St John’s Fish Bar shares the secrets of its takeaway success

With half of the UK’s fish and chip shops predicted to close within the next three years, the Times spoke to St John’s Fish Bar friers Jamie Collins and Sam Barton about what makes the takeaway a continuing success. The shop, which has been open for 30 years, prides itself on using fresh ingredients and […]

MTW Trust introduces new app to ease staffing pressure

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust (MTW) is embracing a new doctor-built platform to help ease staffing pressures and transform the way doctors’ timetables are organised. The e-rostering system was designed by NHS doctors Anas Nader and Jing Ouyang, and allows medics to view their shifts in advance and book annual leave more easily. MTW […]

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 […]

Ely Court finally gets back to business

TWO new businesses, Spicy ‘N’ Nice and Montagus, opened up in Ely Court, the arcade linking Royal Victoria Place (RVP) shopping centre with Camden Road, on Saturday January 6. There will also be a new bar opening at Ely Court in the coming weeks called Kirthon Bar, launched by the owner of the Indian restaurant, […]

Trial of Tunbridge Wells mini-bond firm to begin this month

Men at centre of minibond firm collapse are sued for £32million

A DATE for the court case over the London Finance and Capital (LCF) mini-bond scandal has been scheduled for this month, five years after the company collapsed. The civil case has 10 defendants including Tunbridge Wells businessman and former local Conservative Association chairman, Simon Hume-Kendall, Mr Hume-Kendall’s wife Helen Hume-Kendall and LCF Chief Executive Michael […]

It’s a Christmas window wonderland

The winner of this year’s Big Reveal Window Display competition has been announced. Over 2,100 voters chose their favourite retail and hospitality festive window displays across the three areas of The Big Reveal. Many of the local traders flexed their creative muscles and created fantastic festive displays, but there could only be one overall winner. […]

GingerMay receives B Corp certification

GingerMay, a multi-award-winning agency for integrated B2B tech communications, has announced its B Corp Certification – an achievement that verifies its sustainable values. It joins a global community of businesses that prioritise social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. GingerMay has made a legal commitment to uphold B Corp values, the highest standard a socially […]

Government recognition for local charity

A care co-ordinator for local disability charity Aspens was chosen to mingle with other charity professionals and a Government minister at 10 Downing Street earlier this month, in one of a number of recent events recognising the Pembury-based organisation. Megan Bruce, the Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) Transition Coordinator, took up an invitation issued to Aspens […]

Loyalty scheme reaches fundraising milestone early

TN CARD members enjoying themselves at the loyalty scheme’s summer party reached a major fundraising milestone unexpectedly early, thanks to persistent and sustainable fundraising. Since launching three years ago, the shopping and services scheme, which covers Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge and Sevenoaks, has donated £20,000 to its charity partner, West Kent Mind. TN card founder Jess […]

CooperBurnett’s ‘magnificent seven’ battle the heat to raise over £11,000 for Demelza

By Grace Corcoran A TEAM from Tunbridge Wells-based law firm CooperBurnett LLP battled last weekend’s humid conditions in a challenging ultra-marathon, raising money for local children’s hospice charity Demelza. The ‘magnificent seven’ conquered the ultra-marathon challenge ‘Race To The King’ last weekend (June 17-18), covering 500km between them while tackling heat, humidity and injuries. The […]


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