JD Wetherspoon. Picture: Nick Butcher

JD Wetherspoon has warned that it will be stung by significantly higher costs in the second half of the year, adding that it expects sales to slow.

Excuses for not paying the minimum wage have been revealed as part of a new government campaign making sure workers know how much they are entitled to receive. Photo credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire.

From “she only makes the tea” to “my accountant speaks a different language” – these are some of most bizarre excuses unscrupulous bosses have used to avoid paying their workers the National Minimum Wage.

HG Blake has been awarded a �37,000 grant by the Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Initiative. Pictured is Jane Blake, chairman of the family-owned company. Picture: HG Blake/Jarowan Power.

The growth plans of a Norfolk-based abattoir have been given a helping hand thanks to a grant of nearly £37,000 from the Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Initiative.

Apprentice sailmakers at Jeckells. Chris Carter at work attaching parts of a sail together. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

In 2017 there will be plenty of law changes for employers to stay abreast of.

The second DevelopHER Awards were held in Ipswich. Pictured is Angela Prichard, winner of the Eye for Design Award. Picture: Tim Stephenson Photography.

The best and brightest have been recognised at an awards ceremony to promote the role of women in East Anglia’s tech sector.

Corey Lark, 17, has found work as an maintenance apprentice through Apprenticeship EAST, which is being pioneered by Lowestoft charity Access Community Trust.

A new apprenticeship scheme aims to turn around the fortunes of young people – and at the same time help small businesses across Waveney.

Arrianne Dahle receives her certificate from managing director Michael Baker.

A leading business in north Norfolk has revealed investment in its staff is one of the secrets to its success.

Tarmac's new highways apprentices. From left, Liam Archer West, Kaine Bentley, Max Hodgson, Ben Dunning and James Tansley, with Adrian Bond, Tarmac operations manager, centre.

Six apprentices have started an 18-month programme of vocational education and practical training with highways maintenance firm Tarmac.

Chris Pegg (left) celebrates 40 years of service at Thurlow Nunn Holt with general manager Andrew Parsons. Picture: McCann PR

These days, it can be difficult to find a long standing member of staff, with the average person changing jobs 10 to 15 times throughout their careers.

A new apprenticeship programme developed by skills specialist Ingeus and Five Guys Burgers and Fries has supported four budding crew members into work at the new Five Guys store in Norwich. Pictured are Five Guys apprentices Jake Ballard and April Witham with Clare Johnson, centre, from Ingeus’s specialist skills division.

Four people have been helped by Five Guys to find jobs through a new skills and apprenticeship programme being run by the burger bar.

Apprentice sailmakers at Jeckells. From left, Mark Mwebe, David Youngs, and Chris Carter. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Traditional industries are being put on stable footing by apprenticeships which tackle skills shortages and feed younger generations into the workforce.

Hoseasons managing director Simon Altham pictured with workers. Picture RYAN MASON

Coastal businesses have a social responsibility to help the community by providing apprenticeship opportunities for young people in their town, a leading employer in the area has said.

The number of job vacancies for graduates has fallen after years of growth, with construction, retail and engineering particularly hit, a new study shows. There were 19,732 positions this year compared with over 21,400 in 2015, said the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR). Picture: Chris Ison/PA Wire

The number of job vacancies for graduates has fallen after years of growth, with construction, retail and engineering particularly hit, a new study shows.

Mark Lusher of WS Lusher & Son building services.

A heritage building firm which has traded in Norwich for four generations and counts the Queen as one of its customers has gone into administration with the loss of 24 jobs.

Mayor of Watton Beryl Bunning attends the first Wayland Jobs and Careers Fair, organised by the Wayland Partnership.

Organisers of an inaugural jobs fair have hailed the event as a resounding success and say it will return in future years.

The Extremis Technology team of Cillian Hickey, Julia Glenn and Lucy O'Driscoll with their half size model of their unique shelter.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Tycoon’s offer of £1m to help entrepreneurs turn their vision into reality could prove attractive to Future50 businesses

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Steve Beber, left, chief executive,, and Mike Pettitt, chief technical officer, of TRACKIT Solutions. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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The installation vessel Giant 7 being used to install turbine jackets at Wikinger.

The East Anglian coastline is becoming a world leader for the offshore wind industry – but the lessons are being imported from abroad. Business editor MARK SHIELDS visited Germany’s Wikinger wind farm to find out more.

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