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Congestion on the A14.

A London-based engineering solutions provider has been appointed to deliver the majority of the improvements to the A14 between Huntingdon and Cambridge.

Norwich Airport. Photo : Steve Adams

Nearly 30 staff based at Norwich Airport face being left with neither a job nor redundancy money next month because of a dispute involving two helicopter firms.

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

Wymondham firm Extremis Technology has received an order to supply five of its unique shelters to provide a school building in earthquake-hit Nepal.

Ansible Motion at Hethel Engineering Centre. Kia Cammaerts (white shirt) with some of his team and the simulator for driving any vehicle in any kind of conditions he has created. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Hidden in Norfolk is a multi-million pound machine which can transport its rider to a speedy world of Alpine race tracks and Formula 1 cars - without getting a single scratch on the body work.

The Centrum Building at the Norwich Research Park. Picture: Denise Bradley

An agricultural seed company is expanding to provide a Norfolk hub for its global research and development programme to boost crop resilience.

The  Center Parcs business in the UK has been sold.

Britain’s five Center Parcs resorts, including Elveden Forest in Suffolk, have been sold to a Canadian investment firm in a deal thought to be worth more than £2.4billion.

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

Great Yarmouth council leader Graham Plant called it a “sad day for the borough” as the closure of North Denes heliport was confirmed with the loss of about 30 jobs.

LEP CEO Chris Starkie

A slowdown in manufacturing growth has hit the East of England harder than many other regions, a new report suggests.

Mike Page aerial picture of the University of East Anglia campus, Norwich.


Norwich-based Norse has reinforced its commercial relationship with the University of East Anglia by retaining a recycling and waste contract.

Aston Shaw acquires Roger Hopkins Chartered Accountants. Picture submitted.

East Anglian accountancy firm Aston Shaw has continued its expansion through acquisition by snapping up Norwich-based competitor Roger Hopkins Chartered Accountants.

Norfolk entrepreneur Henry Watt with Lacons Brewery managing director Mick Carver outside The Honingham Buck. Photo: Submitted

A long-established Norfolk brewer will open its first pub in 50 years when it reopens the doors of an historic local.

Peter Simpson, managing director of Anglian Water, for EDP Business Awards 2013

Anglian Water has a recorded a marginal rise in revenues as fewer people turned on their taps during first half of last year.

Warren Services in Thetford.
Business owner Richard Bridgman .
Picture by: Sonya Duncan

The government has pledged to cut £10bn worth of red tape over the next five years in a far-reaching plan to boost business.

The New Anglia Growth Hub team, including its business growth advisers who offer free support to businesses in Suffolk and Norfolk.

New Anglia Growth Hub has beaten its target of providing support for 3,000 businesses in its first year.

Colin Wright, managing director of Britannia Training

A Wymondham-based business boss said the dualling of the A11 had driven a significant upturn in fortunes for the firm in the last six months.

Victory Park off London Road, Attlebrough.

One of the region’s largest construction companies could relocate some of its group businesses to an industrial space in Attleborough.

Opening of the new Co-op store on Cromer Road, Norwich. Left to right, John Cook (director East of England Co-op), Sam McGhee (sales assistant), Sandy Gooch (store manager), Daisy Dugdale (sales assistant) and Roger Grosvenor (executive officer East of England Co-op)

Bosses at the East of England Co-operative are set to undertake a fresh push to sell the virtues of locally sourced food.

Clarke Willis, chief executive of Anglia Farmers. Picture: Denise Bradley

Despite a volatile year for the farming industry, a Norfolk-based agricultural buying group has reported 12 months of continued growth, with turnover increasing by 2.2pc.

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.

Virgin Flightstore, Wellington Park, Beacon Park, Gorleston.

Picture: James Bass

Dozens of jobs are at risk on the east coast as Virgin Atlantic looks at closing a call centre.

Ruth and James Knight from the Waveney River Centre.

A five star holiday park perched on the Southern Broads has more than doubled its staff during a period of significant investment.

Norwich International Airport. Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Norwich International Airport is back in the black after a surge in passenger numbers helped to boost its bottom line.

The Venko team: Left to Right, Jason Grey Operational Support Manager, Steve Brierley Project Manager, Tom Herok Director Offshore, Martin Collins Operations Co-ordinator, Becky Margitson HSEQ Advisor, Olaf Smale QA QC Manager, James McLaurin QA QC Engineer. Picture: submitted

An energy industry services firm is set to more than double its workforce in Great Yarmouth after landing two contracts together worth nearly £10m.

Anglia Harvesters: Left to right; John Palmer (Commercial Manager), Charlene Poeira (Sales Administration), Paul Moss (Sales Director), Jan Kiffmeier (CLAAS Intern/Placement Student)

East Anglia would be better placed to become a successful manufacturing zone if there was more investment in infrastructure and apprenticeships.

Gareth Newman runs north Norfolk company Blakely Clothing. Picture: Ian Burt

A 28-year-old entrepreneur who has set up a clothing brand inspired by the beachy “lifestyle” of East Anglia is seeing international orders coming in and a national rugby star wearing his stock.

Beth Bennett, a graduate from the Tesco Future Farmer Foundation, who is a farm manager at Anglia Free Range Eggs, with one of the owners of Anglia Free Range Eggs and farmer Dudley Southgate with his chickens at his farm at Great Ellingham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

21-year-old Beth Bennett is one of the first young people to complete a farming programme which aims to teach new recruits to agriculture about the whole process from producer to supermarket shelf.

Henry Catchpole of Inform Direct

There are still obstacles to getting more investors and business angels to back Norfolk start-ups, leaders in the field have said.

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.

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