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CC Wells warehouse on Greens Road Industrial Estate, Dereham. Picture: Ian Burt

A fruit and vegetable trader in Dereham could be stopped from selling produce to the public from the company’s warehouse amid concerns that it is having an adverse affect on other town centre businesses.

According to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors there has been a rise in property sales in November. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Residential property sales are picking up across the region after lull earlier in the year, surveyors say.

Farm fields between Seething and Halesworth. Picture: Mike Page

Businesses across the East of England are among the regional finalists of the 2016 Countryside Alliance Awards – an annual celebration of rural produce, skills, enterprise and heritage.

A survey has found 45-54-year-olds in the region have a £379,000 shortfall in their pensions. Picture: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The pressures of supporting their elderly parents’ care and children’s education is leaving the ‘sandwich generation’ short when it comes to their pension, a new report warns.

Great Britain's Will Bayley celebrates with the Gold Medal after winning the Class 7 Mens Singles Table Tennis Gold Medal Match, during the fifth day of the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 12, 2016. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY

World and Paralympic table tennis champion Will Bayley visited Norwich to share his inspiring story with property consultants JLL.

Staff at Norwich-based Hughes Trade.

An East Anglian electrical retailer has taken over a new store as it expands its trade offering outside of the region.

Mark Smith, head of business development at Simplexity Travel.

The search is on for the best manager in Norwich – with the prize of a trip for two to Paris up for grabs.

Stagecoach operates the COasthopper service among others in Norfolk. Picture: Ian Burt

A transport group which runs bus services across Norfolk has been hit by poor weather, the Brexit vote and terrorism as it has seen its revenue slow.

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden in South Walsham. Picture: Peter Bash

With millions of disabled tourists contributing billions to the economy, attraction owners and accommodation providers are waking up to the importance of accessibility. But, as Lauren Cope reports, there is much more to be done.

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.

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.

Saul Humphrey, New Anglia LEP's building growth chairman (right) with Karen Knight, of NorseCare in one of the apartments at the Bowthorpe Care Village. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Home builders across the region have welcomed a new multi-million pound scheme to end the construction industry’s skills shortage – but warned there is no quick fix.

Shoppers at Chapelfield.  Picture: James Bass

Consumer spending grew by 5.5% across the region in November as consumers spent more on the forecourt and in supermarkets than the same month last year.

M&D Butchers in Sheringham won the Best Window Display with this display last year. Picture: NFDL

Christmas dinner is the most important meal of the year. And decorating the turkey is a big part of it.

Morrisons has received planning permission to extend its garage facilities in Cromer. Picture: INSTANTSTREETVIEW.COM

A supermarket in Cromer is set to drive ahead with plans to extend its filling station in the town.

Aerial view of farm fields, houses and the solar farm at Trowse, July 2015. Picture: Mike Page

Rural businesses are pumping £1.8bn a year into the east of England’s economy – but they need better policies to give them the confidence to continue investing during turbulent times.

Lowestoft mayor Nick Weeb and businessman Andrew Kerry at the official opening of Kerry's department store in Lowestoft. Picture by: ANDREW PAPWORTH.

When even retail guru Mary Portas could not save a long-running independent, family-run coastal department store, there was great anxiety about the future a key town centre site.

Aviva, formerly Norwich Union, Surrey Street, Norwich. Photo: Steve Adams

An insurance giant has delisted its American shares after selling its insurance operations across the pond.

Pictured is the first of the UKs F-35B Lightning II jets to be flown to the UK. Crown copyright.

A contract worth £27m has been awarded to Wates Construction Ltd to build squadron headquarters in support of the new F-35B Lightning II aircraft at RAF Marham.

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.

Wells Christmas Tide celebrations. Father Christmas arrives to celebrate the evening.

PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Record crowds turned out for the Christmas lights switch-on in Wells this year.

A fun Christmas afternoon was held at the Crown, Fakenham.
Fakenham and Wensum scouts at the event.
PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Christmas has officially arrived in Fakenham after the festive lights were switched on, on Saturday evening.

Andy Kingham (UK General Manager Post Office Ltd), Duncan Baker (Finance Director and Post Master for C T Baker Groups postal services), Sandra-Taylor Meeds (Store Manager, C T Baker Budgens of Holt), at the opening. Picture: LEONARD OWEN

A supermarket in Holt has always prided itself on offering a first class service.

Beauty therapist Anne Chandler has opened her own business, Ageless Cosmetics, in a 300 year-old pub in Shipdham. Picture: Ian Burt

An entrepreneur who gave a makeover to a 300-year-old pub is now providing makeovers for her customers inside it.

The Cromer Pier Christmas Show cast lit up the town centre as they met traders ahead of the lights switch-on. Pictures: BRUCE STRATTON & SUE LAWSON

Christmas shoppers in Cromer are being reminded there is free parking in the town for the Christmas lights switch-on this weekend.

Lacons Brewery stores on North Quay, Great Yarmouth, destroyed after an air-raid on the town

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Great Yarmouth’s multi award-winning brewery Lacons hosted its annual Winter Gathering, to celebrate the launch of St Nick’s, their hand-crafted ale brewed for the festive season.

Linda Barnes has run Lindy Lou's Bags on the Britten Centre market for five years and has been given notice to quit.

Market traders in Lowestoft are facing a bleak 2017 after being served with eviction notices.

Breckland Council chairman Bill Borrett (centre, with chain) with local councillors, community and business representatives, partners and others to celebrate the launch of Thetford Riverside. Pictures by Keith Mindham

A new £8m leisure complex is now open to the public.

A shopper carrying shopping bags. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.

Independent businesses across Norfolk and Suffolk are urging Christmas shoppers to try something different this Small Business Saturday.

Cromer Chamber of Trade and Business president Gary Dickenson, right, and vice-president Michelle Meggeson hope the group's new image will attract more members. Picture: ALLY McGILVRAY

It has given businesses in the town a voice for more than half a century.

Go Ape tree-top adventure. Picture: GO APE.

Outdoor adventure firm Go Ape has picked up a national award in recognition of rapid growth which has seen it expand across the country.

UK Power Networks.

The potentially devastating impact of power cuts on business will be explored at an event giving rural enterprises the chance to speak directly to the region’s electricity network operator.

Sugar beet harvest, north Norfolk. Picture: Ian Burt

A coalition of 75 food-producing organisations – including Marks and Spencer, Müller and Weetabix – has told the prime minister that access to the single market and a reliable workforce are vital to the post-Brexit prospects of the industry.

The SNS 2016 Offshore Energy conference at the Norfolk Showground. Simon Gray, chief executive EEEGR. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

An international deal to reduce oil production could make the Southern North Sea (SNS) off the coast of East Anglia “a much more attractive playground” if it leads to a rise in fuel prices, says an industry leader.

Britvic plc, whose brands include Robinsons squash, Tango and J20, today reported a pre-tax full-year profit rise of 14%.

Britvic said it is “well placed to adapt and evolve” to changing consumer tastes after posting improved revenue and profits in its full-year results.

Rooney Anand, chief executive of Greene King

East Anglian brewer Greene King has apologised and launched an internal investigation after the bank details of more than 2,000 employees were emailed across its pub network.

Gressenhall residents packed the Swan Inn to discuss the closure of the local post office - Shop owner Simon Chisholm. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Years ago, post offices held villages together.

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Regional law firm Eversheds has confirmed it is discussions regarding a merger with US firm Sutherland.

An offshore wind farm. Photo credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Radar technology being used to keep drones away from airports and military planes could also be used to protect offshore windfarms.

Casey Dearn and Jake Strachan from Caister Academy

Students and companies from the oil and gas industry were brought together to inspire the next generation of energy sector workers.

John Hoy has joined property consultancy Bidwells as the head of its rural division.

The chief executive of Blenheim Palace is set to join property consultancy Bidwells as the head of its rural division, which has an office in Norwich.

Rooney Anand, chief executive of Greene King.

Greene King has continued to reap the benefit of last year’s takeover of the Spirit Pub Company, with first half revenues across the pubs and brewing group topping £1bn for the first time.

Tired workers are costing the UK economy £40bn a year, a new report claims. Picture: Antonio Guillem/Getty Images

Early to bed and early to rise makes and man healthy, wealthy and wise – at least, so the saying goes.

But a new report shows that a lack of sleep is costing the UK economy up to £40bn a year and increasing the risk of death for workers.

Adnams Distribution Centre 10 years

When Adnams decided to move its distribution centre out of the middle of Southwold over a decade ago, its directors challenged themselves to do something different.

On the production line at Cranswick's plant in Watton. Picture; Matthew Usher.

The completion of a £6m upgrade at pork producer Cranswick’s Norfolk plant will accelerate export growth to the Far East, open the door to the US and ensure its future as a key site for the company, said its boss.

Transport secretary Chris Grayling, centre, at the start of work on the upgrade of the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon.

Ground has been broken on £1.5bn roads project which it is hoped could unlock growth across the East of England.

Alan Boswell of Alan Boswell Insurance and Financial Services Group, Norwich.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

East Anglian insurance broker Alan Boswell Group has taken a further step into the Cambridge market after snapping up a firm in a multi-million pound deal.

Treatt chief executive Daemmon Reeve.

Flavour and fragrance ingredients specialist Treatt has reported another year of strong profits growth as its strategy to move further up the value chain continues to bear fruit.

A look around the new Light Cinema in Thetford ahead of their grand opening.
L-r David winch, director of land group, cllr Bill Borrett and brand manager Phil Dove.
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Take a look behind the scenes of a new three-screen cinema which will be opening in Norfolk at the end of this week.

Morgan Self, managing director of Do Different. 

Protecting your business from within and without will be the subject of a breakfast seminar next week at which two Future50 companies will be speaking.

St Peter's brewery chief executive Steve Magnall with the company's new alcohol free beer, Without.

Suffolk’s St Peter’s Brewery has agreed a deal which will see its alcohol-free beer on the shelves of Wholefoods Market stores from next month.

The LEP put an extra £10m into the NDR when it emerged there was a £30m funding gap in the budget. 
Picture: Nigel Pickover

It had a £33m increase in public funding last year and is run by an unelected body, influencing decisions which affect people everywhere in our region.

Intu Chapelfield. Photo: Steve Adams

While it might be known for fights and chaos over the pond the Black Friday sales in Norwich simply provided a welcome boost for retailers in the run up to Christmas.

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.

Norwich City have confirmed a new partnership which will see NVCS supply their Green Farm Coffee product in all of the corporate areas at Carrow Road, as well as Yellows Bar & Grill and Delia’s Restaurant and Bar. Picture: @GreenFarmCoffee on Twitter

Norwich City have confirmed a new partnership with Rackheath-based NVCS, which will see the company’s Green Farm Coffee supplied to all corporate areas of Carrow Road, as well as Yellows Bar & Grill and Delia’s Restaurant and Bar.

James Walker, from Resolver. Picture: Supplied

Christmas is approaching fast, especially now Black Friday has reared its head.

CVS in Diss. Chief Executive is SImon Innes.

A veterinary group is aiming to continue its rapid expansion through acquisition as it attempts to build a Dutch section of its business.

Winemaker Ben Witchell has been analysing the make-up of the Bacchus grape variety, which is grown widely in East Anglia.

Winemakers and experts gathered to hear the findings of research into a grape variety fast becoming East Anglia’s speciality.

Chancellor Philip Hammond delivers his Autumn Statement in the House of Commons, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 23, 2016. See PA story BUDGET Main. Photo credit should read: PA Wire

The clouds of Brexit uncertainty hung heavily over the Autumn Statement as Philip Hammond laid out the challenge ahead of him and the country.

Bus company boss Charles Sanders has warned that his business could be driven out of Holt by problems with parking.

A bus company boss has confirmed he has already begun a search for new headquarters amid fears a lack of room to expand on its current site could force them to drive out of town.

Chancellor Philip Hammond delivers his Autumn Statement in the House of Commons, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 23, 2016. See PA story BUDGET Main. Photo credit should read: PA Wire

They were supposed to be the group du jour – those offered a sweetener to distract from the doom and gloom of the economic forecasts.

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From left, Sarah Gilder and Dominique Fell-Clark of Digibee. Sarah has taken part in a Future50 work shadowing project with neighbouring business The Avanti Group.

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