Task Force aims to keep Kent & Medway working

Public and private sector leaders across Kent and Medway have responded to the impact on jobs in the county by uniting to support those looking for employment and those whose jobs may be lost as a result of the Covid pandemic. The Kent and Medway Employment Task Force, chaired by Kent County Council Leader Roger…

Building on the success of Kent’s cross-Channel trade links

Kent County Council celebrated the success of its ‘Innovative Sector Exchange’ (ISE) project, which comes to an end in December after four years, by helping produce a video featuring contributions from partners across northern Europe which was shared at a recent online event. The project, which was part-financed by the European Interreg 2 Seas Programme,…

Company fined for building across public byway

Developers who built warehouses across a Public Right of Way have been fined a total of £1,600 with £20,000 costs and ordered to co-operate in getting the byway rerouted. GSE Commercial Estates, which is part of the GSE Group, a large civil engineering, construction and plant hire business, committed the offences on the Waterbrook Park…

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Trading Standards crackdown on Covid regulation-breakers

Officers from KCC Trading Standards have carried out a countywide operation to investigate businesses suspected of being open, contrary to the existing Covid lockdown regulations. A total of 48 premises – many of them car-washes – were targeted in all districts across the county on Friday (20th November), resulting in officers serving 13 prohibition notices.…

Conference to help Kent businesses boost cross-Channel trade

Small and medium-sized companies in Kent with ambitions to do business across the Channel have the opportunity to take part in a special online conference next week. It has been organised as part of the Innovative Sector Exchange project which provides support to businesses based in Kent, Hauts-de-France, East Flanders, West Flanders and the South…

More successful No Use Empty projects near completion

Three very different schemes being undertaken with the backing of KCC’s No Use Empty initiative are nearing completion. The scheme was initially aimed primarily at providing loans to assist with the renovation of empty homes to bring them back into occupation, but the scope has since been widened to include new-build projects and commercial premises.…

Kent Adult Education releases new courses for 2021

Kent Adult Education is launching a new range of courses, with some being held at selected centres which have reopened in a COVID-19 safe environment. However, many of the courses, which begin in January, will be online and interactive, delivered in real time. Courses cover arts, craft, languages & communication, fitness & wellbeing, and a…