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Power List winner Jonathan Neame of Shepherd Neame says influence must be earned over a long period of time

You are never in a convenient place when you find out you have come top of the pile of Kent’s 40 most influential business people. “I was slightly bemused because I was on holiday skiing with my family for half-term and I got a text from a friend which was slightly tongue-in-cheek,” said Jonathan Neame inside his office at Shepherd …

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Freedom of city honour for trio

The freedom of the city of Canterbury will be awarded to three high-profile figures tonight (Thursday). Amanda Cottrell, Sir Graeme Odgers and Paul Barrett will receive the honour at a ceremony in the Guildhall in recognition of their “outstanding contribution to the life and wellbeing of the city of Canterbury”. They will join the list of freemen of the city, …

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Ambrette in running for restaurant title

CANTERBURY Ambrette restaurant is in the running to be named the best restaurant in Kent, despite only being open for a couple of months. The restaurant is part of a chain of South East Indian venues run by TV chef Dev Biswal. The chef who lives in Canterbury opened a restaurant in the city this summer, to join the other …

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War website shows our place on the front line

A NEW website has been launched to mark the centenary of the First World War and how it affected Kent. Frontline Kent was set up by Visit Kent and Kent County Council and features key wartime locations. Canterbury cathedral gets a mention for the Warriors Chapel of St Michael, where the colours of the Buffs, the Royal East Kent Regiment, …

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Canterbury spouts nonsense, Herne Bay fountain of wisdom. Nobody surprised.

#FUCCC Our Council’s Culture & Enterprise bureaucrats seem to think they know what Guardian readers are interested in (how?), but I put it to you, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, that Guardian journalists have a much clearer picture of what interests their readers. In fact, they’ve already said that they’ll be coming to Herne Bay to cover this summer’s …

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Why throw good money at bad airport?

In the hope of finding why KCC are peeing our money away, we’ve asked Sharon Dawson (top banana at Visit Kent) some simple and obvious questions. We’ll let you know what, if anything, comes of them. Dear Ms Dawson, I understand that Visit Kent has been given £100,000 of public money in order to ‘market’ KLM flights at Manston.  My …

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Council throws good money at bad airport

KCC + KLM + KIA = WTF Getting a straight answer out of KCC is hard at the best of times – even with the legal leverage of the Freedom of Information Act it can take months. But it’s usually worth the wait, and the dogged persistence is rewarded. And let’s not forget, anything that’s released under the FoI Act …

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Number-crunching

Charles Buchanan (CEO, Manston Airport) from the night flights proposal: Today some 110 staff are employed by the airport, with approximately a further 40 employed in servicing the operation of the airport. The airport currently generates £4.5m GVA (Gross Added Value) of which some £3.8m is within the Thanet economy … development in line with the published Master Plan would …

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