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Norfolk Business Awards 2018

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An engineering firm has recruited the 500th apprentice into its programme.

Regional facilities management group Norse has revealed ambitious growth plans to reach half a billion pounds in turnover.

A new website has been launched by Norfolk County Council, geared towards making apprenticeships more accessible in the county.

A construction company is increasing investment in its future workforce with plans to take on 18 trainees in 2018.

Its products are already improving lives around the world – but further international expansion is on the cards for a Norfolk medical devices manufacturer.

A campaign to halve unemployment in young people across Breckland and West Norfolk has been launched.

Skills leaders in Norfolk say there is no better time to be entering the county’s job market – but that businesses and public bodies must do more to show young people the opportunities on their doorstep.

The Norfolk economy is treading water with manufacturing sales and recruitment remaining static in the first quarter of the year, according to research by a business body.

The introduction of a levy on apprenticeships has reduced their quality, with some businesses simply relabelling existing training courses, according to a think tank.

Here is a round-up of some of the moves and promotions in East Anglian business.

Simon Medler has climbed from beginnings as a carpentry apprentice to the managing director of Lovell Partnerships’ East Anglian operations. BETHANY WHYMARK went to find out more about the housebuilder and developer, winner of the Investing in Future Growth award at the EDP Business Awards 2017.

North Norfolk’s largest social landlord has created a new team to help its residents find employment and ensure they have the skills to hold down a job.

A Great Yarmouth businesswoman is celebrating 50 years of trading in the town.

Hundreds of jobs are to be axed at Prezzo after the restaurant chain agreed a restructuring plan that will see nearly 100 sites close.

At a glance Houston, Texas, may not have a lot in common with Norwich but both cities are home to companies which have played their part in the space race.

A “Tigger-like” Philip Hammond sounded an upbeat note as he claimed Britain was bouncing back and that improving public finances could open the door to public spending increases.

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Insight

Pubs are struggling and a different major retailer seems to be announcing store closures each week. A supermarket boss has pointed the finger at business rates – but have changes made last year really had a destructive impact? Doug Faulkner reports.

James Allen, senior partner at Roche Chartered Surveyors, considers the effects of reduced supply of commercial property in Norwich.

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