Budgeting to rent commercial property

Your available funds will have been a factor in choosing whether to rent or buy your commercial property. But let’s now assume you are planning to rent. What costs do you need to budget for? There are a number of costs that a tenant is expected to cover, not just...


Tips for Viewing Commercial Property

Now you know what you are looking for it’s time to get searching. You can call up or drop in on some commercial agents, engage a surveyor, search on the internet, contact the council, ask around other businesses, or you can simply drive round the area you have selected to...


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Your ideal commercial property

Before you get out there and start looking for your new home for your business, we suggest you spend a few minutes with a paper and pen to jot down what you are actually looking for.



Right first time, on time

It’s two years ago that we featured Skelton Plant Hire, based on our CT3 Business Park, in our news. We revisited this month to ask how they’d fared in those two years and what the next two may bring. Jullian Ring, the Operations Manager, and Tim Skelton, the MD, had...


Transport with care for NHS patients

A new service devoted to providing door-to-door care for NHS hospital patients is determined to overcome initial logistical issues and reach the high standards it has set itself.



Not just a home for your business

Stour Valley Estates are well known for renting commercial properties in East Kent, but today we’d like to introduce you to a little known part of our group of family-run businesses: residential property.


The dream starts with Caffé 22

A boyhood dream of running a business together has finally come true for friends Patrick Clarke and Reiss Salustro-Pilson. The former schoolmates have joined forces to open a caffé in Canterbury, with their sights set on the ambitious target of becoming big-time entrepreneurs.


Gleaming & ready to roll

Against the economic odds, Motorvation in Chilham has enjoyed a fantastic year. And the Olympics played a vital part in its success.