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A £9.2m business rate relief fund for East Anglia’s hardest hit companies will not provide a long-term solution to the impact of rates rises, a campaigner has claimed.

England should look to a more European model of housebuilding and give control to homeowners themselves.

Thirty jobs have been saved after a caravan park group, which operates sites in Norfolk and Suffolk, was bought out of administration.

It might be an up and down business but a trampoline park is taking a leap forward by expanding its facilities less than a year after opening.

The closure of a Norwich call centre with the loss of 180 jobs would be a blow to the surrounding community, said the landlord of a pub nearby.

A construction firm which works with blue chip housebuilders has invested £1m to relocate closer to Norwich as it aims to grow.

People have just a week left to spend or bank the 155 million paper Bank of England fivers still in circulation before they lose their legal tender status.

A Norwich telecoms firm has been bought out of liquidation by an acquisitive communications brand following an appeal for help on Twitter.

Taylor Wimpey is to set aside £130m as part of plans to help customers trapped in onerous leasehold contracts drawn up by the national housebuilder.

A downward trend in the number of hours worked by retail staff has continued for a year, figures have revealed.

From investigating a hole which swallowed a bus to supporting developments for the London 2012 Olympics, geological consultancy firm Harrison Group Environmental has seen some interesting days in the office.

At least 180 workers in Norwich have been told their jobs are at risk, as insurance giant Swinton revealed plans to close a major call centre and dozens of branches.

An incentive to remove older diesel vehicles from the road could bolster the car industry, say East Anglian industry experts – but bad publicity is already hitting sales.

A film examining how design and technology can change existing industries will be screened for free at a Norwich event.

A theme park has had a roller-coaster ride after posting losses despite a growth in turnover, as the business aims to reduce its costs.

The release of results in a regional tourism survey has raised questions about government’s commitment to supporting to the sector.

From the tranquil Broads to the coastal hotspots of Southwold and Cromer, the value of the tourism industry in East Anglia has topped £10bn for the first time this year. But business leaders believe the winds of change may be blowing in.

The departing chief executive of Norfolk Chamber of Commerce has reflected upon some of the biggest lessons she has learned in her 17 years leading the county’s biggest business organisation.

The outgoing boss of Norfolk’s biggest business lobbying group said she was leaving an “innovative and dynamic” organisation in good shape, as her successor was revealed.

A Norfolk data centre has become one of two sites in the UK to offer an ultra-fast commercial IT network.

A sports equipment manufacturer has bought a firm which has made products used at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, formerly the Millennium Stadium, Wembley Stadium and the Stade de France in Paris.

A well-known face in Norfolk’s business community is poised to retire from a regional law firm, as he takes up a historic role.

The new manager of one of Norwich’s major shopping centres has said he is looking forward to the challenge after returning to the business.

Norfolk’s biggest business lobbying organisation has named its new chief executive.

Do you fancy a brew? If so, Suffolk-based Adnams has just the answer after bringing together the best of two British staples – beer and tea.

A new educational federation should focus on training more young workers to support growing sectors in the east while providing educational opportunities for disadvantaged students, one of its main supporters has said.

Fresh concerns have been raised by small businesses about the movement of labour from the EU after Brexit.

The New York city skyline is on the walls, American football is played on a huge television and there are booths to sit and eat your rack of ribs.

Doubts have been cast over the future of two key routes from Norwich airport, after they were omitted from an airline’s winter schedule.

An independent builders merchants based in Acle is under new ownership after a management buyout.

An HR recruitment and consultancy firm is extending a series of workshops about the apprenticeship levy due to popular demand.

Proposals for a cap on energy prices are a warning to suppliers, an expert has said, but could reduce competition in the sector.

A family owned design and manufacturing business is aiming to grow its workforce after funding from two lenders help it secure a new contract.

Innovative and ambitious firms in the East of England have been given the royal seal of approval to secure national business awards.

House sellers’ average asking prices hit a record high of more than £313,000 in April, according to property website Rightmove.

The only way to find the cheapest rail ticket is to throw all logic out of the window.

Diversification and investment have been behind the growth of haulage, vehicle hire and property rental group.

A city-centre branch of Lloyds Bank which has been closed since Easter will reopen on Monday.

Retail sales have recorded their biggest fall for seven years in the three months to March as rising living costs ate into household spending.

The average motor insurance premium has increased by 8% over the last year, adding an extra £34 to the annual cost of cover, according to the Association of British Insurers (ABI).

Innovative and ambitious firms in the East of England have been given the royal seal of approval to secure national business awards.

Prospective self-builders can explore their options and get expert advice at a self-build showcase next week.

The difficult economic climate and changes caused by the internet have posed a huge challenges for all businesses over the past decade - and none more so than retailers on the British high street.

The region’s investors tend to buy shares in well-known brands rather than looking at a company’s performance, a study found.

Infrastructure improvements will play a vital role in securing a £23.2bn boost to the East of England’s economy, a business organisation has claimed.

It is a business’s people, not its technology, which are most likely to be compromised by cybercrime.

Colman’s Mustard owner Unilever has reported a jump in first quarter revenues, helped in part by price hikes in countries including the UK.

East of England facilities management group Vertas has agreed a new partnership to provide catering at 12 schools in and around Norwich.

A landmark department store in Great Yarmouth is gearing up to celebrate its 180th anniversary with a major competition.

A historic Lowestoft building has been given a new lease of life with a tea room, pie parlour and gin bar split over three floors.

The new boss of department store chain Debenhams has unveiled plans to close 11 warehouses and put up to 10 stores under review, in a move impacting at least 220 jobs.

The biggest broadband providers are failing on customer service, speed and reliability, with TalkTalk and BT at the bottom of the pile, a survey has found.

The name of a Royal Warrant-holding construction company will live on after a prominent businessman bought parts of the firm following its administration.

Independent chartered accountants and business advisers Whiting & Partners has expanded further with its second merger in six months.

A new educational federation should focus on training more young workers to support growing sectors in the east while providing educational opportunities for disadvantaged students, one of its main supporters has said.

A fast-growing Suffolk business has received backing from a private equity firm as it aims to continue expansion in the holiday lodges market.

How do you rescue a company from the brink of collapse? The managers at Lintott Control Systems certainly have a winning formula – and now have two EDP Business Awards to prove it. Managing director David Owen spoke to BETHANY WHYMARK about his secrets for success.

Jobs have been put at risk at three fast-food franchises after the companies behind them went into administration.

The former owners of Bernard Matthews have hit back at suggestions they profited at the expense of pensioners, claiming that reluctant customers scuppered a better deal to save the turkey producer.

Suffolk-based cleanroom and healthcare consumables manufacturer Nitritex has been acquired by the Australian group Ansell in a deal valued at £57m.

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Dr Belinda Clarke wants to be a “catalyst” to turn science and technology innovations into useful tools for the food and farming industries. She told CHRIS HILL how this drove her leadership of Agri-Tech East, winner of an EDP Business Award.

Simon Innes had more than 15 years of retail management experience when he joined CVS Group in 2004 and has since steered the company
to national success and an EDP Business Award. He told BETHANY WHYMARK about the company’s growing dominance in the animal care sector.

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