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Bank of England governor Mervyn King has visited Kent as a guest of Kent Business, the monthly business newspaper published by the Kent Messenger Group.
He spoke to an audience of more than 300 leading business figures from the region and gave his views on what low interest rates could mean for the British economy.

Gloucester Citizen features editor Victoria Temple has been sharing her experience of new motherhood with the readers – with her baby boy capping an eventful 12 months.
She was in Sri Lanka at the time of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, gave a reading in memory of disaster victims in Gloucester Cathedral and then in June won Print Journalist of the Year (Daily) at the EDF Energy South West Media Awards, taking a break in December to begin her maternity leave.

Magazine journalist Phil Turner is celebrating his first editor’s post just two-and-a-half years after graduating from the University of Lincoln.
He is now editor of Motorcycle Sport and Leisure, the long-running motorcycle publication from Mortons Media Group.

The Derbyshire Times has stepped forward with cash backing for a local emergency medic operation, Neighbourhood First Responders.
The £625 grant from parent company Johnston Press will be shared among the four branches of the organisation within the paper’s circulation area. Editor Mike Wilson said: “Responder groups provide a vital back-up in local emergencies.”

The Evening Gazette is joining forces with the police on Teesside to promote tamper-proof tax discs to thwart thieves.
Latest figures show 160 tax discs each month are being stolen and the newspaper is offering tax-disc holders that tear the disc when removed for £1.

Evening Telegraph reporter David Old and photographer Andy Laithwaite were the subject of an exclusive story… in the school newspaper for Braybrook Primary in Peterborough.
The publication comes out each Friday and is helping pupils with their communication skills.