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Alan Pain, regional director for UK Trade and Investment in East of England. Picture: submitted

A lack of awareness and confidence about overseas exporting opportunities is holding back some food and drink small- and medium- sized enterprises (SMEs) in East Anglia, according to a senior trading expert in the region.

A new Dunelm store opens in Lowestoft.

Shoppers queued from 5.30am to be the very first through the doors of a Lowestoft store.

Simon Orange founder and chairman of CorpAcq. Picture submitted

An investment group has tightened its grip on the fork lift truck industry by snapping up a firm in Norfolk.

Norwich based Proxama, chief executive Neil Garner .Photo: Steve Adams

A Norwich technology firm is on the hunt for a new boss after its founder and chief executive announced his decision to step aside.

Britvic Orange: Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Robinsons owner Britvic served up sparkling results after recording a significant surge in profits.

Michael Casanova, HR and recruitment manager at Epos Now, which has posted 37 vacancies in a recent recruitment drive. Picture: submitted

A software company with international clients and offices across the country is investing in Norfolk’s talent by becoming a major new recruiter in the region.

Beeston Group has bought the Mundesley Holiday village from Richardson's late last year and is in the process of refurbishing them before they go on sale, pictured is Timothy Hay with Louise Laughland, the interior designer for the site.


The first £250,000 phase of redevelopment at Mundesley Holiday Village has been completed with former chalets being transformed into luxurious holiday homes for sale.

Chatteris factory

A Fenland manufacturer has won a “landmark” contract worth up to £47m to fabricate waste storage containers as it sets its sights on becoming a nuclear industry market leader.

Peter Edwards, founder of ASAP Supplies, was presented with a lifetime's achievement award at the London Boat Show.

Marine company ASAP Supplies is proud to be a green flagbearer - from the products it sells to its headquarters in Beccles.

Figures for the region show the construction industry is bouncing back but will need to recruit more to keep up with demand. Picture submitted

Construction leaders in East Anglia have said home building and major infrastructure projects are back underway post-recession with the sector set to grow again this year - so long as resources and recruitment can meet demand.

Mark Gorton of Traditional Norfolk Poultry where they have a new breed of chicken, the Norfolk Black Chicken. Photograph Simon Parker

Healthier chicks and lower energy bills are some of the benefits one Norfolk poultry company has found in switching from gas to biomass heating - begging the question as to when the technology will be more widely implemented.

Jacanda Handicrafts, Norwich Market. Annie Woodman.

Norwich market could play a role as an incubator for fledgling start-ups wanting try a business idea without risking huge overheads, young entrepreneurs and business advisors have said.

Rodtech at Hingham, running a training school for chimney sweeps based on their modern motorised brush and rod system. Tony Russell, sales director, with a variation in sizes of the modern brushes. Picture: Denise Bradley

A family of chimney sweeps which turned their hand to enterprise with their own sweeping product are expanding sales into new European countries and consolidating existing links on the continent.

Technical facilities at Treatt's headquarters in Bury St Edmunds.

Flavour and fragrance ingredients group Treatt today posted increased first half sales and profits as it continued to trade in line with expectations.

Chris Mole, chief executive of the Eastern Savings & Loans credit union.

Up to 150 people in Norfolk and Suffolk who have current accounts with the Eastern Savings & Loans credit union have been told they will have to look elsewhere and find an alternative provider.

The Cefas marine science site in Pakefield.

Picture: James Bass

A former Navy commander who has led British forces across the world has been named as the new chief executive of the Lowestoft-based Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas).

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

A growing appetite for sausages and bacon helped meat producer Cranswick notch up annual revenues of £1 billion for the first time today despite a decline in fresh pork sales.

The Collison family in one of their glasshouses near King's Lynn. Picture: submitted

A Norfolk flower-growing family has seen business blossom by sending stock to the country’s biggest flower show – but warn that not many people know about the industry at a regional level.

H&V News Awards 2015

A renewable heating scheme which has given a fresh lease of life to a church hall has won a top award for a Norfolk firm.

Paul Rice with his model train business, Train Terrain, where he makes layouts for customers.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

North Norfolk councillor Paul Rice has turned his childhood passion into a model business success story.

Searle family at the park

A third generation family business at Hunstanton has been ranked among the top five holiday parks in the country.

File photo dated 16/09/14 of Jobcentre Plus entrance as unemployment has continued to fall, down to a near seven-year low, while a record number of people are in work. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday February 18, 2015. The jobless total dipped by 97,000 in the quarter to last December to 1.86 million - almost half a million down on a year ago. See PA story INDUSTRY Unemployment. Photo credit should read: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

More young people are off Job Seeker’s Allowance than any other age group in Norfolk, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have revealed.

What the new centre could look like.

West Norfolk leaders hope a new £5m enterprise centre in King’s Lynn will keep local talent in the area, attract investment, and create more jobs.

Photo: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

The new government has been given some good news on the jobs front, with unemployment continuing to fall and a record number of people in work.

Julia Glenn from Extremist Technology. The company design shelters for people hit by natural disasters.

Slum dwellers in the Caribbean and earthquake victims in Nepal will be the first to benefit from an East Anglian firm’s new shelter design.

Spring weather on the Norfolk Broads.
A boat on the River Bure at Upton.
April 2015.

Picture: James Bass

Lowestoft-based holidays firm Hoseasons recorded bumper bookings across its portfolio for the first bank holiday in May.

Andrew McTear, front, partner at McTear, Williams and Wood, with some of the team at their new premises at Crown Road. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The view over the city from the new central Norwich offices of business rescue and insolvency specialists McTear, Williams and Wood looks bright and prosperous.

Valerie Watson-Brown, director of marketing agency The Lively Crew and food enterprise Fresh Pod, said changes in pensions and women's ambitions means age matters less now. Picture: Submitted

Women in their 50s are driving ahead in their business careers with little view to “winding down” as state pensions become ever more distant and ambition in this group is on the increase, a new study and regional commentators have said.

Martin Goymour and Guy Ransom at Banham zoo where a heat pump project was carried out

The boss of a Norfolk firm at the vanguard of the green economy hopes that its growth can pick up pace under the new Conservative government.

Whole House Energy. Jackie Richards.

A low-energy building design company in Norwich which started up in September has seen a big boost in demand after local authorities invested millions of pounds in designated “green architecture” areas in the city.

Recruitment director, Dan Unstead, left with part of the team at Perfect Placement at their new premises, which includes a break room with various games. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

A Norwich recruitment company has said a happy work environment and plans for further expansion are the driving forces behind a £2.5m investment in new offices – which include pool tables and a putting green.

Alistair Duffield, chairman and managing director of Duffields at Saxlingham Thorpe. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

To succeed in a turbulent marketplace, even a business steeped in tradition cannot afford to rely solely on its hard-won reputation – it must adapt, evolve and overcome. And nowhere is that more true than at agricultural animal feed supplier Duffields.

Stephen Fenby, managing director of Midwich.

Technology distributor Midwich has acquired PSco Group, a trade-only rental and technical distributor specialising in display solutions.

Rooney Anand, chief executive of Greene King.

Greene King’s takeover of the Spirit Pub Company raises no “major concerns”, the Competition and Markets Authority has ruled.

Dom South, marketing director at Greene King.

Greene King has received received recognition for a range of beers in the 2015 Monde Selection awards.

Members of the Diss Business Forum

The Diss Business Forum has launched an membership incentives scheme aimed at encouraging more local companies to do business together.

Maids Head general manager Christine Malcolm charges her hybrid car

The Maids Head Hotel in Norwich is proving that the latest green technology can fit perfectly well into one of the city’s most historic buildings.

Roger Atterwill. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The views of Dereham businesses are wanted as a newly-established group gets off the ground.

Aviva flag on the company's heaquarters on Surrey Street, Norwich.
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The chief executive of Aviva said the insurer’s turnaround plan was “on track and ahead of schedule” as it recorded a 14pc rise in the value of new business (VNB) for the first three months of the year.

Norwich from the air. Picture by Mike Page.

East Anglia has trumped the national average and recorded a 13.4pc rise in new businesses over the last parliamentary term, according to research.

Steve Magnall, chief executive of St Peter's Brewery. Picture submitted.

St Peter’s Brewery has recruited the former deputy managing director of Greene King, Steve Magnall, as its new chief executive.

Natures Menu in Watton. From left, MD Craig Taylor and business development director Peter Roy. Picture: Matthew Usher.

An award-winning Norfolk company has bitten off another large chunk of the international pet food market by expanding into five more European countries in the past three months.

Colman Group printing history. The old shop in St Andrews Hill, Norwich.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

The fifth generation son of a commercial printers in Norwich has stressed the need for family businesses to be flexible if they are not to become “market casualities” in a changing world.

Ian Scott from the Pier Hotel in Gorleston.

Picture: James Bass

It is a heartening example of the great British seaside fighting back. As investment keeps flooding into Gorleston, dubbed “the new Southwold” by one entrepreneur, so do visitors of all ages. Stephen Pullinger reports.

The 3rd Horning Boat Show.

The show is the launch event of the Broads Outdoors Festival.
Justin Haines and Tiffany Howie.

May 2015.

Picture: James Bass

Businesses involved in East Anglia’s important marine sector hailed the economic value of the “boat show on our doorstep”.

Proserv engineers

Engineers employed by Proserv in Great Yarmouth will be flying out to Brazil in the coming days to finish work on the first phase of the firm’s biggest ever contract.

The team at Oneagency collecting their award in Advertising from the Recommended Agency Register Awards. Picture: submitted

The director of a branding agency, which has won a national award, has said a 90 minute train to the capital would help consolidate the Cambridge-London-Norwich triangle and make Norwich even more competitive as a creative hub.

Sam Douglass, owner of Scrumptious Buns in Coltishall. The business is expanding it';s cake school sessions.   Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Budding bakers can learn how to create sweet treats at a village business.

Greene King IPA ale being poured, as two of the UK's biggest pub companies are set to join forces after they agreed a takeover deal worth £773.6 million: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Pub group Greene King said it suffered tougher trading in the second half of its financial year, despite record sales at Easter and Valentine’s Day.

Superyacht worked on by Trend Marine team

Norfolk glass manufacturer Trend Marine has completed installation of all the glazing on the world’s 15th largest superyacht in a substantial six-figure contract.

James Archer of Archers Butchers, Norwich with a previous award

Two butchers from Norfolk are getting fired up to take on counterparts from across the UK in the national final of the Q Guild’s barbecue competition.

Richard Branson and Virgin Money CEO Jayne-Anne Gadhia

Virgin Money has recorded a buoyant start to the year as it upped its share of the mortgage market with a 34pc rise in lending.

Biomass boiler pellets. Picture: library

A Scottish renewable energy firm is powering its way into Norfolk with plans to create a new service hub in King’s Lynn.

The Tour of Britain cycle Race 2010 goes through Mousehold in Norwich.

Aviva has thrown its financial firepower behind the nation’s leading cycling race, the Tour of Britain.

Aviva warns that friendly business advice could turn sour. Picture: stock.

Small firms are at a heightened risk of making costly financial mistakes because of a reluctance to seek expert advice, research has found.

The Caister Road heliport terminal in the North Denes area of Great Yarmouth.

Helicopter operator CHC is to start flights to offshore gas platforms from Norwich - months after it announced that Great Yarmouth’s North Denes heliport would close.

Richard Shortis, managing director at Wilco with the new bike range.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

A Norwich-based family business plans to pedal against the online competition after investing in a new range of bicycles.

Adrian Lee of

A Norfolk entrepreneur who has progressed from “man in a van” to boss of a national online flooring business, has begun the next stage of his expansion - combining clicks with bricks.

Mark Oakden who has developed new virtual leaflet rack

Broads-based company Pocket Places has developed a virtual leaflet rack designed to reduce the cost of print for tourist attractions.

Courtroom Gavel

The financial stability of law firms in the East of England is improving, according an annual survey of medium-sized practices.

Treatt plc in Bury St Edmunds.; A worker placing product onto racks

Flavour and fragrance ingredients company Treatt has launched a new facility at its Bury St Edmunds headquarters to help it work more closely with its customers on new products.

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