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Michele Dickinson, owner of Shelley's pie and mash shop in Cromer which has been listed on the Best in England website, an independent online travel guide to England. 


Fish and chips may be synonymous with the seaside, but another classic English dish seems to be going down a treat in Cromer.

The Chicken Coup in Tower Street is open for business. Pictured are (from left) Graham Ridgwell, Simon Dye and Adam Cook. Picture: Ian Burt

A new independent restaurant that has opened in King’s Lynn is keeping its menu very simple - and is offering just chicken on the menu.

North Norwich MP Chloe Smith visited Regional Freight Services at Norwich International Airport. Pictured from left: Dale Eagle, Chloe Smith, Chris Brient and Phil Garrard behind a Zenos E10 which the company will be delivering.

Britain risks being bypassed if a new trade agreement is not agreed swiftly, one of the region’s freighters has warned.

Jack Richards & Sons MD Peter Brown at the depot in Fakenham. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Hauliers need to promote a more diverse workforce to plug a potential 100,000 shortfall in truck drivers next year, MPs have said.

Amazon UK is to open a Norwich logistics hub in September. Picture: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Norwich has been chosen as a prime location for Amazon’s logistics delivery hub - as it looks to scale up its business.

Chiswick House care home in Norwich, which is run by Black Swan International.

A fast-growing care group is looking to bolster its portfolio in the coming weeks with two new acquisitions, as it revealed its intention to continue expanding.

Winners of the EDP Business Awards celebrate
Eastern Daily Press Business Awards 2015. Pic by Keiron Tovell

Time is running out for firms to submit their entries for this year’s EDP Business Awards.

Leaders of East Anglia's devolution bid put the case to businesses at a breakfast event at Norwich University of the Arts. New Anglia LEP chairman Mark Pendlington addressing guests.

Leaders of East Anglia’s devolution project were challenged to justify the case for business, as they continued their battle to win support for the deal.

Fifty, Twenty, Ten, and Five pound notes. Chris Radburn/PA Wire

The UK economy picked up pace in the run-up to the Brexit vote thanks to the strongest performance from industrial production since 1999.

Holt Post Office.

Post office services in Holt are set to be delivered from a new location later this year.

The moves and appointments across the region.

The latest moves, promotions and appointments from across the region.

Lowestoft town centre

As town centres try to adapt to the growth of online shopping, finding ways to boost trade and footfall is a big challenge.

File photo dated 28/10/14 of a branch of Lloyds Bank in the City of London, as the taxpayers' stake in Lloyds Banking Group has fallen to below 16% after the Government sold off another tranche of shares. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday July 2, 2015. It means the Government has now recouped around £12 billion of the £20.5 billion spent bailing out the lender at the height of the financial crisis in 2008. See PA story CITY Lloyds. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Lloyds Banking Group is cutting 3,000 jobs and shutting 200 branches as the lender braces for a cut in interest rates following Britain’s decision to quit the European Union.

Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

A government overhaul of insolvency fees has been criticised by experts within the industry, who warn that the changes could amount to a “tax on creditors”.

People playing Pokemon Go on St George's Street, Norwich.

The breakthrough of Pokémon Go marks the coming-of-age of augmented reality you can carry in your pocket. But what opportunities does it offer for business - and how can they capitalise?

Bateman Groundworks

Norfolk construction company Bateman Groundworks has been shortlisted in the 2016 Lloyds Bank National Business Awards.

Fifty, Twenty, Ten, and Five pound notes. Chris Radburn/PA Wire

The UK economy picked up pace in the second quarter of this year following a robust performance from industrial production and the services sector.

Sponge Cakes business is expanding. Head of Sales Richard Fowler with some of their range.

Selling cakes is big business for a north Norfolk bakery which has secured deals with sports clubs, the royal palaces and attractions across the UK.

The Future50 class of 2016 was unveiled at a launch event at OrbisEnergy in Lowestoft. Picture: I Do Photography

Norfolk and Suffolk’s most dynamic businesses were recognised as the Future50 class of 2016 was unveiled.

Cranswick Country Foods in Watton - On the production line. Picture; Matthew Usher.

The head of pork producer Cranswick has called on the government to provide greater clarity over the labour market in the wake of the Brexit vote.

CVS in Diss.
Chief Executive is SImon Innes.

Veterinary giant CVS Group has added 67 surgeries to its growing portfolio of practices, in what has been the most acquisitive year in its history.

The Thetford Young Business Group's summer social event at the Charles Burrell Centre. Mayor of Thetford Terry Jermy, Mayor's Consort Corinne Fulford, town councillor Denis Crawford and centre manager Mark Snowdon with young businesspeople and students from Thetford Academy.

A community hub which came out its first year with a financial surplus has celebrated its achievement with residents and tenants at its first AGM.

J&S Jewellery was launched three years ago by sisters Jenny and Sophie Laslett and is now turning over £1M a year. Photo : Steve Adams

When launching a jewellery business in late 2012, sisters Jenny and Sophie Laslett used some borrowed money and a spare room. After ordering a small batch from a manufacturer in the Far East, their only customers the first Christmas were friends and family.

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


‘Everything must go’ signs have begun to appear at BHS stores across the region, though no final closing date has yet been set.

Hench Nutrition, which was founded by John Horwell, pictured, in 2011, is hoping to raise £300,000 through a crowdfunding campaign. Picture: Julia Holland

A sports nutrition company founded by a college student is looking to beef up its prospects with a new 
fundraising drive.

Managing director of Crisp Maltings Euan Macpherson is retiring from his role - From left, Euan Macpherson and new MD Adrian Dyter. Picture: Matthew Usher.

A new managing director has taken sole control at the region’s leading private maltster, pledging to continue the work of his long-standing predecessor.

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Proposals to build a new £16billion nuclear power station on the Suffolk coast will move a step closer next week.

The new HarperWells Ber street shop which has been opened by business owners Ed Wells and Dean Harper

A Champagne toast marked the opening of Norfolk’s newest wine shop.

Kinnerton needs 100 extra staff for its production line in Fakenham.

The town’s biggest employer says it is looking to invest for the future by increasing its permanent workforce in the town.

Pigs. Picture: Nick Bass

Bacon supplier Direct Table Foods has served up a tasty rise in profits, more than doubling its total from a year earlier.

Hans Daugaard-Hansen has bought Culrose Residential Care Home in Dickleburgh but difficulties involving his bank means he's unable to access the business bank account to pay staff.

The new owner of a care home near Diss has hit out at bank delays which have forced him to pay £30,000 in staff wages and bills from his own pocket.

Left to right, Visit East Anglia executive director Pete Waters, British Ambassador to the Netherlands Sir Geoffrey Adams and New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership managing director Chris Starkie outside the Residency with the Lotus Elise and Evora.

Thousands of Dutch visitors have sampled what the region has to offer thanks to a tourism campaign which is thought to have generated an extra £2.3m.

The former Bouncers nightclub in Cromer.

Controversial plans to open a charity shop in one of Cromer’s most prominent buildings are being reviewed following a public outcry.

Unemployment has fallen across the region with a record number in employment across the country. Picture: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Our region has the lowest unemployment rate across the country after seeing the number without work fall to 112,000 - a rate of just 3.5%.

Four champions for industry sectors across Suffolk and Norfolk are featured in a new campaign to promote the LEP’s Growing Business Fund grant scheme, which provides up to £500,000 investment to help SMEs invest and grow. Pictured is Hydramec Offshore, which has been awarded a £200,000 grant.

An offshore hydraulics firm has been awarded a £200,000 grant to help its move into larger premises and safeguard high-skilled jobs.

Andy Springhall and Mark Falgate of expanding Norfolk glazing firm Anglian First who are based in Lenwade. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

A Norfolk-based home improvements company has its eyes on growth with the opening of two new branches.

James Hopkins, executive chairman of Hopkins Homes. Picture:

At the age of 20, James Hopkins had few qualifications, and his father, a doctor, had begun to despair of him.

File photo dated 15/04/15 of construction workers on a building site.  Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Housebuilders must hold their nerve and weather the fallout from Britain’s decision to quit the EU to prevent a housing slowdown, say industry chiefs.

Bernard Matthews rebrand. New product packaging and logo. Pictures submitted.

Unions have pledged to keep a close eye on developments at turkey producer Bernard Matthews, after meeting management to find out about the potential sale of the company.

Tracey Sizeland and Greg Brighouse of Just Add Grapes a gluten free bakery and cafe in Holt have launched their own voucher to cover the cost of parking in the town  to encourage more people to the town put off by the perceived lack of parking.   Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Traders in Holt are aiming to drive an increase in sales by reducing the impact of car parking charges.

Travellers on the site of PG Products in North Walsham.

A businesswoman says she is sleeping in her factory to protect her property after travellers moved on to neighbouring land.

Peter Aldous MP was the speaker at the Lowestoft & Waveney Business Networking Event.

“It is very much business as usual”.

The Grove guest-house has been shortlisted for the Hidden Gems Awards, pictured is owner Richard Graveling.


The owners of a Cromer guesthouse are celebrating reaching the final of a national award.

Stalham Radio director Peter Marko to announce he is to shut up shop.

Brexit has been blamed for the closure electrical appliancies shop Stalham Radio which has been serving customers since 1949.

Contactless payment app Droplet's Steffan Aquarone, Aimee Keeble and Christian Long who at the launch of the reward programme for independent traders in Norwich. Photo : Steve Adams.

The founder of a mobile payment app which was piloted in the Norwich Lanes has said his priority is to return as much money as possible to investors, after he decided to withdraw the app from use.

RJ Herbert Engineering has been placed into administration. Pictured from Herbert Engineering are Jo Herbert and Richard Newman at LAMMA 2016 at the East of England Showground earlier this year. Picture: Ian Burt

Administrators have been appointed to two businesses in an engineering group in Wisbech, putting about 124 jobs at risk.

Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney. Photo credit: Dylan Martinez/PA Wire

The Bank of England left interest rates unchanged at 0.5% today.

Winemaker Lee Dyer at Winbirri vineyard in Surlingham. Picture: SUBMITTED.

A Norfolk winemaker whose wine has been named the best in the UK believes the accolade could help bolster the county’s growing reputation.

An oil rig in the North Sea. Pic: Danny Lawson/PA Wireure

Insolvency experts have warned of the widening impact of the enduring oil and gas downturn on the region.

A Co-op Food store. Photo credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

The Co-operative group plans to sell off nearly 300 stores to a rival firm as it looks to overhaul its retail footprint across the UK.

Oxfam Diss proposed the new bargains market in the town's market place. Here, Oxfam volunteers Roberta Playford and Blanche Goodrum promote the event.

The Diss market place is set to come alive with trade as it prepares to host the town’s first ever bargains market.

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.

Staff and volunteers from the Charles Burrell Centre in Thetford, which is celebrating its first anniversary.

A community organisation is planning a reinvestment into its facilities after finishing its first year of business with a surplus.

Karen Knight of NorseCare

Leading business figures from the East of England have been featured on a national list of the 100 people recognised for making a contribution to the economic health of their region.

Home Secretary Theresa May officially launches her campaign to become prime minister at Austin Court in Birmingham. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday July 11, 2016. Mrs May is embarking on a nationwide campaign to win over Tory members in her bid to become prime minister, after a weekend dominated by a row over comments made by leadership rival Andrea Leadsom about motherhood. See PA story POLITICS Conservatives. Photo credit should read: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Proposals from the country’s incoming prime minister to curb excessive corporate pay and give workers a say in the running of their company have been given a mixed welcome by business leaders.

RMG Photography - 23rd November 2014

Mills & Reeve - Claire Clarke, Managing Partner and Justin Ripman, Senior Partner.

Pic - Richard Marsham

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Law firm Mills & Reeve has reported a record turnover of £87.2m, an increase of more than £5.5m from last year.

Caroline Williams Norfolk Chamber of Commerce chief executive. 

Economic growth across the region could grind to a halt if top-level decisions about the future of the country continue to be delayed, according to an industry leader.

Cromer town councillors are fighting to stop the loss of a shop premises on Bond Street. Picture: MILES JERMY

Action needs to be taken stop the loss of shop premises in Cromer according to a town councillor.

Beacon Innovation Centre on Beacon Park, Gorleston Exterior view. 

Picture: James Bass

Offshore firm Fraser Well Management has launched into the Scottish market by expanding into Aberdeen.

Midwich has taken on 30 new employees as it continues its expansion.

Trade technology company Midwich has continued its expansion by taking on 30 new staff across the business.

Employees work at the Mars Food UK factory as the company announces a £23 million pound investment into their Kings Lynn manufacturing site, Norfolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday July 7, 2016. Photo credit should read: Jeremy Durkin/PA Wire

One of West Norfolk’s biggest employers today pledges its future to King’s Lynn as it unveils a £23m investment.


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People playing Pokemon Go on St George's Street, Norwich.

The breakthrough of Pokémon Go marks the coming-of-age of augmented reality you can carry in your pocket. But what opportunities does it offer for business - and how can they capitalise?

J&S Jewellery was launched three years ago by sisters Jenny and Sophie Laslett and is now turning over £1M a year. Photo : Steve Adams

When launching a jewellery business in late 2012, sisters Jenny and Sophie Laslett used some borrowed money and a spare room. After ordering a small batch from a manufacturer in the Far East, their only customers the first Christmas were friends and family.

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