Local Business

Phone Call Scam Alert

A local business has received a phone call from a man saying his name was George Porter and he was calling from the Police to thank them for their donation towards crime prevention.
When interrupted and asked a question, the man put the phone down and ended the call.

He was probably either phoning to ask about security measures with a view to breaking in and theft or to ask for bank details to confirm the donation or for taking further ‘donations’.

Yalding Vehicle Restriction Scheme Addition

Kent County Council have released details of the additions to the Yalding Vehicle Restriction Scheme, please see the attached documents for details of the additions which have now been passed by the council:
Yalding Vehicle Restriction Scheme Addition – Documents on Deposit
Yalding Vehicle Restriction Scheme Addition – North Map
Yalding Vehicle Restriction Scheme Addition – South Map

Road Surface Treatment: Boughton Monchelsea

KCC have issued the following notification for upcoming surface treatment works in Boughton Monchelsea on 20 May:

Boughton Monchelsea Road Works – 20 May 2014

Kent County Council will be treating the surface of Heath Road, Boughton Monchelsea between its junctions with A229 Linton Hill and Brishing Lane.

The Surface Treatment work will be on 20 May 2014, between 09:30 and 15:30. This type of work can be affected by bad weather, so if it is not possible for KCC to carry it out at this time, they will arrange a new date and release further details. They will also put up signs along the road before hand showing the date they plan to complete the work.

Yalding Vechicle Restriction Scheme

Following the consultation on the Yalding vehicle restriction, the scheme was approved on 22nd January 2014 at a meeting of the Local Maidstone Joint Transportation Board.

As well as approving the scheme in it’s current state, they also approved two further traffic regulation orders to include additional roads in the scheme.  Details of the additions will be published in the next few weeks.

NOTE: The additional restriction details have now been published: Yalding Vehicle Restriction Scheme Addition

If you have been adversely affected by the scheme, there are exemption permits available providing certain criteria are met.

See the attached document from Kent County Council regarding the announcement for full details:

Yalding Traffic Scheme Letter from Andy Corcoran of KCC

New state of the art laser cutting centre opened in Marden.

The Minister for Sport, the Right Honourable Helen Grant MP officially commissioned the new Amada Laser cutting machine at Burtons on Friday 2nd May 2014. Helen was invited to start the machine to engrave a stainless steel plaque to commemorate the occasion. The assembled guests counted down as Helen launched the machine into life.

The Amada laser centre with auto change tables and 4000 watts of cutting power is capable of effortlessly slicing steel up to one inch thick (25mm) as well as the intricate profiling and engraving of very thin materials. It represents a significant part of a million pound investment programme by the Burtons Group of Companies. The laser has also been equipped with the latest tube cutting capabilities and this significantly expands the range of parts that can be produced.

David Burton spoke of the company’s passion for manufacturing in the UK and commented that it was possible to be competitive on the world stage with the right technology and investment in cutting edge production equipment. He went on to say that the other ingredient for success was British innovation. “Innovation means people and I am very proud of the team we have here. They encompass a huge range of skills”

“The new facility will increase our competitiveness and enable new products to be developed. We are also offering a sub-contract laser cutting service to other engineering companies.”

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Wellbeing People win Active Maidstone Award

At the Active Maidstone Awards held at Maidstone Leisure Centre on Friday 24th January, Wellbeing People won the Creating Healthier Communities award.

The award recognises their engagement work within Maidstone Borough Council to improve the health and wellbeing of people within businesses, communities and schools.

Active Maidstone Awards

Wellbeing People win the Active Maidstone Award for Creating Healthier Communities

Protect Your Belongings

Kent Police have launched two public service posters, with information on how to protect your bag and how to protect your mobile phone.  If you would like to put the posters on your office noticeboard, please click the links below:

Protect Your Mobile

Watch Your Bag

Flooding Support

Kent County Council have supplied the below details for places business owners can get support following the recent floods:

Maidstone Borough Council – Paying Business Rates if affected by flooding

Kent County Council – scroll down to the section “If you have been affected by flooding”

National Flood Forum – Ready for Flooding

Small Business Storm Relief Fund

UK Storm Business Fund- RBS / NatWest

Barclays – Emergency support for customers affected by severe flooding

HSBC – Support for business customers affected by floods

Lloyds – Support for flood victims (businesses and farmers)

RBS – Support for families and business affected by storms and floods

Santander – Helping Families And Businesses Hit By Floods

Please note, the MBF is not responsible for the content of external websites.

Pensions Auto-enrolment

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Auto-enrolment – Two Options – Prepare or Pay the Fine

Unlike many previous Government legislative changes the new rules apply to all UK employers regardless of their size, and all businesses will therefore be affected at some point leading up to April 2017.

All employers have been given a staging date – this is the date by which they are required to auto-enrol eligible jobholders into a qualifying workplace pension scheme. The recommended lead in time to get pension in place is 6 months.

You can find you’re staging date at www.thepensionsregulator.gov.uk – just enter your PAYE reference number (this can be found on your P35).

There is misconception that Auto-enrolment is just about setting up a pension scheme, but that is only a very small part of it. The biggest challenge for employers will be the ongoing monitoring, reporting, record keeping and compliance associated with auto-enrolment whilst also ensuring that all employees are being treated correctly and are communicated with appropriately every time they run their payroll.

For you as the employer, there are 33 new duties and responsibilities you must fulfil and the Pension Regulator has issued more than 250 pages of guidance notes to help you!  Ignoring this legislation could result in fines of up to £5,000 a day being levied.

You need to act now if you have 50 or more employees and have not started your preparation.

If you would like more advice please contact Ann Charge at Orchard Financial Management

House Needed for Flooded Out Family

A 3-4 bed house is needed urgently for a Marden family that have been flooded out.

A minimum of 2 reception rooms (3 preferable) as the husband works from home.

If you have anything at all of this size empty or becoming empty soon, please call 01622 832679

Kind Regards,
Steve Ford
Secretary – Marden Business Forum