Friends’ stock rises with £50k Dragons Den investment

TWO childhood friends from Tunbridge Wells, Charlie Gilpin and Sam Moss, appeared on the latest series of BBC One’s Dragons’ Den on February 8 in a bid to gain a £50,000 investment for their frozen food innovation business, STOCKED. The business, based in East London and run by the two entrepreneurs produces a range of […]

Local restaurateurs open second venue on The Pantiles

A LOCAL hospitality partnership has expanded into the south of town, bringing The Pantiles Bar & Café under the same roof as TN1 Bar and Kitchen. Lukas Barauskas became Head Chef and business partner of the Pantiles-based venue four years ago, but is now to join forces with his fellow directors of the Monson Road-based […]

Walk-in blood test clinic opens

A NEW walk-in clinic in Tunbridge Wells now offers an extensive range of blood tests to patients without the need for a doctor’s referral. The One Day clinic in Lonsdale Gardens provides quick access to blood-testing services without the need for a GP referral. Patients can book a same-day appointment and receive their results later […]

Womenswear shop up for prestigious industry award

FASHION boutique Kitch on Tunbridge Wells’ High Street has been shortlisted in Drapers Independent Awards 2023. Kitch has been nominated for Best Customer Experience, Best Use of Social Media and is also hoping to scoop the coveted Womenswear Independent of the Year 2023. Last year’s winner of the Womenswear Independent Award, bod & ted, is […]

New spring water business is source of pride for town

WATER WORKS: Simon Squibb (left) and Samuel Danby

ROYAL Tunbridge Wells Water is on a mission to put the sparkle into the summer as the tourist hordes pour on to The Pantiles. Entrepreneur and angel investor, Simon Squibb joined Royal Tunbridge Wells Water a year ago, bringing his investment background to the project founded by Samuel Danby. The company filters, dilutes and bottles […]

Hospitality hub brings its community spirit to awards

HOSPITALITY is not just a transactional business serving up food and drink, it can provide a focus for a busy and changing part of town, according to one Southborough trader who has entered the Best In Food and Drink category to prove the point. As the location for weekly gatherings of ‘Chatty Cafés’ as well […]

Radio personality will celebrate businesses surviving and thriving

MEDIA celebrity Nick Ferrari plans to offer a boost to companies and individuals who have survived the ‘challenges’ of the past few years when he hosts the Times Business Awards at the end of March. “I’m really looking forward to hosting the Times of Tunbridge Wells Business Awards,” he said. “The past few years have […]

County Hall to make swingeing cuts to fill £70million black hole

THERE will not be ‘a single department within Kent County Council’ (KCC) that will be immune to cuts, county councillors have been told. In June, the authority had projected a budgetary black hole of £50million for the current financial year, but the overspend is likely to reach £70million, Leader Cllr Roger Gough (Conservative) told members […]

Local business leaders react to Chancellor’s mini-budget

CHANCELLOR Kwasi Kwarteng billed last Friday’s (September 23) ‘mini-budget’ as the ‘Growth Plan 2022’ but it has received a mixed reaction in and around Tunbridge Wells. The Chancellor has introduced the biggest programme of tax cuts for 50 years using more than £70 billion of increased borrowing. While the measures saw the pound plunge to […]

Cala Homes announces a new 125-home development for Haysden in Tonbridge

A NEW development consisting of 125 new homes in Lower Haysden Lane in Tonbridge has just been announced.   Cala Homes (South Home Counties) has acquired the land and has full planning consent for the delivery of 125 new homes, 40 percent of which will be affordable.   Set alongside attractive open space and new […]


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