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News 2014

Over the many years we have been in business we have amassed a wealth of experience in commercial property and rental matters.

Our property managers are used to dealing with all manner of issues, whether they be from start-ups, fast-growing SMEs, or national market leaders.

We've decided to pool this learning and share it with you over the coming weeks in a series of news and information articles. You can also find useful guidance in our downloadable document: Our Guide to Stress-free Renting of Commercial Property.

This month step two - setting a budget to cover renting your commercial property.


Budgeting to rent commercial property

2. Budgeting to rent commercial property
March 2014

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 the rent! Some may be one-offs – related to your initial occupation – and others regular, ongoing charges.


Rent or buy commercial property?

1. Rent or buy business premises – which is best for you?
February 2014

Most businesses starting out will choose to rent business premises as it gives greater flexibility and avoids tying you down at a time when many things are uncertain and unpredictable.

Renting commercial property has a number of advantages to offer – mostly around greater flexibility and lower responsibility:


News 2012-2013

Earlier news items: 2009-2011

Skelton Plant Hire, Kent

Right first time, on time
November 2013

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 a wry smile on their faces when the question was broached.


NSL Care Services, Canterbury, Kent

Transport with care for NHS patients
October 2013

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.

NSL, which operates out of Dartford, Tonbridge, Ashford, Margate, Canterbury, with a headquarters in Maidstone, transports certain categories of non-emergency patients to hospital in Kent and Medway


Salt Restaurant, Canterbury, Kent

The secret of Salt
August 2013

A shared passion in quality ingredients has helped Lee Jones and Emma Dowling to create Salt, the new restaurant in Palace Street, Canterbury. Chef Emma, 26, who has worked in a number of kitchens, including those with Michelin stars, has been with Lee for seven years and as their relationship developed, so did their shared love of good food.


Residential Lettings, Canterbury, Kent

Residential Lettings
June 2013

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. We have been (quietly) running a successful residential letting department for the last thirty years. We pride ourselves on our personal and professional approach to dealing with our clients and truly believe in offering a high quality of service


Caffe 22, Canterbury, Kent

The dream starts with Caffé 22
May 2013

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. Reiss, 26, explained: “When we were kids, we often spoke of


Motorvation, Canterbury, Kent

Gleaming & ready to roll
Apr 2013

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

Managing director Steve Marshall looks back on 2012 with a happy smile - "one of the busiest years in our history", he says. "We were fortunate to be given the contract to provide back-up services for the Olympic torch tour. What a


Relocate your business

Moving into Spring
Mar 2013

In spring our thoughts traditionally turn to … moving house. Or so the estate agents would have us believe! Everywhere you turn right now there are entreaties to downsize, upsize, rightsize. And, it’s true, there is traditionally a rise in the housing market that kicks off around Easter.

But why should this be limited to the residential market? Businesses too


AJ Mobility Canterbury

'Perfect Site' boosts healthcare business
Feb 2013

Making life a little easier for disabled people brings a smile to Mark Perress. He's been in the business of helping them stay mobile for more than a quarter of a century and it’s clear he loves the job. As managing director of AJM Healthcare, Mark is proud of the tradition of providing mobility services to the NHS


Community Spirited Service

Karen's Cafe Culture Venture
Jan 2013

A love of cooking has led Karen Franczak to a new career – running a cafe with an international flavour in Canterbury.

Karen, 51, used to teach cooking to lads at Simon Langton Boys’ School and ran a cafe for the 6th form. But financial cut-backs led to the role being scrapped and she was forced to re-think her life.


Community Spirited Service

Community Spirited Service
Nov 2012

“We offer a friendly, happy service – that’s why we think people like to come back to buy from us.” So says Tess Cock of The Strand Wine Company, New Street in Sandwich. They opened their doors 2 ½ years ago, in tough times, but the business is now firmly established and well supported by the local community.


Channel Commercials, Canterbury, Kent

Trading Innovations
Oct 2012

The building trade has had a tough time lately, but Channel Commercials is one company that are not prepared to rest on their laurels! They've pulled together over 30 businesses to create an Innovations Day this Thursday 18th October at their premises in Ashford. "We saw a similar event elsewhere in the country and decided to see if we could make it work here in Kent,"


Cucina Caraccio

Locals love the Cucina Caraccio
Sept 2012

When Richard and Elaine Caraccio decided to open a restaurant they were following in a long family tradition. Richard's grandfather had come over from Italy in the late 1800's and set up business in London, and his father ran a sea front cafe on the Marine Terrace at Margate for many years from the 1930's, with their own ice-cream a speciality.


Pilgrims Hospices Warehouse and Outlet

30th shop for the 30th year
June 2012

It looks to be another tough year on the high street – but not for the retail outlets of Pilgrims Hospices. This year, the charity’s 30th anniversary, will see them break through the 30 shop mark in East Kent. Pilgrims Hospices is a registered UK charity providing specialist palliative care for the people of East Kent at three sites in Canterbury, Ashford and Thanet.


Expansion East Kent

£35m on offer from Expansion East Kent
May 2012

Kent County Council is looking for businesses in East Kent who need capital in order to set up or to expand their operations and grow faster.. Expansion East Kent is a £35 million programme of financial support to businesses seeking to invest in East Kent to create jobs. By offering interest-free loans the programme aims to unlock private sector finance, stimulating over £300 million in associated investment


Nick Leonard of St Peter's Restaurant, Sandwich, tenants of Stour Valley Estates

A seasonal, regional, plateful
April 2012

A two-course lunch of freshly-cooked, local produce for just £13.50, including a glass of wine, and served in a welcoming environment is exceptional value. St. Peter’s Restaurant in Sandwich opened at the beginning of the year promising to provide the best in seasonal, regional cooking. Reaction from customers so far suggests they are keeping that promise!

"Received wisdom says that January is not the ideal time to start a new


GreenThumb Canterbury, tenants of Stour Valley Estates

Is the grass greener on the other side?
March 2012

If your grass could be greener, you need the help of Paul Weight of GreenThumb lawn treatments.Paul took over the GreenThumb branch in Canterbury in June 2010, taking on responsibility for more than 1,500 customers in an area that covers Canterbury, Yorkletts, Faversham, Seasalter, Whitstable, Tankerton, Blean, Herne Bay, Margate, Elham, Chilham, Sturry and Littlebourne


Karl Terry, Kent Pegs Roofing

An artist’s eye view from the rooftop
February 2012

Karl Terry is never happier than when he is outdoors – whether that is refurbishing the roofs of ancient buildings or putting the finishing touches to his landscape paintings. Wind, rain or snow cannot daunt him – he is a true artist and artisan.

Karl followed in his father’s footsteps when he went into roofing straight from school, and has been running his own business


Lilford Gallery, Canterbury

Lilford Gallery in the ‘art of the City
January 2012

David Lilford and his wife Dawn have been running a successful art gallery in Castle Street, Canterbury for the past 12 years. Recently they had been searching for a new home in Canterbury for their Herne Bay-based framing business, Lilford Framing, but when they viewed number 3 Palace Street their plans underwent a rapid turnaround. "The building is one of the coolest in the city," said David