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The BizQuiz: The Dutch question gets answered as Unilever and Britvic prepare to sell up

PUBLISHED: 10:21 28 September 2018 | UPDATED: 10:33 28 September 2018

Local Flavours 2018 event for local food and drink producers at the Norfolk Showground Arena.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Local Flavours 2018 event for local food and drink producers at the Norfolk Showground Arena. Picture: Nick Butcher

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How closely have you been paying attention to this week in business? Put your memory to the test as we round up some of the biggest and best stories which may have slipped under your radar.

Once you’ve caught up on the headlines, make sure to take our Biz Quiz to test your knowledge of East Anglian and national stories.

Lotus celebrates 70th anniversary

The son of Lotus founder Colin Chapman says his father would be proud to see the famous marque celebrating its 70th anniversary this weekend in such a strong position.

More than 1,500 guests, drivers and staff past and present are expected at the carmaker’s Hethel headquarters on Saturday to mark the milestone and enjoy classic car parades and behind-the scenes tours.

Clive Chapman, son of legendary Lotus founder Colin, believes they will be seeing a company firmly on the up following a four-year turnaround and a takeover by Chinese manufacturer Geely.

Norwich Airport has eyes on the ‘prize’ hubs of Dublin and Paris

The airport’s parent company Rigby Group posted record results, but it was a year of consolidation at Norwich Airport, according to its managing director Richard Pace.

While domestic, international and charter flight passenger traffic increased steadily, the growth was dragged back by a drop-off in helicopter transfers to offshore energy sites.

But Mr Pace said the airport’s big focus remained on establishing links with Dublin and Paris to give passengers access to even more destinations worldwide - and said discussions were progressing towards making the ‘prize’ routes a reality.

The electric vehicle charger designed in the inventor’s grandfather’s barn in Suffolk gets £13m funding

EO Charging, one of the UK’s leading electric vehicle (EV) charging manufacturers, has secured £13m funding from London-based infrastructure investor Zouk Capital, also investors in rapid EV charging business InstaVolt.

To date, EO Charging has manufactured over 5,000 charging stations at its new headquarters in Stowmarket, Suffolk.

The business currently sells its products in 25 countries around the world and is expecting to grow rapidly over the next three years in line with the mass adoption of electric vehicles.

Britvic and Unilever’s Carrow Works site to be put up for sale as exit from Norwich looms

Norwich’s Carrow Works site, home to the departing Britvic and Unilever companies, will be put up for sale next month.

At a meeting of Norwich City Council on Tuesday, Labour leader Alan Waters revealed that the site was about to be put up for sale.

He said meetings between senior managers from the two companies, the city and county councils and the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership had been held in June and August.

Anglo-Dutch relations bolstered by Local Flavours trade show

Officials and buyers from the Netherlands believe that consumers and producers in both countries could potentially benefit from Brexit.

Buyers from the Netherlands landed in Norfolk to attend the Local Flavours event at the Norfolk Showground, where 120 exhibitors showcased the best of East Anglian produce to potential new customers.

Despite feeling that their nation had “lost a friend at the Brussels table” after the Brexit vote, the Dutch delegation saw light at the end of the tunnel for British suppliers – particularly those in East Anglia, due to its close proximity and established links.

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