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Clays book printers in Bungay. Picture: Submitted

Readers turning away from digital books and the continuing rise of the self-publisher have stabilised sales at the region’s biggest book printer.

Curveball Media who are trialling the six-hour-day for their workforce. Creative director Oliver Lawer, front, and his colleagues, from left, Caroline Jobbins, account manager; Tom Cowles, animation specialist; and Hannah Morley, studio trafficker; ignore the clock as they work their six-hour-day. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

A Norwich digital media agency says it has managed to improve staff wellbeing and productivity – by moving to a six-hour day.

The Future50 EU debate event taking place in Norwich Shirehall. The EDP's Annabelle Dickson hosting George Freeman speaking for REMAIN and Steve Baker speaking for LEAVE. Photo : Steve Adams

They may be small businesses but the Future50 class of 2016 had big questions for political leaders on both sides of the EU referendum debate.

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File photo dated 31/01/07 showing a large number of for sale and to let signs. Landlords collectively have over £500 billion invested in buy-to-let properties in the UK, more than the value of all privately owned commercial property put together, a report said today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday July 14 2008. The research estimated that homes in the private rental sector were worth up to £530 billion, outstripping the value of all privately owned offices, shops, hotels, factories, warehouse and leisure facilities, which are collectively worth £503.88 billion. See PA story MONEY Let. Photo credit should read: John Giles/PA Wire

Ripples from the oil and gas downturn are being felt across the commercial property market in Great Yarmouth, with the town experiencing an oversupply of premises, according to a new report.

MD of Eastern Attachments in Attleborough, Philip Leslie, outside the head office. The company is moving to larger purpose built premises next year.

A family-owned business which makes parts for diggers and earth movers is planning a major expansion worth up to £30m over the next 10 years.

New 4G mobile services are due to go live in Cromer. Photo credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

New fourth generation (4G) mobile services are being switched on in Cromer, providing faster access to internet on smartphones and tablets.

Spending on Eating Out remained robust during April, according to a survey carried out for Greene King.

Britons continued to enjoy eating out during April, according to a new survey, despite reports of growing concern over the strength of the UK economy and the potential impact of a vote to leave the EU in next month’s referendum.

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File photo dated 16/03/07 of an oil rig in the North Sea. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Energy jobs are at risk in Great Yarmouth after an oil and gas firm revealed it was consulting workers over potential cuts.

Tessa Haskey and Andrew Barnes outside the new Howes Percival Norwich office.

A leading law firm has moved into its new £3m home in Norwich’s historic Cathedral Close quarter.

Edwin Gooch and  Mary Curl on their wedding day in 1960

His life started at the foot of his father’s forge, and he worked his way up to become one of Norfolk’s most powerful men.

Christian Motta from Grosvenor Fish Bar in Norwich which has done well out of TripAdvisor. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

For many, it is the first point of call when booking a holiday or meal out – but with little regulation, and 350 million visitors a month, review website TripAdvisor often leaves businesses divided. Tourism correspondent Lauren Cope looks at how it affects Norfolk’s hotels and restaurants.

Managing director Mick Carver, left, savouring a pint of Encore with non-executive director William Lacon. Picture: SUPPLIED.

A familiar name is back on the board at one of the region’s best-known brewers.

Steve Garner of Sinogy with Mr Han of Chinese superstore chain MIG.

A Norfolk company linking up the East with the Far East is urging the region’s mid-sized firms to expand their horizons and embrace exports.

The former HMV store, Davey Place, Norwich, that has not yet been converted into a NatWest Bank branch. Photo : Steve Adams

Bosses at NatWest have apologised for a delay which has meant a proposed new flagship branch in Norwich city centre is still empty, more than a year after the bank leased the building.

Foster Refridgeration on Old Meadow Road on the Hardwick Industrial Estate in King's Lynn. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The competition watchdog has imposed a £2.2m fine after a King’s Lynn firm broke business competition laws by restricting online discounts on its products.

Ben Farrin, MD of The Student Pock Guide and now owner of a new record label.

His pop culture magazine has become a must for million of students across Great Britain.

Chancellor of the exchequer, George Osborne warns the UK will go into a year-long recession if it leaves the EU. Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Quitting the European Union would plunge Britain into a year-long recession and cost 820,000 jobs, including 50,000 in East England, the Chancellor warned today.

The 'start of build' ceremony for the new International Aviation Academy at Norwich Airport involves the part demolition of an old hangar. Photo: Simon Finlay

Norfolk’s new £12m aviation academy was hailed an international leader, as work formally began on the centre designed to train the next generation of aircraft engineers.

Norfolk Chamber of Commerce chief executive Caroline Williams at the 120th anniversary celebrations held at Norwich Castle. Picture: SUPPLIED.

Nearly 200 guests gathered in the historical surroundings of Norwich Castle to celebrate the 120th anniversary of Norfolk Chamber.

The Associated British Port in King's Lynn. Pictured are (L) port manager Paul Brooks and operations manager John Jarvis. Picture: Ian Burt

The future is looking bright for the port of King’s Lynn, where millions of pounds worth of investment is set to transform the site.

Caister Holiday Park general manager Gareth Brown.

A coastal resort has unveiled the first stage of its three-year expansion with a £2m set of deck houses for the summer season.

Hevingham farmer and managing director of abattoir HG Blakes Andrew Clarke.

Satisfying the overseas appetite for offal and other ‘fifth quarter’ meat products – while investing in butchery – are two ways HG Blake is battling back against rock-bottom meat prices.

Graham Wollof, from EWS in Peterborough, has been appointed administrator. Picture: Submitted

An electrical engineering company established more than 100 years ago has been placed into administration in a bid to secure its future.

Caroline Williams and Jake Humphrey at Norfolk Chamber's B2B event at Norwich City Football Club. Picture: Submitted

Television presenter Jake Humphrey has been announced as the special guest at this year’s Norfolk Chamber B2B exhibition in October.

Treatt group chief executive Daemmon Reeve.

Flavours and fragrances specialist Treatt has reported improved first-half profits as its strategic move towards value-added products continues to gain ground.

Up to 61 more Post Office branches will move into WHSmith stores over the next year. Photo: Lewis Stickley/PA Wire

The Post Office is to cut 600 jobs in its cash handling business, according to unions.

White Space is an open plan collaborative work space on the second floor of St James' Mill, Norwich. Photo : Steve Adams

Business is the lifeblood of our economy and we live and work in one of the most dynamic regions in the country.

One of the substations at the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm. Picture: Ian Burt

A windfarm off the north Norfolk coast which is aimed to power 220,000 homes more than doubled its profits last year despite lower-than-average wind speeds.

Pictured from left, car-wash workers:  Ermal Sinaj, Podeanu Ciprian, Tabeica Marius, Cirstea Alin and Ciobotaru Constantin. 


Nearly 800 people have signed an online petition calling for a North Walsham threatened car wash to be saved.

Liam Bailey, who with his business partner, launched Photocrowd a year ago as an online platform for photographers to sell photographs and enter competitions. 

A start-up photo-sharing site which wants to establish a “fair trade model” for image sales has launched a crowdfunding bid to drive the next stage of growth.

High heels in the workplace. Photo : Steve Adams

It is the row which has proved a lightning rod for a form of sexism we thought had disappeared. A temp worker sent home for not wearing high heels. SABAH MEDDINGS reports

Professor David Richardson speaks at the UEA business breakfast at Norwich Cathedral on May 11, 2016. Picture: UEA/David Kirkham

Businesses need to continue to foster ambition among students at the University of East Anglia in order to create the innovators of the future.

Norwich City's Joint Majority Shareholders, Delia Smith and her husband Michael Wynn-Jones. Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

This newspaper’s head of sport, Chris Lakey, asks whether is it time for a huge policy shift by Norwich City’s owners.

Julian Pitts of Begbies Traynor.

A total of 110 jobs have been saved at a Thetford-based personal care products business following its sale by administrators.

Tim Green at Briar Chemicals on Sweetbriar Road in Norwich.  Photo: Bill Smith

The boss of a Norfolk-based chemicals firm has hailed a new million-pound contract as proof it can secure its future as an independent firm - but admits it must adapt to life as a smaller concern to survive.

The Virgin Money Lounge in Castle Street, Norwich. Picture: Denise Bradley

Challenger bank Virgin Money has reported record mortgage lending but warned the EU referendum remained the largest source of domestic uncertainty.

Production at the Kettle Foods Bowthorpe factory. Cooked chips are checked and sorted.

Intense competition among snack producers hoping to snatch the attention of consumers has seen sales dip at Norwich-based crisp-maker Kettle Foods.

Graham Hacon from the 3sun group.
Picture: James Bass

Offshore firm 3sun Group has expanded into Hull where it hopes to work with energy giants in the installation of a new £310m windfarm.

Caroline Williams Norfolk Chamber of Commerce chief executive. 

The search has begun for the new leader of Norfolk’s biggest business lobbying organisation, after Caroline Williams announced she is to step down from the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce.

File photo dated 17/2/2016 of EU and UK flags fly above the EU Commission offices in Westminster, London, as most people feel neither side of the EU referendum debate has spelled out the financial benefits to households of their arguments clearly enough, a survey has found. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday April 25, 2016. Nearly three-quarters (73%) of people surveyed for website agreed that neither side has

Support for remaining in the EU has fallen among business leaders, dropping from 60pc to 54.1pc, according to a survey from the British Chambers of Commerce.

Minnie Moll of the East of England Co-op.

More than 220,000 members of the East of England Co-operative Society will share in a £3million dividend payout this year.

Rob Burnett, chief executive of Bernard Matthews, at Great Witchingham Hall. Picture submitted

Bernard Matthews has insisted it is “business as usual” despite national newspaper reports of concern over its finances.

Steve Stone (right) with David McNally and Alan Bowkett in 2015, at the announcement of Norwich City's accounts for the 2014-15 financial year. 

Steve Stone is set to operate as interim chief executive at Norwich City following the resignation of David McNally – but who is the man initially taking charge at Carrow Road?

CHC ( foreground ) and Bond helicopter at Norwich Airport. Photo : Steve Adams

A move by helicopter service provider CHC Group to file for bankruptcy protection in the US will have no impact on its Norfolk base, the company has said.

Colchester Print Group

An employee-owned commercial print business which had been trading in Norfolk for 40 years has closed, leading to the loss of 35 jobs.

Gavin Patterson,  BT chief executive.

Business leaders have cautiously welcomed BT’s announcement it is to invest £6bn in faster mobile and broadband services over the next three years, as it seeks to stave off a forced split from its network arm.

Picture: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire

The UK high street has suffered its worst month since 2008 as poor weather combined with economic uncertainty ensured shoppers kept a tight grip on their wallets.

L-R - Calum Paterson, Simon Dale and Robbie Wincup.

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

The Norwich phone box in Tombland which could so be converted into a miniature office for travelling businessmen. 

In a telephone-box transformation worthy of Superman himself, one of Tombland’s red phone booths is to become Norwich’s newest shared office.

The Premier League has sold its domestic television rights for a staggering £5.136billion across just three years. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Norwich City writer David Freezer looks at the financial implications for the Canaries if they can’t avoid relegation

New website and SEO company opens in Norwich. Left to right, property landlord Steve Barker, Omni MD Graham Tester and Omni social media manager Raf Turnbull. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

A husband-and-wife team who gave up their jobs to launch an online marketing agency have expanded into their own office, and signed up a major client.

I Robot

Starring Will Smith

Artificial intelligence (AI) may seem the preserve of Hollywood films starring Will Smith, in a nightmarish fantasy world where robots have taken control.

Mirus, based in Hingham, is making 60,000 aircraft seats for Air Asia. The seats will use formula one technology. The Cheif Executive of Mirus is Phil Hall.

A pioneering aircraft seat manufacturer has secured a $100m contract with Air Asia to kick-start production of its Formula 1-inspired seats.

Karttrack Cromer owner Robert Marshall who's looking to expand. 


A go-karting business in Cromer is on track to success after it unveiled plans to expand this week.

CVS in Diss. Chief executive is Simon Innes.

Veterinary giant CVS Group is eyeing expansion into Europe as it builds on the most acquisitive year in its history.

The Co-operative shop on Plumstead Road, Norwich.

Co-op food stores in Watton, Wisbech and Norwich’s Plumstead Road are among 36 which will be sold off by the Co-operative Group as it sharpens its focus on convenience shopping.

Morgan Self.

A management consultancy firm which has added a string of high-level appointments to its hit squad of experts is eyeing up a Norwich move.

Members of the East Anglian Daily Times and Eastern Daily Press business and agriculture  teams who will be contributiing to the EADT's new-look business coverage. From left, Duncan Brodie, Sarah Chambers, Shaun Lowthorpe, Chris Hill, Sabah Meddings, Mark Shields and David Viincent.

Business is changing for the better - Businesses in Norfolk are at the heart of a region which is setting the pace for growth across the country.

Official opening of the newly refurbished Hoseasons reception area by local MP Peter Aldous.Martin Murkett, Simon Altham, Rebecca Harris and Peter Aldous.

PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Many fast-growing, successful firms with booming digital operations might have been forgiven for leaving their old offices behind for premises in bigger cities.

Stephen Fenby, MD of Midwich at Diss, distributers for audio visual products. Picture: Denise Bradley

Audio-visual specialists Midwich Group, based in Diss, is expecting to raise £75.2m by floating on AIM.

Sweet Briar Park.

Shoppers today look set for a new retail and trade park, with work under way on the first store which will open at the 25-acre site.

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