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Kentish Express Ashford & District - - RECRUITMENT & BUSINESS FOR THE VERY LATEST JOBS AN -

Af­ter a long ca­reer with well-known Ash­ford re­tailer Geer­ings, Philip Carter and his wife Pauline in­vested their life sav­ings and re­mort­gaged their home to buy Clouds in Ash­ford High Street and de­velop it into the Hall­mark Clouds card and gift shop. They then ex­panded by open­ing the China Place gift out­let at the McArthurGlen de­signer out­let store and have since dou­bled the size of the store while re­main­ing the only fam­ily firm on the site. Mean­while, the cou­ple and son Daryl have also set up a pro­mo­tional goods com­pany – Pro­mo­tional ID. With Daryl and Pauline now tak­ing on the day-to-day re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of run­ning the ex­ist­ing busi­nesses, Mr Carter is look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge of help­ing other peo­ple solve some of the prob­lems he has faced over the past years. “My ex­pe­ri­ence will clearly help, but Icon also has a num­ber of unique busi­ness tools that can be used to tackle is­sues that face so many small busi­nesses th­ese days. “At the end of the day Icon is about help­ing busi­ness own­ers work on their busi­ness rather than in it, and about help­ing them to get what they want out of it, whether that is more money, more time to them­selves or some other goal.” He is run­ning his first sem­i­nar, in con­junc­tion with The Kent In­victa Cham­ber of Com­merce, on Tues­day, June 5 at East­well Manor, Ash­ford, from 7.30am to 10am.

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