£7.50 will be the new national minimum wage from 2017. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Businesses have been warned to keep on top of their paperwork to avoid being named and shamed by the government as an example to others.

KLM Engineering aviation apprentices show off their skills back in 2015. Jack Lain, left, and Keir Murray at work on an aircraft. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Only a third of employers plan to take on more apprentices because of a new levy aimed at boosting numbers – while some will cut their training budget to pay for it, a study shows.

Utilities companies including Anglian Water and Essex & Suffolk are working together to feed the pipeline of new talent

The region’s biggest water companies have revealed plans to come together to tap into the talent of the future.

The Norwich City Council jobs fair at The Halls. Phyllis Ryan, Norwich City Council income assistant, helps Doreen Rosser in the digital inclusion zone. Picture: Bethany Whymark.

Technology’s place in the world of work was at the centre of a careers fair, which saw more than 500 students, job-seekers and want-to-be volunteers pass through the doors.

The team at Desire Marketing, which has seen turnover treble since it merged with Traded Network last year. Picture: Desire Marketing.

A marketing company has seen turnover treble in the year since its merged with another Norfolk business.

Many firms are struggling to adjust to planned increases in the National Living Wage and plans for an apprenticeship levy, the government is being warned. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.

The National Living Wage, the apprenticeship levy and inflationary pressures are weighing heavily on firms, a major business group has warned the government in its Budget submission.

Norse apprentices past and present with Norfolk County Councillor Ian Mackie.

A £1.7m apprenticeship initiative has been has been hailed a success after helping nearly 100 school leavers into work.

Palm Paper apprenticeships. Pictured is Jake Seekings. Picture: Ian Burt

Fears have been raised the government’s imminent apprenticeship levy might not give value for money for businesses and may encourage firms to invest in the wrong skills.

Frankie and Benny's on Riverside, Norwich Photo: Simon Finlay

The struggling owner of Frankie & Benny’s and Garfunkel’s has said trading continues to be challenging and a shake-up of the business will only begin to bear fruit towards the end of the year.

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.

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Better access to finance made 2016 a good year for entrepreneurs, according to research from Barclays. Picture: PA Photo/thinkstockphotos.

The past year will be remembered for economic uncertainty, but it was a good time for entrepreneurs, writes Barclays’ Simon Smith.

Are you planning your summer holiday already? Following Martin Lewis's top tips could save you money. Photo: Nick Ansell/PA Wire.

It’s cold, wet, and miserable, so no wonder this is the peak summer holiday booking period.

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