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Office space for new start-ups

A NEW enterprise hub to help start-up businesses is to be opened in Maidstone Gateway. Work is underway after Maid-

stone Council agreed to rent the first floor terrace of the building, in King Street, from landlord Capital & Regional. The facility, which will help busi-

nesses of up to nine employees, will be open from 7am to 7pm onweek- days aswell as Saturday mornings. It will include:

 eight offices available for start- up businesses on flexible terms;  breakout seats for networking;  up to 20 hot desks;  20-seat seminar space and a small meeting room. The facility, which will open in

July or August, follows a failed at- tempt to convert the former post of- fice in King Street into a hub after KCC withdrew its funding. Research showed a 30% rise in people from Maidstone borough working from home in the past 10 years.

Maidstone has one of the highest concentrations of home-based busi-

nesses in the country – 9,000 ac- cording to the 2011 census – and na- tional surveys suggest these businesses often work in isolation and lack access to equipment, facil- ities and networking. Maidstone Council’s cabinet member for economic develop- ment, Cllr Malcolm Greer, said: “New businesses have told us that well-equipped spaces to work, with flexible and affordable terms, are key to getting a business off the ground.” The facility could benefit up to

1,000 entrepreneurs a year through workspaces, events, seminars, men- toring and networking opportuni- ties.

Clients will have a variety of membership options: booking a desk for a single day; coming in 30- 100 hours a month; taking an office on easy-in, easy-out terms. Mem- berships will include a minimum 100MB broadband and free wifi. To sub-let office space, email council officer Karen Franek at or call 01622 602392.

MAIDSTONEStreetPastors have a new chairman. Rev Canon Arthur Houston (below), priest at Christ Church Park Wwood and associate vicar of St Luke’s, Maid- stone, has been on the manage- ment team for some time. He takes on the role

of chair from Dave Creasey, who

POLICE have appealed for wit- nesses to a crash on the M20 near West Malling in which a father-of - two lost his life. James Gosnell (32)was in a black

Jaguar X-type on the coastbound M20 when it left the carriageway shortly before the Leybourne slip road at junction 4. Officers said no one else was in- jured and they had found no evi- New chairman for street pastors

becomes vice-chairman. Arthur, from Northern Ireland,

has worked as an interim minister on the Isle of Sheppey, at St Paul’s Church in Maidstone andwas vicar of Holy Trinity Church, Margate. He trained at an agricultural col-

lege and has been an agricultural missionary with Tearfund. He said: “Street pastors have an incredible dedication to their voca- tion and are hugely respected by all the secular authorities; may that work of practical love flourish.”

Call for witnesses to fatal crash

dence of other vehicles being in- volved in the accident at about 11.30am on March 31. Mr Gosnell married his wife, He-

lena, in September 2013 and the family lived in Plumstead, south- east London. Anyone with information is

asked to call the serious collision in- vestigation unit appeal line on 01622 798538.

Magna Carta to go on display

ANhistoric copy of the rarely displayedMagnaCarta will go on display in Maidstone this summer. Magna Carta Rediscovered, a free exhibi- tionmarking the document’s 800th birthday, will be at the Kent History and Library Centre in Maidstone from July 25 to September 6.




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