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Bernard Matthews lorry outside Great Witchingham Hall.

Negotiations have begun over the transfer of Bernard Matthews’ pension scheme to the government-backed safety net, as the turkey giant’s new owners claimed they had made an offer to take on the liability.

Talking Technology 2016 at The Space. Alex Tosh from Creative Sponge giving an ecommerce workshop.

The transformative powers and pitfalls of technology were put centre-stage at a conference exploring the digital future for business.

Bernard Matthews lorry outside Great Witchingham Hall.

Smaller creditors could be left battling to survive because of the domino effect of the deal the save Bernard Matthews, industry experts have warned.

HRH The Princess Royal visits Scottow Enterprise Park and businesses which have made the ex-RAF base their home.

The transformation of a former Battle of Britain fighter station into a booming business hub received the royal seal of approval with a visit from Princess Anne.

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

Unions have given a “cautious welcome” to the long-awaited sale of Bernard Matthews to the owner of the 2 Sisters Food Group.

EEEGR award winners 2016. Left to right (back): Neil Clarkson (Windcat Workboats), Matt Wooltorton and Paul Thomson (Sembmarine SLP), Simon Gray (EEEGR), John Best (Best Proactive), Graeme Cook (Geeforce), Martin Myhill Sisley (James Fisher Marine), Alan Wagner (Lowestoft College), Les Holden (Great Yarmouth College), Mark Riemers (SPT Offshore - suction bucket technology Dudgeon project), Richie Mason (ALE Heavylift, Dudgeon project), Neil Manning 3D at Depth. Pictures: AMEY EVENTS

Leading firms and workers in East Anglia’s energy sector have been honoured for playing their part in a “year of great change” in their industry.

Bernard Matthews lorry outside Great Witchingham Hall.

A new era has begun for Bernard Matthews after a deal was struck to sell Europe’s largest turkey producer to the Boparan Private Office, owned by 2 Sisters entrepreneur Ranjit Boparan. Here we chart the Norfolk-based firm’s history since it was founded in the 1950s.

HRH The Princess Royal visits Signpost Gunton (Gunton Baptist church)

Princess Anne will visit Norfolk tomorrow to mark a significant point in the transition of the former RAF base into an enterprise park.

Bernard Matthews at Great Witchingham Hall.  Picture: Keiron Tovell .

The chair of parliament’s work and pensions committee has hit out at a potential deal for Bernard Matthews which would see the turkey producer’s pension scheme transferred to the government’s safety net.

Bernard Matthews at Great Witchingham Hall.  Picture: Keiron Tovell .

Union leaders are seeking an urgent meeting with bosses at Bernard Matthews as it emerged a second buyer may be in the running for the troubled turkey producer.

Carl Lamb, managing director of Almary Green

A Norwich-based firm of financial advisers has announced that takeover talks with Standard Life-owned 1825 have broken down.

Staff at the Boots Branch in Cromer which has won the Best of the Best store of the year award for Eastern England. Picture: ANDREAS YIASIMI

Staff at Boots in Cromer were wearing bright smiles as they celebrated being named the Best of the Best Store of the Year for Eastern England.

Chris Starkie, New Anglia LEP managing director, Sally Ann Forsyth, chief executive of Norwich Research Park, and Tig Armstrong, Norfolk County Council's infrastructure and economic growth manager, at the MIPIM business breakfast at Norwich Research Park.

Norfolk is feeding, powering and connecting the world – and that is why investors should take notice of it.

Hoseasons managing director Simon Altham pictured with workers. Picture RYAN MASON

Coastal businesses have a social responsibility to help the community by providing apprenticeship opportunities for young people in their town, a leading employer in the area has said.

Bernard Matthews pictured at Great Witchingham Hall.
 Picture: Keiron Tovell

Unions have sought discussions with management about the fate of the firm, after reports emerged that a sale to the 2 Sisters Food Group is imminent.

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

Smaller suppliers are likely to bear the brunt if the sale of Bernard Matthews can only be completed through a pre-pack administration deal, an insolvency expert has warned.

Stephen Fenby, Managing Director of Midwich in Diss.

Flotation on the AIM market will give audio-visual distributor Midwich the firepower to continue its global growth strategy, according to its managing director.

Toby Rush with hens from Rymer Farm. Picture: SUPPLIED.

For many small food producers, the world of marketing and branding can sometimes seem to be shrouded in mystery. But a new project at the University of East Anglia is seeking to change that - and it’s doing it for free. MARK SHIELDS reports.

Unemployment rates have continued to fall in the East of England. Picture: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Britain’s employment picture remained bright over the period including the first month after the Brexit vote, with unemployment continuing to fall and a record number of people in work.

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

Unions have called for answers after reports that turkey giant Bernard Matthews could be preparing to transfer the company’s pension liability to the Pension Protection Fund.

Primark. Picture: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Primark owner Associated British Foods (ABF) has said that full-year sales at the retail chain have taken a hit from unseasonable weather, adding that currency movements following Britain’s decision to quit the European Union will have both positive and negative repercussions for the group.

The Esvagt Njord, which will transport maintenance crew to the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm.

East Anglia’s position in the vanguard of renewable energy has been underlined by the opening of an operations centre which will manage wind farms off the Norfolk coast – and further afield.

Elizabeth Truss MP opens a new manufacturing facility at Crendon Timber Engineering Ltd in East Harling. Ms Truss with Crendon regional manager Tim Wilson, Crendon and managing director Alex Mcleod.

A timber engineering firm in East Harling is hoping to almost double its annual turnover after the completion of a £1.2m manufacturing facility.

Fuel Studios in Norwich.

A £3m investment in a disused Norwich office building has transformed it into what developers hope will be the city newest tech and creative hub.

Greene King. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Pub company Greene King has said consumer confidence took a hit after the Brexit vote and warned spending could slow in the months ahead.

Bespak in King's Lynn.

Tapping into the popularity of vaping and the US pharmaceutical market will secure hundreds of jobs in the region, according to the boss of a Norfolk-based drug apparatus manufacturer.

Stephen Fenby, Managing Director of Midwich in Diss.

A specialist audio visual distributor has moved into the broadcast and video market with two acquisitions.

Spirit of Enterprise 2015 winners

Thriving businesses have one month left to step into the spotlight by entering the Spirit of Enterprise Awards 2016, the most prestigious annual celebration of business excellence in the Great Yarmouth borough.

B2B Cashflow Solutions. Directors, left to right, Nick Flower, Ian Hart and Simon Reynolds. 

A growing willingness from companies to embrace alternative banking has helped a business brokerage to flourish in the niche it carved out during the recession.

Netmatters. Chris and James Gulliver. 

In an age of cloud computing, a growing web design firm has used a Future50 grant to invest in the bricks and mortar – and silicon – to look after customers when disaster strikes.

Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

A decision to close an HSBC bank branch in North Walsham has been described as a “real blow” by the town’s MP.

Norfolk Bluebell Wood Burial Park based in Hainford won Best Non-Agricultural Stand at the Aylsham Show. Picture: ANGLIA FARMERS

It provided a sunny showcase for rural businesses with a bumper crowd attending the Aylsham Show.

Norwich Castle.

It’s a landscape known for its big skies and broads, its history and heritage – but a new campaign is now seeking to rebrand Norwich and Norfolk as a destination for international investors.

Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Another Norfolk town is to lose a bank branch following a wave of recent closures.

From left, Kettle Chips managing director Ashley Hicks with MetcalfesSskinny Ltd co-owners Julian Metcalfe and Robert Jakobi. Picture: SUPPLIED.

The owner of Kettle Chips has completed the acquisition of a popcorn brand as it anticipates customers’ growing appetite for lighter snacks.

Louise Jury, director of communications and strategy at the Creative Industries Federation at the Norwich EU Response event at NUA?
Photo Simon Finlay

Amid talks of trade deals and tariffs the region’s creative businesses are concerned the sector could be the first to be hit and left out of negotiations.

Graham Hacon of 3sun.

A new specialist group is to be set up to encourage businesses to make the most of opportunities presented by multi-billion pound offshore wind developments.

Steve Muncey, East Anglia chairman of KPMG, will head up the firm's new Norwich office.

One of accountancy’s Big Four firms has returned to establish a foothold in Norfolk, in a play for what it sees as the region’s huge economic potential.

Extremis Technology has signed a deal with The Green Brick Project to make the Indian firm their licensee in India.

Religious devotion is an unusual sales driver – but it is one a Future50 member is hoping can help it succeed in India.

The Malaviya Twenty in Yarmouth. Photo: Anne Edwards

An offshore supply ship has been detained in Great Yarmouth after failing an international regulations inspection.

Trevor Price, partner at LSI Architects, with new starters Lucy Furniss and James Potter. Picture: SUPPLIED.

A Norwich-based firm of architects has announced new jobs as it expands staff numbers for the third year in a row – despite seeing projects scrapped in the wake of Brexit.

Solar panels on the roof of Intu Chapelfield shopping centre. General manager Paul McCarthy.

A retail complex is hoping the sun will shine on its green ambitions after completing a £190,000 project to mount solar panels on its roof.

Caister Holiday Park general manager Gareth Brown.

Buoyant holiday firms claim the Brexit vote has triggered “phenomenal” bookings and bolstered confidence in future investment.

Norwich buiness Interpac are involved an a battle with BT for fibre broadband.
Business owner Matthew Jude.

PHOTO: Nick Butcher

A growing pick-and-pack business is calling for fibre optic broadband to be hooked up to an industrial estate as it says slow speeds are holding it back.

Charles and Ruth Simpson aim to produce their Naked Wines-funded English sparkling wine by 2018. Picture: SUPPLIED.

Norwich-based Naked Wines has launched a funding round to raise £112,000 for an English sparkling wine – and will let drinkers choose the name.

Arthur Woodhouse, from Sprowston in Norwich.

A recruitment firm specialising in the oil and gas industry has moved into East Anglia, as it looks to place itself at the heart of the sector.

Diss company Glazing Vision produces bespoke rooflights. Managing director Jon Shooter.

The future goals are clear for a glazing manufacturing firm – double turnover to £20m and increase international sales.

Liftshare celebrating its 18th birthday. Founder Ali Clabburn (centre) with staff.

Picture: James Bass

A pioneer of the sharing economy is looking to branch out as it hopes to help tackle rural isolation while expanding its customer base.

Mosaic Spa and Health Clubs is based in Hethersett. Co-founder Dave Courteen.

From running a single spa to opening its own fitness centre and managing facilities at a luxury London hotel, it has been a busy few years for Mosaic Spa and Health Clubs.

Dardan Security and its managing director Philip Anthony have outlined expansion plans. Picture: SUPPLIED.

A company restructure and shift in focus to blue-chip contracts has fuelled belief at Dardan Security that the firm can become East Anglia’s first national security company.

Joe Greenwell CBE, Karen Jones CBE and Prof David Richardson of the UEA.

The serial entrepreneur charged with sharpening the University of East Anglia’s focus on business says she is determined to kindle a “culture of entrepreneurship” from which every student can benefit.

North Walsham Town Council offices.

Pub giant JD Wetherspoon has taken a step closer to opening in North Walsham, paving the way for a £1.6m investment and dozens of new jobs.

Emma Hibbert, marketing director at Adnams speaks at the EDP Business Branding Masterclass. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Business leaders were given expert insight into how they could improve the effectiveness of their brands at the first of a series of specialist seminars organised by EDP Business.

Hughes' Lowestoft branch. Picture: NICK BUTCHER.

Electrical retailer Hughes has sounded a warning over the impact of Brexit on consumers’ shopping habits as it posted improved profits for the last financial year.

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


The BHS store in Norwich will shut its doors for the final time on Sunday.

Zest Car Rental is the new name for Economy Car Hire, based in Dereham. Picture: SUPPLIED.

The UK’s biggest independent car hire broker is looking to extend its overseas reach after completing a rebrand.

Forest Heath District Council has bought Toggam Farm solar farm, in Lakenheath.

At a time when councils face cutback after cutback, one Suffolk authority has decided to spend £14.5m on a solar farm.

The team at Birketts, which has become an affiliate member of the British Franchising Association.

Regional law firm Birketts has announced it has become an affiliate member of the British Franchise Association (BFA).

File photo dated 06/12/11 of a lady carrying shopping bags as UK retail sales have rebounded from their June slump, providing some assurance that Brexit is not deterring shoppers from splashing out. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday August 18, 2016. According to the Office for National Statistics, sales grew by 1.4% in July, much better than expectations for a 0.1% rise. See PA story CITY RetailSales. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

UK retail sales have rebounded from their June slump, providing some assurance that Brexit is not deterring shoppers from splashing out.


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