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Norwich International Airport. Photo: Steve Adams

Holidaymakers will be able to touchdown in Cyprus next year on a flight from Norwich International Airport.

Richardson's has sold Summerfield to focus on Broads boating and two Hemsby parks. Pictured at the EDP Norfolk Tourism Awards 2014 are CEO Greg Munford, Paul Richardson and Shaun Lowthorpe Archant Norfolk Business Editor.

Park Resorts has bought its third property in the Great Yarmouth area, Summerfields Holiday Park, and announced rapid investment to upgrade the site and improve entertainment.

Daniel Smith and Gregory Adjemian at The Ingham Swan

The business behind an award-winning East Anglian restaurant has unveiled its appetite for expansion after snapping up two Norfolk eateries.

Jayne Raffles for 'My Favourite Five' feature in The Norwich Resident.
Photo by Simon Finlay

A Norwich restaurant group has trimmed back its portfolio after selling its second business in a month.

Insurance broker Andrew Cunningham-Brown outside his purple and green office in Church Street. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

The bright purple and lime green colour scheme of a new insurance brokers at Sheringham has divided local opinion, with some people describing it as “tremendous” and others saying it should be re-painted in shades more “in keeping” with an historic seaside town.

Jobcentre Plus. Photo: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Unemployment in the East of England increased by 1,000 in the three months to February, official figures have revealed.

The B&Q store on the North Quay Retail Park in Lowestoft which is closing in January 2016. Picture: James Bass

DIY chain B&Q has announced its Lowestoft store will close at the start of next year, with reportedly 40 jobs being lost.

Great Witchingham hall, Bernard Matthews' headquarters.  Photo: Bill Smith

Embattled poultry producer Bernard Matthews is showing signs of recovery after significantly narrowing its losses.

Lee Dyer at Winbirri Vineyard in Surlingham, where they are stepping up production and investing in new hi-tech bottling plant
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

The boss of a Norfolk vineyard is predicting a vine future for the region as he prepares to expand the business.

Press advert for Bowhill and Elliott shoemakers from 1916. Picture: submitted

A shoemakers which has stood in Norwich for more than 140 years has warned such gems risk being increasingly hidden as larger shopping malls draw tourists in.

Nigel Duncan, STG Aerospace’s chief executive.

A Norfolk-based company which develops lighting technology for aircrafts has secured its presence in the Chinese market by setting up an enterprise in Shanghai.

Hadley & Ottaway Removals and Storage for EDP Business - From left, director Chris Howlett, director Paul Corbett and MD David Galer in the Warehouse on Neaton Business Park in Watton. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The boss of a Norfolk removals firm rocked by the recession has delivered an upbeat verdict on the county’s economy now: prospects are really on the up.

Inside the Copper House Distillery at Adnams in Southwold.

Southwold-based brewer and distiller Adnams has unveiled a new look for its international award-winning Copper House Gin – the first of its spirits to undergo a brand makeover since the company began distilling four years ago.

The Very Revd Jane Hedges, Dean of Norwich,   Photo: Bill Smith

Businesses across the region are being urged to help boost the congregation at Norwich Cathedral by joining its evening service.

Councillor Tom Garrod opening the new Upton Community Shop next to the White Horse pub in the broadland village of Upton.
Voulnteers Mercia Lamb and Lindsay Latham raise a glass to the opening.

Picture: James Bass

When a community rallied to save a Norfolk Broads pub they had plans for a micro-brewery, camping pods and a fruit press.

Lee Ellis, Director of Advanced Joinery in Marsham.


A North Norfolk joinery company is investing about £250,000 in new computerised machining equipment to further fuel its rapid growth.

Bumper spring bookings on the Broads

Lowestoft-based holidays firm Hoseasons has continued its bumper start to the year with a spring surge in bookings on the Broads.

Alan O'Neill, owner of CHPV Offshore Energy Media Service, has moved the company to the Orbis centre in Lowestoft which overlooks the southern North Sea industry. Picture: submitted

A media company which specialises in photographing the energy industry has moved into offices on the Suffolk North Sea coast to be nearer to the heart of changes in the sector.

The former Cemex site in Dereham. Picture: Ian Burt

Dereham’s traffic problems came under the spotlight as councillors approved plans for a new supermarket.

Smart phones and tablets will bring a significant increase to retail spending in the east of England region over the next five years, according to a report. Picture: PA.

The use of smartphones and tablets will cause retail spending to increase by 231pc in the east of England over the next five years, a rate second only to London, according to a survey.

The Federation of Small Businesses hustings taking place at the UEA.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

A modest audience of 16 at the FSB hustings did not stop the prospective parliamentary candidates for Norwich South setting out their very different camps on how businesses should run - or be run.

Owner of Naked Wines Rowan Gormley. Photo: Jerry Daws.

Retailer Majestic Wine is to buy online rival Naked Wines for up to £70 million.

Home secretary Theresa May visiting Aid Industrial part of the 3 Sun Group on Harfreys Industrial Estate.

Picture: James Bass

Home secretary Theresa May praised the work of an offshore firm during a regional tour, which she hailed as “fascinating”.

Heinz factory at Westwick near North Walsham. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

A union is pushing for jobs to be saved after unexpected news that the doomed Heinz factory in North Walsham has been bought by a major potato supplier.

Construction work on the new Dunelm store near Asda, Lowestoft.

Work is already underway to transform an “eyesore” building that has been vacant for eight years and was labelled Suffolk’s ugliest building in 2006.

Pig. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Norfolk sausage maker Cranswick saw home its year end with a strong final quarter thanks to a 4pc hike in sales.

The AKD site in Lowestoft.

Lowestoft-based oil and gas services provider AKD Engineering is to close, with the loss of more than 100 jobs.

Jean Marc Gales, chief executive of Lotus, launching the new Evora at the Geneva motor show. Picture submitted

Group Lotus’ car sales have entered the growth fast lane as it recorded its best performance for seven years.

Manufacturing. Photo: Steve Adams

Nerves over the outcome of the general election are being blamed for a slight slowdown in the Norfolk economy.

Picture shows Warsaw, Palace of Culture and Science, panorama
Story about growing business links between Norfolk and Poland.
For EDP News
Picture from Polish Tourist Office

A delegation of East of England businesses has visited Poland to further build on the increase in trade brought about by the expansion of the European Union.

Daya Thayan, CEO of Kingsley Healthcare based in Lowestoft.

Picture: James Bass

East Anglian care provider Kingsley Healthcare has embarked on a £200m-plus expansion strategy to become a familiar national brand within five years.

The Norwich Gaming Festival gets under way at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

As the Norwich video gaming festival saw fingers pressed to buttons on everything from cutting-edge 3D physics puzzles to retro classics, entrepreneurs said the city was “getting there” as a hub to rival Cambridge and elsewhere.

The team from Naked Wines

Online wine retailer Naked Wines is toasting a rosy - or rather rosé - outlook after a sharp rise in Easter sales.

Yaxham Waters

Holiday park entrepreneur Timothy Hay hailed the significance of A11 dualling as he announced further investment in Yaxham Waters, a lodge development near Dereham.

Ruth and Julian Kitcher in their Jerusalem street food eatery called Ruth's Kitchen in Magdalen Street. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

A Jerusalem-inspired restaurant which was opened under seven months ago by a husband and wife team has shot to 11th place out of 679 eating places in Norwich on a ratings site for the city.

UK economic growth remained steady in the last three months with weaker performances in some sectors, according to the Confederation of British Industry. Picture: PA

Economic growth in the UK held steady in the three months to March with businesses expecting the outlook to strengthen, according to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

Keith Carter is retiring, from Carter's Coaches aged 86. Picture: Matthew Usher.

A lifetime’s work has seen Keith Carter behind the steering wheel at his family firm – but at the age of 86, the grandfather has decided it is time to give up the driver’s seat and pass the company to the next generation.

Carl Lamb at Almary Green. Picture; NEWSMAKERS

Independent financial advisers Almary Green has added £30m worth of funds and 600 clients to its books after snapping up a firm in Lowestoft.

Mike Holmes Eastern Daily Press election panel member. Photo : Steve Adams

Norfolk workers have remained tight-lipped about asking for a pay rise despite signs of strength in the UK economy.

A family group cycling at Center Parcs

Center Parcs has unveiled plans to make serious inroads into the Irish market by ploughing £146m into a new holiday village.

Milltech Precision Engineering Ltd, Rackheath.

A Norwich-based machinery assembly sub-contractor has been sold to a Swedish group in a move which saw shareholders advised by an East Anglian law firm.

LJ Create, which is based at Bowthorpe Industrial Estate in Norwich, will deliver training to the Oman Military Technological College (MTC) as part of a multimillion pound contract. Picture: submitted

A Norwich company specialising in educational resources for engineering subjects has won a contract to train military technicians in the Sultanate of Oman.

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

The government’s stake in a wind farm off the north Norfolk coast has been transferred into a £463m fund to support the offshore wind industry.

Robin Parkinson and Gary Williams

The East of England partners in a European Union-funded project hope their work will help to address a skills shortage affecting the region’s marine industry.

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

Offshore firm 3sun Group has partnered with Great Yarmouth College to launch a pioneering pre-apprenticeship course tailored to the company’s needs as it continues its meteoric growth.

Norwich Research Park. Picture HexCam

East Anglia’s burgeoning reputation as a hotbed for research and development (R&D) is attracting a new wave of international companies looking to break into the UK market.

Lord Mayor of Norwich, councillor Judith Lubbock, and guests outside the new JTL training centre for electronics apprentices in at the Bowthorpe Industrial Estate in Norwich. Picture: Submitted

The chances of aspiring young electricians in Norfolk are looking stronger since a new electrical training centre has opened in the region on the back of a £100,000 charitable effort.

Left to right: David Bussey (Busseys), Tessa Haskey (Howes Percival), Paul Bussey (Busseys), Andrew Barnes (Howes Percival), James Allen (Roche), Mark Nolan (Chaplin Farrant), Lee Wymer (Morgan Sindall), Stephen Brown (REAL Consulting).

A city law firm has announced plans to move into a £3m modern office close to Norwich Cathedral.

Britannia Fire managing director and inventor of the P50 extinguisher Roger Carr (right) and general manager Andy Spence (holding the P50) after signing an export agreement with Dubai with His Excellency Lt Colonel Ibrahim Abdul Alrahman Saif Al Saleh (second right) and Ian Pritchard, Regional Manager, Berkeley Services, United Arab Emirates. Picture submitted

A Norfolk-based fire extinguisher manufacturer has added further muscle to its export portfolio after agreeing a £1m deal with Dubai.

Cornerways Nursery near Wissington, has won an award for being Co-op East of England producer of the year - The crop being picked. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Using rainwater from a roof the size of 17 football pitches, and recycling C02 from the factory next door, a tomato greenhouse in Norfolk is one of few almost self-sufficient growers in the mass produce sector.

Ian Hall's great grandfather Frederick William and grandfather Charles Frederick with an early brewing vessel.

They are the companies that help give the region its identity. Now, as a search is launched to try to find East Anglia’s longest-running family business, Jessica Staufenberg seeks out some of those with the deepest roots.

Luke Price with a selection of new products

A second-generation family firm is investing £500,000 in an expansion of its base as it continues its rapid growth.

Alicat Workboats handing over new windfarm service boat to Iceni Marine, the Iceni Vengeance at its naming ceremony.
The boat is the first of a new design to be built in Great Yarmouth, having been developed by Alicat’s sister company, South Boats IOW, on the Isle of Wight.

Simon Coote of Alicat with Margaret Turner who named the boat.

Picture: James Bass

The East coast’s growing status as a key hub for offshore wind was underlined with the launch of a new generation windfarm support boat at the Great Yarmouth yard of Alicat Workboats.

Norwich International Airport COE Andrew Bell. 
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Norfolk holidaymakers could be jetting across the English Channel to Paris as part of bold plans to expand the route network at Norwich International Airport.

Business people chatting at the Enterprise North Norfolk networking event held at the Rocket House, Cromer

A support group for new businesses in north Norfolk held a networking session.

Guests and hosts  at the Gresham's Futures business breakfast- Barney Phillips (Dynamic Print), Alice Forresto (Sixth Former), Vicki English (Head of Gresham’s Futures), Theo Knapp (Sixth Former), Douglas Robb (Gresham’s Headmaster) and Teresa Kelly (Talk Enterprise)

A revamped careers department at Gresham’s School in Holt hosted its first ever business breakfast.

Aviva, formerly Norwich Union, Surrey Street, Norwich. Photo: Steve Adams

One of the biggest insurance mergers in a decade has overcome a major hurdle after shareholders overwhelmingly backed Aviva’s proposed takeover of Friends Life.

Wayne Hemingway MBE, of Hemingwaydesign, speaks at Broadand District Council's Regional Energy Efficiency Growth Conference, held at The Space, Norwich. Picture: KEITH WHITMORE

Housebuilders and developers must place economic and social sustainability on the same footing as meeting environmental targets when designing or revamping homes and communities, a conference in Norfolk heard today.

The existing Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm off north Norfolk. Work has started on the nearby Dudgeon windfarm off Cromer -  but on land to begin with.  Picture: Ian Burt

Work has begun on the onshore cabling which will connect a new Norfolk offshore wind farm to the National Grid.

Jonathan Adnams, chairman of Southwold-based Adnams.

Southwold-based Adnams today announced increased annual sales and profits, and confirmed a £7.5million investment in its brewing and distilling operations.

Beacon Park Enterprise Zone on the edge of Gorleston next to the A12.

Picture: James Bass

Foundation work is under way for two new medium-sized industrial units at Beacon Park, in Gorleston, as the enterprise zone site continues to set the pace for economic growth in the borough.

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