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Plumstead resident Julie Brown outside the village's new defibrillator base with (from left): Plumstead 2000 chairman David Ramsbotham, East of England Ambulance Service community partnership manager Andrew Barlow and David Draper of Shocking Now! Picture: Karen Bethell

An urgent call is today being made to stop hundreds of public telephones – many of them the classic red box – disappearing from the region’s towns and villages.

British Sugar's glasshouse at Wissington will begin growing the active ingredient for a new epilepsy drug in early 2017. Photo: British Sugar

British Sugar will start growing the active ingredient for a new epilepsy drug at their Wissington glasshouse from early 2017.

Apprentice sailmakers at Jeckells. From left, Mark Mwebe, David Youngs, and Chris Carter. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Traditional industries are being put on stable footing by apprenticeships which tackle skills shortages and feed younger generations into the workforce.

Aerial view of Norwich Airport, Oct 2015. Picture: Mike Page

A third runway will be built at Heathrow, the government confirmed this morning - but what does it mean for passengers and businesses in the east?

Shopping in Royal Arcade, Norwich.

Occupancy of Norwich city centre shops has rocketed over the last six years as its shopping scene continues to thrive.

Business feature with Norwich based technology firm Proxama.
Employee Chris Smith.

Software developed and tested on Norwich streets could soon be making its way to cities like Paris and New York.

Adam Ronaldson, of Saffron Housing Trust, who has now resigned.

Two senior executives have resigned their post from Saffron Housing Trust, just weeks after the association was criticised by a watchdog for poor governance.

Sync the City 2015.  Picture: ANTONY KELLY

A tech challenge is aiming to bring together people with ideas and those with the skills to make them a reality as they attempt to build problem-solving software in just a weekend.

File photo dated 08/05/13 of a wind turbine. Photo credit should read: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Residents have had a first look at plans to build a second substation in their Norfolk village to service a new offshore wind farm.

Formal groundbreaking ceremony using a six handle shovel at the Outer Harbour in Great Yarmouth. Construction at Peel Ports Great Yarmouth has begun to enhance port infrastructure, as part of works for the offshore Galloper and East Anglia One wind farms.

Great Yarmouth has established itself as the “port of choice” for offshore wind construction in East Anglia, industry leaders were told at a groundbreaking ceremony to signal the start of work on a multi-million-pound upgrade.

EEEGR's House of Commons reception. From left to right: Eric Marston, Oil & Gas Authority area manager for the SNS, Jonathan Cole, managing director of Iberdrola Renewables Offshore, Peter Aldous, Waveney MP, Brandon Lewis, Great Yarmouth MP, Simon Gray, chief executive of the East of England Energy Group (EEEGR), Baroness Neville-Rolfe, minister of state for energy and intellectual property, and Paul Spence, director of strategy and corporate affairs at EDF.

A “considerable prize remains at stake”, energy industry leaders were told at a House of Commons reception.

Adnams Bitter pairs well with roast meats.

The finance boss of East Anglian brewer Adnams has urged MPs to consider if “over-generous” pension promises which could bring companies to their knees could be watered down or reversed.

Bernard Matthews lorry outside Great Witchingham Hall.

The sale of Bernard Matthews to the owner of the 2 Sisters Food Group is to be probed by the Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA).

Broccoli. Photo credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Twenty-eight jobs have been lost at a Fenland farming business which had struggled through two poor growing seasons.

Paul Adcock has offered to buy Bennetts Electrical in Dereham from Philip and Jennifer Morter. Picture: Ian Burt

A landmark shop which has been a feature of its town for 60 years is being given a new lease of life after being bought by a former friendly rival.

JobCentreplus. Picture: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Unemployment has increased even though the number of people in work is at record levels, new figures have shown.

UEA Science

Over the centuries, East Anglia has produced its share of agricultural pioneers in the field.

Jarrolds in Norwich. Photo : Steve Adams

One of Norfolk’s best-known retail names says it is building for the future after a successful first foray into housing development.

Barclays Eagle Labs at Whitespace. Left, lab manager Sarah Mitchell and Barclays relationship director Laura Davies.

Start-ups, small tech firms and independent creators will soon be able to get their hands on cutting edge technology when a makerspace opens.

Norwich Market.

Nearly a quarter of all jobs in Norwich now rely on the city’s multimillion-pound tourism economy, which shot up by £27m last year.

PricewaterhouseCoopers' Stephen Hart.

Despite an initial blip after the EU referendum result, merger and acquisition (M&A) activity has increased in the region, according to a leading firm of business advisers.

American bar and grill Grand Central is the first restaurant to announce its tenancy at the Riverside development in Thetford. Pictured: company founders Jo and Steve Haslam (far left and far right) with Breckland Council chairman Bill Borrett and Phil Cowen, Breckland executive member for growth and commercialisation.

A taste of the States will be coming to a new town centre development as the first of its five restaurant tenants is announced.

The Lord Lieutenant, Richard Jewson, speaks to chemistry students making nylon in the labs at INTO UEA, during his visit to present the Queen's Enterprise Award. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

A joint venture which underscores this region’s growing knowledge economy has been told it is forging a path for similar initiatives.

Cromer Railway Station.  Photo: STEVE ADAMS

Concerns have been raised that coastal towns could miss out on promised improvements to rail services if a new station is built on the edge of Norwich.

Students on Cromer seafront in the 1960s. Picture: POPPYLAND PUBLISHING

One was the era of evacuees, ration books and GI brides the other a time of teenage rebellion, “peace and love” and Beatlemania.

Egmere Business Park. Picture: Ian Burt

A renewable energy company is looking to set up a base in a new business park which is being established by a council to bring skilled jobs to north Norfolk.

Rowan Gormley of Majestic Wine

Norwich-based Naked Wines has announced it is to put prices up because of unfavourable exchange rates, just a day after Unilever and Tesco settled their pricing row.

Birketts Employment Law Conference 2016 at Rowley Mile Racecourse, Newmarket.

How businesses can protect themselves in the “war for skills” in East Anglia was one of the topics covered at an employment law summit.

Andrew Gibbs says he was let down by a Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) business turnaround unit called GRG. 
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A Norfolk architect behind the regeneration of one of Norwich’s most rundown districts today describes how he fought back from the brink after he said one of his businesses was ruined by a battle with his bank

File photo dated 03/02/11 of someone spreading Marmite, as Unilever, one of the world's largest consumer goods manufacturers, is believed to have demanded a 10% price rise due to the falling value of sterling, halting deliveries to Tesco when it refused. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

The pricing row between Tesco and Unilever is likely to be just the first skirmish in a lengthy battle played out across the retail industry, an expert from the University of East Anglia has warned.

The ‘chaos’ around Brexit has been blamed for Colman’s Mustard not being available to buy at Tesco.

Busseys at Whiffler Road. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

A motor sales company is aiming to invest in sites across the county as well as in commercial property after increasing its pre-tax profits by 21%.

Bernard Matthews lorry outside Great Witchingham Hall.

The companies involved in the recent sale of turkey producer Bernard Matthews could appear before MPs probing whether the current rules around the pensions safety net work.

David Thompson, chief executive of Anglia Maltings.

East Anglia’s biggest private maltster has posted record profits and pledged to continue investing as it looks to grow its business around the world.

Richard Goffin, the director of Peel Ports Great Yarmouth. Picture: James Bass

The director of one of East Anglia’s major ports has urged the region’s energy sector to grasp “the opportunity of a lifetime” and capitalise on offshore wind developments that could secure jobs for this generation and the next.

Evoke Systems. From left, Craig Howard, Mike Peters, Melissa Mitchell and Elliot White.

From reducing pilots’ paperwork and plane fuel consumption to creating training efficiencies a tech firm has been flying high with some of the biggest name sin the business – now it has signed a deal with budget airline Ryanair.

Feature on Southwold Harbour and Cafe.
Owner John Buckley

PHOTO: Nick Butcher

When money is tight, you might think repairing a boat or a yacht is the last thing people would spend their hard-earned cash on.

The original creators of Deepdale Backpackers & Camping are back at the helm for the first time in seven years. Pictured are Jason Borthwick and (R) Chris Haycock. Picture: Ian Burt

The owner of a backpacker hostel and campsite which was once listed among the best in the country has returned to the helm as he leads a charge to see it become “world class”.

Last year's Holt Christmas Light's switch started with a procession of lanterns through the town centre ending with the light's being turned on by a single firework. 


Christmas is set to come early in Holt this year.

The Pheasant Hotel at Kelling. Pictured are (from left) manager Hayley Robertson, Amanda Pells, Inga Indruleniene, Valius Kriksciunas and Phoebe Purslow. Picture: Ian Burt

A bar in north Norfolk is proving to be a star attraction after new owners completed a major refurbishment.

Bernard Matthews lorry outside Great Witchingham Hall.

An East Anglian MP will discuss the fate of Bernard Matthews when he meets with the head of an inquiry into pension rules today.

Pure director Lynn Walters.

There was a focus on how to get the best from employees while keeping them happy as employer practices were examined at a conference of the region’s business community.

Bernard Matthews logo.

More than 900 companies have been told there will be no money to settle unpaid bills totalling £23m in the wake of the financial downfall of Bernard Matthews.

Staff and shop owners at Hellesdon Barns are happy that the road they're on is re-opening soon. Left to right, George Cassidy, Pippa Jarratt, Maria Rogers, Tina Self, Magnolia Assis-Millbank and Paul Millbank. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Beleaguered traders are today hopeful that business will soon be booming again after the last few months were ruined by major roadworks.

A Post Office sign.  Picture: Lewis Stickley/PA Wire

The new branch will open at Londis in Anna Gurney Close on Friday, November 11.

The new owners of Aylsham Cycles, husand and wife team Mike and Alison Brown, with previous owner Trisha Christianson (centre). Picture: ALLY McGILVRAY

An amateur cyclist took his bike in for repair – and ended up buying the shop.

Conan Busby of Stansted Airport speaking at the LinksEast exports dinner. Picture: Jason Bye:

East Anglian food and drink producers have been urged to tap into the vast export potential of fast-growing Chinese markets.

Chief Executive Officer Aviva UK and Ireland Life Andy Briggs.

The insurance giant has been slapped with an £8.2m fine for failing to meet financial rules when outsourcing administration of customers’ assets.

Aviva has been slapped with a £8.2m fine by the Financial COnduct Authority. Picture: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Aviva has been slapped with an £8.2m fine for failings linked to the protection of client assets.

Kia Cammaerts, front, technical director, by the simulator and screen at Ansible Motion at the Hethel Engineering Centre, and Ian Haigh, senior engineer, in the control room, where they are working on developing a simulator to help manufacturers prevent motion sickness for passengers in driverless vehicles. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

A simulation firm is looking to put itself in the driving seat as the automotive industry aims to steer its way towards driverless vehicles.

The official opening of Big Andy's Gym in Dereham owned by Andy Clarke. Picture: Ian Burt

If you want to compete in the world’s strongest man competition, then ‘Big’ Andy Clarke thinks he can help.

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

Hoteliers and proprietors are being urged to capitalise on flash sale websites which have upped occupancy by up to a third for hotels in the region and generated out of season spending in the wider tourism industry.

Caroline Williams, chief executive of Norfolk Chamber of Commerce.   Picture: ANTONY KELLY

As it celebrates steering the county’s business community through 120 years of change and progress, the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce is looking ahead to the modern challenges of the future.

Proxama chief executive John Kennedy.

A tech firm has cut its losses thanks to reducing running costs and deals with global brands as it eyes an expanding sector.

Barry Meadows, the secretary of Friends of North Lodge Park. Picture: ALLY MCGILVRAY

The Friends of North Lodge Park in Cromer have reiterated their objection to North Norfolk District Council’s plans to build a 48-space car park on the site of the former tennis courts.

A wind farm off the coast of East Anglia.

The developer of one of Norfolk’s largest wind farms has called on businesses to get in early and register their interest in forming part of the project’s multi-million pound supply chain.

City College course leader Claire Read, centre, with Paul McCarthy, general manager of intu Chapelfield, and students from the college's fashion communications course.

The view that shop jobs are a stop-gap must be overturned, a sector leader has said, as a national campaign to promote careers in retail kicks off.

Roys of Wroxham

One of Norfolk’s best-known family brand names is keeping an eye out for expansion opportunities and investing in technology as it continues to perform well.

Richard Henson of Woodfordes chats about the beers at the Local Flavours event at the Norfolk Showground. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Food and drink producers from across the region queued up to give businesses a taste of what they can offer at one of the largest trade shows of its kind in the area.

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