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Shopping sprees and catchy hits

by Tuned In, with kmfm DJ Andy Walker Monday, May 7 2012

There is so much coming up across Kent with kmfm.

kmfm will be giving you the chance to taste the brand new Pinkberry yogurt which launches at Bluewater. You could also be winning a shopping spree.

That is a lot of winning, but there is more. kmfm wants to invite you to a party night we are having soon at the fantastic themed restaurant Smith and Western in Tunbridge Wells.

I hope you are enjoying the hits we are playing on kmfm. Now there is even more of them as we are playing you a new band called fun. They are from New York and have produced an extremely catchy tune called We Are Young. It has already gone to No1 in the States and is already top three here. It is very alternative and stands out immediately. Listen out for it.

Tulisa not only will be back as a judge on the next series of the X Factor but also she has finished her first solo single and it cries out “summertime”. Called Young it is a big Ibiza-sounding dance song which will have you reaching for the high volume. The first few times of hearing it you ask yourself who it is because we have not really heard Tulisa sing solo.

The catchy hits continue with a new offering from the Scissor Sisters. Only The Horses is the first single from their forthcoming album. Only The Horses is produced by Calvin Harris. He and Scissor Sisters’ front man Jake Shears worked on Kylie’s Aphrodite album and they have got together for this new single.

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The LEP hot potato

by The Business Blog, with Trevor Sturgess Tuesday, November 2 2010

I’m sure the mother of Geoff Miles, owner of Maidstone Studios and chairman of Kent Economic Board, is a lovely lady.

That her son would rather have a cup of tea with her than be part of a talking shop is either a tribute to her, or a stark warning to councillors. Probably the latter.

These Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) sound a bit dry but have turned into a hot potato. They are being given the power, if not the cash, to shape economic priorities across Kent, Essex and East Sussex. The Government sees them as a shrewd move, ridding the scene of New Labour’s regional development agencies, cutting costs, and devolving influence as part of the “big” society.

They are supposed to be business-led, but business will have to work hard to ensure they are. Councils are used to meetings and, despite spending cuts, usually have resources to set up new organisations. Businesses are run by busy people trying to survive recession.

But the early signs in Kent are hopeful. Business representative groups support the enlarged LEP, business people with strategic awareness are also on board. The challenge will be to get smaller and medium enterprises to engage.

That voice was missing in Committee Room 4A in the House of Commons yesterday. (1) The room was packed with council and business chiefs from across the three counties and resonated with warm words, especially from Greg Clark, Tunbridge Wells MP and minister for communities and local government.

Our LEP was “in the vanguard, set the bar, had the opportunity for real economic empowerment.” All good stuff. But the reality is it will have less money and has not yet worked out the rules by which it will play the game. Board members have to be appointed, support staff engaged and priorities determined.

There is plenty of boring but critical governance work to do before the real work can begin. And it is also important to keep Medway and 12 districts sweet. They did not really want a three-county LEP but must now live with it. They need to formally sign up to the new LEP.

After all, it’s the only game in town and there’s no point in whingeing that the Government has chosen the “wrong sort of LEP.” Run well, with imagination and creativity, it has huge potential. It needs to notch up early wins to confound sceptics and show it can deliver.

Business must engage. And if all goes as well as the optimistic scenario outlined in the Lords, businesses and residents could reap benefits in terms of more jobs and greater prosperity. Then they will be glad they took that LEP of faith.

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Categories: Business

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