The last few years have been tough for businesses across the south-east and various schemes have been suggested to boost the economy.
One is the "Business Improvement District", or BID, which sees local shops and companies paying extra taxes to help attract customers.
But Canterbury is the only place in the whole of Kent that's taken up a BID; we sent David Johns to find out why.
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Britannia's maiden voyage is the fastest ever selling cruise for her owners, P&O, with every cabin snapped up within days of going on sale.
The super liner was named by the Queen on Tuesday in Southampton, she was given a traditional send off by the Royal Marines band from Portsmouth and with confetti covering the ship, followed by a big fireworks display. Hundreds of people lined the shore of Southampton Water with many more on small craft following her out into The Solent.
Drivers in Brighton and Hove are being urged to use their mobile phones to pay for parking. The city council is removing half of all ticket machines to save money. But some motorists fear the change will make parking more difficult for those without mobiles. Malcolm Shaw spoke to Jason Kitcat, the Green leader of Brighton & Hove City Council, and Steve Percy of People's Parking Protest.
Crawley-based Virgin Atlantic has published its annual financial results, confirming the successful delivery of a two-year recovery plan and a return to profit.
For the year ended 31 December 2014, the group is reporting a profit before tax and exceptional items of £14.4m, representing an improvement of £65.4m on the previous year’s financial performance.
Trading Standards officers in Medway are trying to reunite residents with valuable belongings following the closure of a Gillingham 'pawnbrokers'.
Cash Generator on the High Street closed in January and owners only have two weeks to claim their items.
Anyone who was due to buy possessions back from Cash Generator, Gillingham after January 31, should to call Medway Council's Trading Standards Team on 01634 333333.
AWE, the Atomic Weapons Establishment is preparing to celebrate national apprenticeship week. The company has a long tradition of running a apprenticeship schemes.
The event is part of the eighth annual National Apprenticeship Week, which is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service and designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the economy.
AWE has had been running apprenticeship schemes for over 60 years. Currently, 11% of its workforce is made up of former apprentices.
Rob Cottrell, AWE’s Skills Academy Manager, said: “Apprenticeships allow AWE to grow its own talent pool by developing a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce and many of our former apprentices have worked their way up through the company to senior leadership positions.”
A cafe in Portsmouth has reached the number two spot in a national competition - for having the best shop pun name.
Hard Wok Kafe, in Charlotte Street, made to it to second place with 15% of the vote, which were cast by visitors for their favourite shop name nationwide.
A breakdown of the winning ten:
1.Ace of Vapes, Eastwood, Nottingham 9%
2. Glasgrow, Glasgow 12%
3. Bit-A-Sweet, Seahouses, Northumberland 12%
4. Hair Dot Comb, Falkirk 27%
5. Lunch & Judy, Birkenhead 4%
6. Hard Wok Kafe, Portsmouth 15%
7. Peaches & Clean, Feltham 0%
8. Café Indie Pendent, Scunthorpe 8%
9.Croc-A-Tile, Chesterfield 6%
10.Peaches n Pairs, Uttoxeter 8%
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