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Kent’s Europa to run routes on low-carbon fuel for DPD Netherlands

Kent’s Europa to run routes on low-carbon fuel for DPD Netherlands

Europa Road has signed a contract with DPD Netherlands to run new daily line hauls between the UK and Netherlands using cleaner fuel. Its vehicles will run exclusively on hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO-100), replacing diesel. The transition comes as the EU and UK announce new targets for the road freight industry, calling for operators to reduce emissions 42 per cent from 2005 levels by 2030. Opened in 2015 close to the Dartford Crossing, Europa Road’s 26,368 sq m transit hub has seen a 15 per cent increase year on year in the volume of European road freight, and a record 40,000 consignments a month pass through the terminal. Stuart McKie, regional manager for Europa Road, explained how the company plans to adopt the use of HVO-100 on DPD movements. “Phase one of the implementation is for the ecommerce line hauls flowing from Netherlands (Eindhoven) to the UK (Hinckley)”, he said. “This consists of two trailers per day, five days a week. “We’ve committed to replacing 30,000 km worth of diesel fuel with HVO-100, a major condition …

Kent’s CT Travel Group celebrates 35 years in business

Kent’s CT Travel Group celebrates 35 years in business

This month marks a milestone for CT Travel Group as the Kent business celebrates 35 years of trading. The company was launched in 1988 by Tunbridge Wells businessman Mark Kempster. Mark started out selling adventure holidays and theatre evenings before identifying a gap in the market for the business travel management needs for many of his leisure clients. CT Travel Group has since grown to incorporate three brands under its umbrella. A trade missions department was established in 2005, helping businesses to expand their global reach and trade overseas with new countries. Then in 2007 came a dedicated groups, conferences and incentives department. Like most independent businesses, CT Business Travel weathered a challenging landscape during and after Covid, but has since returned to pre-pandemic trading levels. It’s now going from strength to strength, with a significant influx of both new clients and new hires fuelling a turnover of £43 million in 2023/24. Founder and CEO Mark said: “As we approach the end of our 35th year of trading, we celebrate a significant milestone in our …

‘Exceptional harvest’ boosts revenues 15 per cent at Kent’s Chapel Down winery

‘Exceptional harvest’ boosts revenues 15 per cent at Kent’s Chapel Down winery

Chapel Down has hailed an ‘exceptional harvest’, posting net sales revenues of £17.9 million for the year ended 31 December 2023 – up 15 per cent on the previous year. The Kent winery saw particular growth in its brand-defining traditional method sparkling (TMS) wines, selling 887,000 bottles to boost revenues 25 per cent. It also celebrated the ‘continued premiumisation’ of the brand, with Chapel Down’s average selling price up 13 per cent for 2023. The business closed out the year with a successful listing on AIM last December. It’s now looking to the future with the planting of the Boxley Abbey vineyard on the North Downs of Kent, growing its area share of UK planted vineyards to almost 10 per cent – with plans also to begin planting at Buckwell this spring. Andrew Carter, CEO of Chapel Down, said: “2023 was a landmark year for English wine and Chapel Down. “It’s great to see the strategic and operational progress that we’ve delivered, and the continuing sales momentum that we have. “In line with our 2023 targets, …

Kent’s Vistry Group boosts revenues 30 per cent after move to partnerships model

Kent’s Vistry Group boosts revenues 30 per cent after move to partnerships model

Kent’s Vistry Group has posted adjusted revenues of just over £4 billion for the year ended 31st December 2023 – up 29.7 per cent on the previous year. Following its £1.1 billion merger with London’s Countryside Partnerships in late 2022, the housebuilder switched strategy to focus exclusively on partnerships housing. The past financial year has seen Vistry working to integrate Countryside into the business and pivot to this new model. It’s already delivering results, as the group achieved 16,118 completions in 2023 – 4,167 more than in 2022. Ralph Findlay OBE, chair of Vistry Group, said: “Following completion of the combination with Countryside, integration moved at pace, taking a collaborative approach focused on building on the best from each business. “I’m pleased to report that the businesses came together extremely well, with an excellent cultural and business fit. “Vistry delivered a robust financial performance in 2023, highlighting the resilience of the group’s unique partnerships model, as levels of demand for new houses in the open market remained suppressed. “The group starts 2024 in a strong …

Kent’s mpro5 opens up new sales through Channel Tools partnership

Kent’s mpro5 opens up new sales through Channel Tools partnership

mpro5, a process management app developed in Tunbridge Wells, has launched a strategic partnership with Channel Tools. Channel Tools delivers sales and marketing services on or off-site to complement go-to-marketing teams. It hosts a vast European network of consultants, freelancers and agencies.  The business will now add mpro5 to its portfolio of solutions available through IT distribution platform TD Synnex. This will allow them to develop a sales channel for driving mpro5 solutions globally, offering mpro5’s technology to provide customers with a comprehensive suite of solutions. Fred Whipp, VP of business development at mpro5, said: “We’re excited to partner with Channel Tools to bring our technology to new markets and applications, providing an innovative and configurable platform that unifies cloud, mobile and smart technologies. “This partnership is a testament to our shared commitment to driving innovation and excellence in the industry. “Together, we’re setting a new standard for what businesses can achieve with the right technology solutions.” From real-time data capture and analytics to streamlined workflow management and compliance tracking, clients will be able to see …

Kent’s Discovery Park programme calls on femtech and women’s health startups

Kent’s Discovery Park programme calls on femtech and women’s health startups

Calling all start-ups in FemTech and women’s health – a special edition Discovery Spark programme is now open for applications. The scheme comes from Kent’s Discovery Park – the county’s life science business park – and was unveiled by Kent & Medway Women’s Health innovation summit, which brought together NHS leaders, clinicians, patients, academics and innovators. READ MORE: Discovery Park launches £100,000 business growth competition To enter, firms must be working in FemTech or addressing Women’s Health with a demonstrated proof of concept and have raised less than £1 million in investment. On offer is tailored mentoring and support for start-ups as well as the chace to win a support package worth over £50,000 including a year of lab or office space at Discovery Park, alongside invaluable support from healthcare partners, Barclays Eagle Labs and six specialist prize partners. The programme is open to both male and female founders and the deadline for applications is April 5, with the next cohort beginning on May 21. The programme is led by Dr Renos Savva, head of …

Thomas Kingston: Inquest to open into death of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent’s son-in-law | UK News

Thomas Kingston: Inquest to open into death of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent’s son-in-law | UK News

An inquest will open on Friday into the death of Thomas Kingston, the husband of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent’s daughter Lady Gabriella Kingston, it has been announced. A spokesman for Gloucestershire Coroner’s Court said senior coroner Katy Skerrett would conduct the hearing at 2pm. The 45-year-old financier died suddenly at an address in the Cotswolds on Sunday 25 February, Buckingham Palace announced earlier this week. Image: The couple on their wedding day. Pic: PA Gloucestershire Police previously said officers were called to the scene by an ambulance crew just before 6.30pm. “The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner,” a spokesperson for the force added. No funeral plans have been publicly released so far. Lady Gabriella and Mr Kingston’s family said in a joint statement that his death came as a “great shock” and described him as a “beloved husband, son and brother”. They added: “Tom was an exceptional man who lit up the lives of all who knew him.” The King and Queen …

Thomas Kingston: Husband of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent’s daughter has died | UK News

Thomas Kingston: Husband of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent’s daughter has died | UK News

Thomas Kingston, the husband of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent’s daughter Lady Gabriella Kingston, has died suddenly aged 45. Lady Gabriella paid tribute to her husband, saying in a joint statement with his family that he was an “exceptional man who lit up the lives of all who knew him”. They described his death as a “great shock to the whole family”. Mr Kingston, 45, married Lady Gabriella Windsor in 2019 at St George’s Chapel, in Windsor Castle, with Queen Elizabeth II and her husband the Duke of Edinburgh, among the guests. As part of her tribute, Lady Gabriella also released a photo she took of her husband, showing him smiling near a stretch of water in the sunshine. Image: Thomas Kingston. Pic: Lady Gabriella Kingston/Buckingham Palace A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said the King and the Queen had been informed and joined “Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and all those who knew him in grieving a much-loved member of the family”. “In particular, Their Majesties send their most heartfelt thoughts and prayers to …

Kent’s East Malling Trust acquires one of world’s largest fruit tree collections

Kent’s East Malling Trust acquires one of world’s largest fruit tree collections

East Malling Trust has purchased the National Fruit Collection at Brogdale Farm, Kent – one of the largest of its kind in the world. The collection is home to more than 4,000 different heritage fruit varieties, including apples, pears, cherries, plums and nuts. Curated by the University of Reading on behalf of DEFRA and managed by the Brogdale Collections charity, the 150-acre farm has become a hub for fruit enthusiasts, researchers and international visitors. It now belongs to the East Malling Trust, which maintains a close working relationship with local horticultural research centre NIAB East Malling. Hear the latest insights from property experts on The Business Magazine’s new podcast Dr Oliver Doubleday, chairman of the board at East Malling Trust, said: “We’re delighted to announce the acquisition of Brogdale Farm and we look forward to playing our part in maintaining the home of this nationally important collection, which fits perfectly with our charitable objectives. “The move is consistent with our mission to advance scientific knowledge and innovation in horticulture, fits with our property portfolio, and …

Frank Jr. the industrial robot joins the ranks at Kent’s Shepherd Neame

Frank Jr. the industrial robot joins the ranks at Kent’s Shepherd Neame

Shepherd Neame has moved to improve its packaging capabilities by investing in a new industrial robot. The Faversham-based brewery has used a robot on its keg-filling line for the past twenty years, removing empty kegs from pallets and placing them on a conveyor for cleaning. They’re then refilled and palletised again ready for loading and delivery. Chief engineer Mark Bowes said: “When we installed the robot, we named it ‘Frank’ after former longstanding team member Frank Rush, who used to move and stack the cask and kegs back in the day.” Visit Hampshire Biz News for bright, upbeat and positive business news from the county But after more than two decades of service, Frank’s operating system had become outdated, and it was time for the company to invest in an upgrade. Enter his successor, Frank Jr. – the first phase of a £400,000 programme of investment planned for Shepherd Neame’s keg plant over the coming year. Provided by German firm KUKA and starting full operation this week, the new robot consumes less energy and is easier to …