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Dover heralding 2018 as a year of new openings and opportunities

Contributed by editor on Jan 06, 2018 - 10:25 AM


Dover District Council is heralding 2018 as a year of new openings and opportunities across the district.

Kent firm urges Chancellor to introduce boiler cashback scheme in Budget to help cut fuel bills

Contributed by editor on Mar 14, 2016 - 01:30 PM


Swale Heating has written to the Chancellor urging him to introduce a nationwide boiler replacement scheme in Wednesday’s budget to help homeowners save on fuel bills.


Financial cost of Kent motorway misery could save UK economy £250 million a day

Contributed by editor on Dec 11, 2015 - 05:20 PM

A consultation launched today by Highways England for a lorry holding area that would end the misery suffered by thousands of residents and businesses when Operation Stack is in force could, save the Kent and Medway economy £1.45million a day.

Open Golf drives £77 million into Kent economy

Contributed by editor on Nov 24, 2011 - 12:15 PM

Independent economic research indicates that this year’s Open Championship brought a massive £77 million boost to Kent.

Cod dumping in the English Channel costing UK £1bn

Contributed by editor on Aug 01, 2011 - 10:45 AM

Two weeks after the European Commission published a proposed reform of EU fishing management, a research study has concluded that the practice of dumping fish over quota has cost the UK almost £1bn.

We must all hope Chancellor succeeds says Howard

Contributed by editor on Apr 23, 2009 - 12:10 AM

Howard's Way.... a weekly column from the Rt. Hon. Michael Howard QC. MP. 

23 April 2009

Council gives help to residents hit by credit crisis

Contributed by editor on Mar 02, 2009 - 12:00 AM

Dover District Council is launching extra initiatives to help
residents and businesses during the current economic climate.

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A new team, working with Citizens Advice Bureau and
Pensions Service, is holding roadshows where help is needed, in the
heart of our communities.

The new Health and Well-Being Team and partners will
be at the following locations:

  • Dover - Wednesday 11 March, Dover Pedestrian Precinct, 10am-2pm

  • Deal - Wednesday 18 March, The Undercroft, 10am-2pm

  • Sandwich - Thursday 26 March, the Guildhall Car park, 10am-2pm

  • Aylesham - Monday 30 March, the Car Park, Eastry Court, 10am-2pm

    Staff with specialist skills and knowledge from a range of departments
    have been brought together to offer help, advice and support in one
    place. The team is also working closely with a range of other agencies
    and partners in the community.

    The team and partners will target every aspect of life affected by
    unemployment and lost income. Help will cover housing and Council Tax
    Benefits, Jobseekers Allowance, disability benefits, redundancy advice
    employers and employees, advice for everyone aged 60 or over, financial
    help, specialist debt advice, advice about getting involved with your
    community, volunteering and access to health advice.

    Dover District Council is also bringing together local business groups
    to identify what support business needs and what can be done to help
    business and employees through the current climate. Proposals are also
    being put forward by the Council’s Cabinet to double the financial help
    it has available for business rate relief for businesses struggling to
    deal with immediate hardship.

    Dover District Council, with a range of partners, is formulating a Dover
    District Financial Inclusion Strategy. The draft can be seen at
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    development. Your views are welcomed.

    For more information or to contact the team, please call the Health and
    Well-being helpline on (01304) 872338 or email


    Folkestone Express office to close as Kent Messenger sheds 159 jobs

    Contributed by editor on Mar 01, 2009 - 12:00 AM

    The Folkestone Express office in the town's Sandgate Road is to close
    after the Kent Messenger Group announced it was also planning to shed more
    than a quarter of its 560-strong workforce in a fresh round of cutbacks
    announced on Thursday (26 February).

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    The family-owned group axed 59 posts including 30
    editorial posts in October 2008.

    The company, which runs local newspapers, websites and radio stations
    across the county says the economic climate has deteriorated since then
    and more restructuring is needed.

    It is now proposing a further series of cuts which place a total of 159
    jobs at risk of redundancy.

    As part of the proposal, the Group is planning to outsource its
    printing, mailroom and distribution operations, and close its offices in
    Folkestone and Cliftonville in Thanet.

    The group say that all the company's newspapers, websites and radio
    stations will continue to be produced under the proposals.

    Folkestone and Thanet will be served in future from the KM offices in
    Ashford and Whitstable.

    Managers are now consulting with all the staff affected by the
    proposals. The consultation is due to conclude in April.


    Howard calls for probe over leaked bank rescue story

    Contributed by editor on Oct 10, 2008 - 09:33 PM

    Folkestone and Hythe MP and former Conservative Leader Michael Howard has called for an immediate investigation over a leaked story which caused shares to plummet.

    Mr Howard wrote to the Financial Services Authority after a report by the BBC’s business editor Robert Peston suggested a number of UK banks 'asked' the Chancellor for capital injections, causing UK bank shares to tumble on Tuesday (7 October).

    The letter pointed out that the regulatory announcement system existed to prevent this sort of report and its consequences and requested that an inquiry into the source of the leaked information be launched immediately.