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We are looking for a Markets and Street Activities Assistant to help deliver on our Markets & Street Events Programme that will bring more visitors to our town and for a Town Centre Ranger to help provide hands on support to facilitate and manage a safer, cleaner and well managed streets programme.

Kingston welcomed Amy Lamé, London’s first Night Czar, on Friday 3rd February to sample the town's diverse night time offer.

The eagerly-awaited DoubleTree by Hilton on Skerne Road opened its doors just before Christmas along with its exciting cocktail bar and brasserie, Hawkers.

This week, we're delighted to announce the arrival of our new Chief Executive, Kirsten Henly.

November saw the return of the Kingston Best Bar None Awards, which celebrate the successes of the borough’s licensed trade.

The 'overall winner' on the night was town centre favourite, The Kings Tun, while the Kingston Street Pastors picked up the award for ‘outstanding contribution to the night time economy.’

Christmas in Kingston

09 November 2016

Christmas in Kingston this year will be an even larger spectacle than seen in recent years with the expansion of the traditional Christmas market spreading throughout the town, increased decorations and two outdoor German-style bars; creating the feeling of a European Christmas market in our very own historical market town.

Seasonal Vacancies at M&S

27 October 2016

With Christmas just around the corner, Marks & Spencer Kingston are on the look out for temporary staff over the holiday season.

Kingston town centre has retained its Purple Flag for another year - the highest standard of accreditation for towns offering an entertaining, diverse, safe and enjoyable evening out.

Go have your say: Go Cycle public consultation to help change the way you travel

Kingston Council has launched three new public consultations for the next routes linked to the Go Cycle programme to improve cycling facilities, road safety and public spaces across the borough.

Telemarketing company MeetingPoint has triumphed at the 2016 Kingston Business Excellence Awards, in association with NatWest, scooping three awards including the title of business of the year.

Thumbs Up It's Thursday

07 October 2016

Schools out for October half term and Kingstonfirst is once again hosting this fun event on Thursday 27 October.

On the 18 October 2016, the Royal Borough of Kingston will celebrate a historic event - a signing ceremony to twin Kingston with Jaffna, a district in the northern province of Sri Lanka.

 

For the 26th year, Kingstons Run Challenge (also known as the Human Race) takes place Sunday 9 October

Kingston's town centre celebrates Silver recognition at the 2016 London in Bloom annual summer flower awards.

Kingston Council has approved the development of four more Go Cycle projects to improve walking and cycling facilities, road safety and public spaces across the borough.

ABELLIO SURREY SERVICE CHANGE

19 September 2016

Abellio Surrey has announced planned changes to bus services in the county from 31 December 2016, for commercial/operational reasons. These changes will affect 9 bus services including 514, 515 and 458 which run through Kingston.

Kingston's half marathon takes place Sunday 25th September from 8.30 and covers a distance of 13.1 miles

Freshers’ Week is an introductory week for new students organised by Kingston University Student Union and runs from Friday16th September to Saturday 24th September. 

Organise a face-to-face Dementia Friends Information Session for employees and become Dementia Aware.

Kingston University works within the business community to promote opportunities for its students and graduates and is one of the top 5 universities for nurturing entrepreneurship. Two initiatives include the Beyond Barriers Student Mentoring scheme and Kingston Business School Start-up programme. 

A new and easy to remember three digit national number has been launched for consumers and business in the event of a power cut.

The Royal Borough of Kingston is currently looking at various opportunities to improve cycle parking in Kingston town centre with a creation of a secure cycle hub for commuters to the town.

Kingston Carnival 2016

02 September 2016

The sounds and colours from across the world will fill the streets Ancient Market Place as Kingston welcomes CARNIVAL on Sunday 4 September. Whilst it's business as usual, some road closures will be in place.

The National Award Scheme aimed at promoting responsible management of licensed premises is back for 2016.

Marks and Spencer is looking for exceptional individuals to join its store in Kingston upon Thames. 

National Grid will be replacing gas pipes on the Petersham Road on the road between Kingston and Richmond during August.

Heroic pair commandeer dinghy to rescue woman drowning in Thames

The Shortlist for the Independent Retailer of the Year Award has been announced.

Pokémon Go Briefing

26 July 2016

The Metropolitan Police has released a statement on how to deal with players of Pokémon Go within the Town.  

The John Lewis Business team is here to help with all your office and business needs

The Council has produced a Draft North Kingston Development Brief to provide landowners, developers and the wider community, with clear guidance for all new developments in the North Kingston area. 

Our Kingstonfirst Showcase event took place on Thursday 14 July in the handsome setting of All Saints Church.

Best Bar None Awards

07 July 2016

Kingstonfirst is pleased to announce the launch of its annual Best Bar None Awards for Kingston. 

A vital piece of life-saving equipment has been added to Kingston’s riverside, thanks to a successful funding application by Kingstonfirst to Water Community Investment programme

Help Shape the Kingston Council's community involvement framework for planning and let the Council know what you think

Prudential RideLondon

01 July 2016

Prudential RideLondon, the world’s greatest festival of cycling, returns to Kingston on Sunday 31 July.

Kingstonfirst's next Free River Training Session takes place Tuesday 26th July at the Viper Rooms in Riverside Walk at 6:30pm

Kingston’s award-winning floral displays will be coming into bloom once again this summer, with this year's programme paying special tribute to the Queen. 

A dance interpretation recounting the life of world-famous photography pioneer Eadweard Muybridge will have its debut screening in Kingston, as the town holds the UK’s biggest ever dance film festival.

One of Kingston’s busiest retail areas will undergo a major multi-million pound regeneration now that plans to transform Eden Walk Shopping Centre have been approved.

The Royal Borough of Kingston will be throwing a quintessentially British party in honour of the Queen’s 90th birthday next month - and everybody is invited.

While Sadiq Khan made headlines by winning the race to become the new Mayor of London, the ceremonial chains were also being handed over in Kingston.

Kingston Council will welcome a new Chief Executive this summer.

A detailed survey has confirmed what many in Kingston already know – the town is among the most attractive high-street investment markets in the country.

Kingston held its own version of the Antiques Roadshow when the town hosted its first ever Antiques Market. 

Riverside businesses in Kingston were shown the ropes during the latest water safety training programme organised by Kingstonfirst. 

The Kingston Business Excellence Awards 2016 in association with NatWest is now open to entries.

A Spitalfields-inspired makeover for one of Kingston's most iconic streets has won an annual design competition to reimagine a key area of the town centre. 

The NatWest-sponsored Kingston Business Excellence Awards are back! The campaign to champion the best of the borough’s businesses will launch on April 13 at Glenmore House with a sparkling showcase.

Canapes, drinks and inspirational speeches on how the awards celebrate those companies that bring prosperity to the Royal Borough, will feature in the event which runs from 6 to 8 pm.