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Bernard Matthews during his interview for EDP Norfolk Magazine, showing the rear view of Gt. Witchingham Hall.
Pic by Keiron Tovell

The owners of one of Europe’s biggest turkey producers is exploring options to sell.

Mary Leishman a Research associate at Norwich Business School at the UEA who is working on a food research project. 


Norfolk’s army of food producers is being offered the power of branding and marketing insight usually the preserve of multi-million-pound companies, thanks to the University of East Anglia.

Kettle Foods chef Chris Barnard retires. Pictured with new chef Phil Hovey.

The man behind the flavours at Norwich success story Kettle Foods is finally hanging up his chef whites. SABAH MEDDINGS reports.

Royal Norfolk Show 2016. Photo: Steve Adams

Keep calm and carry on - that was the message from hundreds of small businesses at the Royal Norfolk Show as uncertainty continued to swirl over the UK’s departure from the European Union.

Rooney Anand, chief executive of Greene King

Pubs and brewing group Greene King today reported a 60% increase in annual pre-tax profits after a “transformational” year which saw it become the UK’s largest operator of directly managed pubs.

MigSolv, the nine-acre commercial data centre at Barnard Road. Alistair MacMillan, service desk operative, in the cold corridor where the customer's computer servers are housed. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Military-level security protects the sensitive information housed at Migsolv data centre near Norwich.

The Enterprise Centre. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

The most deprived areas of Norfolk and Suffolk must continue to benefit from the level of funding which currently comes from the European Union, local leaders have said as Conservatives jostled for who would be the next prime minister.

Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills. Picture: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

The views of businesses will be heard today in the first meeting of industry leaders since the EU referendum result.

The QD store on London Road North has closed.

A company that has been trading in Lowestoft since 1989, has announced the closure of its town centre store.

Patrick Fisher at Redwell Brewery, Trowse. Camden Brewery planned to take Redwell Brewery to the High Court in a claim against the name Hells Lager. Photo: Steve Adams

A bitter dispute over beer has finally been resolved - much to the relief of one of the region’s breweries.

Chris Evans in Zenos Car's E10S. Picture: BBC/Mark Yeoman

When Chris Evans spun around the track in the first few minutes of this week’s Top Gear it was in a Zenos E10S, made in Norfolk.

Aviva offices in Surrey Street, Norwich. Photo: Steve Adams

The value of Aviva shares continued to fall this morning in the wake of the UK’s Brexit vote.

Late summer sunshine along the coast in Lowestoft.  Sailing boats enjoying the weather on Oulton Broad.

East Anglia’s tourism businesses could receive a boost following the Brexit vote, believes an industry expert.

File photo dated 25/02/10 of the 'Gherkin' and Canary Wharf at sunrise in London, as the city is becoming cheaper for expatriate workers to live in as

Savers and investors have been advised not to make rash decisions and focus on the medium to long-term as stock markets react to Britain’s decision to leave the EU.

Video grab taken from Sky News. 


Bank of England governor Mark Carney has said volatility “can be expected” in the wake of the Brexit vote but said the Bank is prepared to provide £250bn to support markets.

Aviva offices in Surrey Street, Norwich. Photo: Steve Adams

Insurance giant Aviva has given its reaction to the result of the EU referendum result, saying it believes the outcome will have “no significant operational impact on the company”.

Caroline Williams Norfolk Chamber of Commerce chief executive. 

Businesses need action to maintain economic stability, a timeline for exit and answers about how to do business during and after this transition, according to Norfolk Chamber.

Late summer sunshine along the coast in Lowestoft.  Sailing boats enjoying the weather on Oulton Broad.

Cheap and hassle-free travel has bolstered the popularity of whistle-stop city breaks and quick trips. Tourism correspondent LAUREN COPE looks at the move towards short breaks – and asks whether they are sounding the death knell for the traditional two-week getaway.

Holt town centre is popular with shoppers. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

One thousand new car parking spaces are needed in Holt to help businesses thrive.

Enlight managing director Gary Atkinson of the Loddon based business which brings technology into streetlights, to create smart cities.

The nation’s network of street lamps could soon do more than provide light for late-night travel.

Shoppers in King's Lynn town centre for Love Local. Picture; Matthew Usher.

Business representatives in King’s Lynn are once again hoping to persuade traders to pay a levy that will go towards promoting the town centre.

Stephen Britt of Anchor Storage, who is voting for Britain to leave the EU.

With just hours left before EU referendum polls open, both campaigns have been making their final pitches to business. Here, Stephen Britt, managing director of Anchor Storage near Debenham in Suffolk, explains his choice.

Daya Thayan, CEO of Kingsley Healthcare based in Lowestoft.

Picture: James Bass

With just hours left before EU referendum polls open, both campaigns have been making their final pitches to business. Here, Daya Thayan, chief executive of Kingsley Healthcare in Lowestoft, explains his choice.

Tesco store.

Supermarket giant Tesco is to end 24-hour opening in 20 more stores across the country as consumer habits continue to move away from round-the-clock shopping.

Helen Cavill, engineer at M&H Plastics. Picture: Jon Kennard

Girls are being urged to consider a career in engineering in a bid to break the pattern which has led the UK to have the lowest proportion of female engineers in Europe.

Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The boss of iconic carmaker Lotus said the company was back on track and gearing up to be profitable after an extraordinary turnaround which is set to secure the long-term future of the business in Norfolk.

A tour around the Kinnerton Factory in Fakenham - On the production line. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Fakenham’s biggest employer has captured a sales uplift despite a “difficult trading environment” thanks to the nation’s taste for chocolate.

Grant Thornton's Norfolk Limited report for 2016 launch event in The Top of the Terrace, Carrow Road.
Photo : Steve Adams

Profits at Norfolk’s leading independent companies have tumbled by nearly a fifth over the past year while business performance has stalled, according to a major new survey of the county’s economy.

Artist's impression of the new Quadram Institute to be built at Norwich Research Park.

New video footage shows the building progress on Norwich’s £81m scientific research centre.

Business feature at the Ivy House Hotel, Oulton Broad with Adrian Parton and his cousin Keith Parton.

A luxury country hotel near Lowestoft is looking for its first five apprentices to start their careers in the restaurant and kitchen.

Naked Wines, founder Rowan Gormely (left), managing director Eamon Fitzgerald. Picture submitted.

Sales at Naked Wines broke the £100m barrier last year, bringing a maiden profit for the crowdfunding retailer.

Jay Wright, CEO of Virgin Wines.

An online wine seller which broke away from its parent company two years ago has revealed how greater freedom has allowed it to target ambitious growth.

New law means firms will have to improve their cyber security. Photo: PA

Two Norfolk firms have lost tens of thousands of pounds to cyber criminals.

Aviva will retain sponsorship of the Norwich City kit for one more year but the logo will be the Community Fund. Photo: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Aviva will continue to be Norwich City’s main sponsor for a further year, the club announced on Thursday, which will see the Aviva Community Fund logo on the team shirts for the 2016/17 season.

Startup Britain Tour 2016 launch at Buckingham Palace on June 15 2016. Picture: Submitted

Aspiring entrepreneurs launching their own businesses have been undeterred by Brexit uncertainty, with new company formations largely in line with last year.

Ipswich Town owner Marcus Evans playing golf.

Companies owned by Ipswich Town owner Marcus Evans are among those UEFA is suing for allegedly selling unauthorised hospitality packages at Euro 2016.

The new sponsors with Norwich City's Irish players. From left to right Niall Murphy, Wes Hoolahan, Robbie Brady and John Murphy.

Norwich City announced on Wednesday that the former Jarrold Stand at Carrow Road will be renamed as the South Stand sponsored by The Galway Roast.

Lintott Control Systems. Chief operating officer Jamie Thums and production supervisor Gary Lewis with one of their UV treatment systems. 

A top-level turnaround at a Norfolk manufacturer is beginning to pay off, with almost £1m of investment on the table following a major “reinvention”.

Scottow Enterprise Park at the former RAF Coltishall airbase. 


A former RAF technician’s ambition to open a children’s play centre looks to have been grounded after funding was refused for the project.

Titan the Robot helps offically open the new KLIC building in King's Lynn. Picture: Matthew Usher.

It is an iconic innovation centre set to spearhead plans to create hundreds of new jobs and transform former industrial land in west Norfolk.

Pentney Abbey in Pentney is under new management. Picture: Matthew Usher.

A new events team has been introduced at Pentney Abbey, near Swaffham, the grand medieval gatehouse recently restored to its former glory.

Kier at work collecting rubbish in north Norfolk

GMB members employed on a refuse contract for Aylsham and Fakenham rejected a 2pc pay increase over two years.

A loan application for a play area in a gym at the former RAF Coltishall airbase has been turned down by a bank.

A former RAF technician’s ambition to open a children’s play centre looks to have been grounded after funding was refused for the project.

Former headteacher Sarah Mintey launched Developing Experts in October as an online platform for teachers to plan lessons, and also allows children to use it at home. 

A former Norfolk teacher has married education with technology and launched a new business which aims to transform the way children learn across the world.

Norfolk Chamber of Commerce EU debate. Chloe Smith MP.

A debate over Britain’s position in the EU offered hope to those vying to sway the views of voters right up to the vote on June 23.

CRIME Hacking. Picture: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Small businesses are unfairly carrying the cost of the growing global threat of cyber crime, costing the UK economy an estimated £5.26bn, according to a new report.

Wayne Rooney reacts to Englands exit from Euro 2012. The tournament usually delivers a boost to the economy but, like Englands involvement, it can prove short-lived.
Picture: PA Wire

The Euro 2016 football championship which starts tomorrow is expected to deliver a timely boost to the economy – but could mean a challenging time for employers.

Hal Hutchison from Vapour Creations who supply dry ice to bars around the UK.

Breaking his back in a motorbike accident last year gave 21-year-old Hal Hutchison the determination to launch his own business.

Views of Norwich from the near top of the spire of Norwich Cathedral. City Hall and Peter Mancroft.

A new initiative is calling on businesses to play their part in changing the perception of the region as a “backwater” when it comes to attracting skilled workers.

888sport logo.

Norwich City is believed to be in discussions with online betting company 888 Sport as a possible successor to Aviva as main club sponsor.

Extremis Technology CEO Julia Glenn with one of their disaster shelters, HuSh1, which have been deployed in the Dominican Republic. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

A business which designs humanitarian shelters for areas hit by earthquakes, hurricanes, floods or war is in the running to win a trip to Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island.

Tourists flock to Southwold to enjoy the warm weather along the Suffolk Heritage coast.

Second home owners have been encouraged to capitalise on the region’s buoyant holiday industry as letting agencies report soaring demand for breaks in the east.

Jeyes. Picture: Sonya Duncan

A manufacturer which produces cleaning products for the Queen’s household has slashed its losses thanks to investment in its US operation.

Chenery Travel at Dickleburgh.

South Norfolk-based Chenery Travel unexpectedly stopped trading on Friday, leaving Norfolk County Council to rearrange school routes operated by the company.

Gary Dickenson, president of Cromer and District Chamber of Trade and Commerce

It is known as the Gem of the North.

Best Western Brome Grange Hotel in Brome, near Diss, has received a TripAdvisor certificate of excellence.

Hotel staff are celebrating after they were praised for the quality of their hospitality.

City of Ale seminar at The Georgian Townhouse in Norwich. Left to right, Mike Benner from SIBA, Dawn Leeder from City of Ale, Dr David Griggs from Crisp Malting Group and Frances Brace from City of Ale.

Independent breweries are driving the economies of communities across the region with two thirds expecting to recruit in the next 12 months, according to a new report.

Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, unveils the full design of the new polymer £5 note featuring Sir Winston Churchill, at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

A wipe-clean fiver will “stand the test of time”, just like Sir Winston Churchill, whose face adorns the banknote, the Governor of the Bank of England said.

BHS British Homes Stores, Norwich store on St Stephens Street. 


BHS will close down with the likely loss of 11,000 jobs after time ran out to agree a sale of the chain, its administrators have said.

Central Trust, Norwich.  
Photo: Antony Kelly

A lender has been handed a £2.3m fine for “serious failings” relating to its handling of historic Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) claims.

The English Shepherd's Hut Company. Operations manager Robert Hanger.

From the outside, they appear to be simple shepherd huts.


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Employers in East Anglia are paying staff more and looking at benefits packages in a bid to attract and retain staff.
Photo credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

If you excel at your job then now might be the time to speak to your boss about a pay rise or equally look for an upgrade in your benefits package.

                                 Managing Director of Bakers and Larners of Holt, Michael Baker, pictured at the Holt department store.


Family businesses are the lifeblood of the economy, but can often be weighed down by tradition. Now a report seeks to champion the region’s oldest family firms. Business writer SABAH MEDDINGS reports.

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