more about the Chamber in Chile click here