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Ever wondered how the Council’s procurement processes work? Interested in tendering for Council contracts? Then this could be the session for you! Come and join us for the very first Funsize Procurement event at 6:00pm on Thursday 27th September 2018. We’ll be looking at how the Council’s procurement processes work, introducing you to Kent Business…

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AC Goatham & Son has taken a step closer to greater automation across its farming and packing business with the delivery of its largest individual order of Mechanical Handling Equipment to date. The arrival of 26 brand new Cesab machines along with five new Prins Tigers, is also the largest single order for Kent’s Prins…

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On the 28th and 29th September 2018, 14 members of the KIMS Hospital team will be cycling from KIMS Hospital, Maidstone to the twinned town of Beauvais, France. The challenge of cycling over 120 miles will hope to raise much-needed funds for their charity of the year, Samaritans, Maidstone and Weald. A support crew of four…

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Commenting on today’s A level results and the apprenticeship statistics released by the Department for Education, Jane Gratton, Head of Business Skills at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “Business people across the country will offer their sincere congratulations to all the students who received their A level results. “Right now, UK companies are…

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Commenting on the labour market figures for August 2018, published today by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “The continued rise in employment and the drop in the unemployment rate is further confirmation that the UK’s jobs market remains in good shape, despite subdued economic conditions….

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AC Goatham & Son’s Commercial Director, Carol Ford, will share a growth story with a difference as the headline business speaker at Kent B2B Medway. Launched 71 years ago as an agricultural contractor, AC Goatham & Son is an award-winning family business based in Hoo. The company now supplies over 250 million apples and pears…

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Commenting on the first estimate of GDP for Q2 2018, published today by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said “While there was a welcome uptick in GDP growth in the second quarter, the figures have been flattered somewhat by a very weak first quarter, and so…

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Almost 30% of businesses have seen an increase in the number of staff taking time off for mental health reasons, according to a survey conducted by leading business organisation British Chambers of Commerce, and Aviva, the UK’s largest insurer. One in three (33%) business leaders have also noticed an increase in the length of time…

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Although it did not feel like it at times, the British pound and the Canadian dollar came out of the second quarter of 2018 with a reasonably positive result. It was the US dollar, though, that minced the opposition. Gains of 7.1% against sterling – ten cents – and 6.4% from the euro were only the half of it….

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Commenting on today’s interest rate decision by the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “The decision to raise interest rates, while expected, looks ill-judged against a backdrop of a sluggish economy. While a quarter point rise may have a limited long-term financial…

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