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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.

A woman grocery shopping. Picture PA.

The East of England Co-op has upped sales and profits in the face of a bitter supermarket price war raging through the industry.

Horning Boat Show 2014.

Norfolk’s marine industry is preparing for the Horning Boat Show on Saturday (May 2) which, in just its third year, has become a significant showcase for local companies.

Norwich from the air. Picture by Mike Page.

Norwich should brace itself for a flurry of business sales as investors up their interest in the city’s firms, a study has found.

Great Yarmouth college students at Gardline Marine Sciences learning about geotechnical soil sampling and seismic activities.

Picture: James Bass

More than 170 students got a hands-on taste of working in the offshore energy sector when they took part in a week-long work experience.

A Norwich company which offered health foods online has ceased trading.

Business and school guests will gather at the House of Lords to celebrate the success of Business in the Community’s flagship education programme, Business Class. Picture: Supplied

The success of a partnership between Norwich’s schools and businesses was celebrated at a reception in the House of Lords.

Heroes Bar in Dereham. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The future of a Dereham bar is in doubt after a decision was made to revoke its licence.

Chris Potter, who has moved his golf shop to Ber Street in Norwich.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

A well-known local golfer has moved his sports shop into the centre of Norwich to see increased footfall – and, perhaps, to be closer to his son, who runs a fitness gym a couple of doors down the same street.

Business people and mentors launch the new #cromerhour weekly event during a social media workshop at Cromer. left to right Kate Wilde from Enterprise North Norfolk, Julie Bishop from Job Hop and Ruth Lowe from Ruth Elizabeth Events. Picture; RICHARD BATSON

A new virtual meeting place to promote north Norfolk businesses and events was launched this afternoon.

TRO putting up Lucozade display at London marathon expo

A global events company based in Norfolk has undertaken its biggest recruitment drive in 15 years after winning prestigious new contracts.

Tesco site, Chatteris. Picture: Steve Williams.

Tesco posted a staggering £6.4bn annual loss on Wednesday as it wrote off huge chunks of its business and warned of tough challenges ahead. One store in East Anglia encapsulates its problems.

The former HMV shop in Norwich.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

A retail site on one of the main shopping streets in Norwich has finally found a new resident after a year standing empty in the city centre.

Working grandparents could be given permission to take unpaid leave to look after grandchildren in proposal's by Harriet Harman as part of Labour's pledge to women. Picture: PA.

Proposals for grandparents to take unpaid time off work to look after grandchildren could help working parents and better include the older generation in society – but might be a problem for employers, business people in Norfolk have said.

Birds Eye factory, Lowestoft.

Photo: Nick Butcher
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Frozen food firm Birds Eye, which has a factory in Lowestoft, will be bought by an American company in a move described as a major “vote of confidence” for the group.

Paul Grenyer and Matthew Wells of software company Naked Element have enlisted consultant Emma Gooderrnan to help expand the business. Picture: submitted

A Norwich-based software company has teamed up with a marketing consultant in the hope that better communication will convert more leads into actual sells.

A report from Barclays Corporate Banking, reveals that the UK Hospitality Leisure sector, is underestimating the spending power of the older generation.

Research by Barclays revealed that just 2pc of the region’s businesses within the sector view those aged 65 and over as the most important sales demographic.

Rowan and Eamon

The boss of Naked Wines has sent a reassuring message that the sale of the company to Majestic Wine will herald a bright new chapter for the Norwich-based business.

Anglia Square, Norwich.
Photo by Simon Finlay.

Norwich’s Anglia Square shopping centre has been handed a boost, after two of the biggest names in the complex committed to new leases.

Turkeys Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Poultry producer Bernard Matthews has unveiled far-reaching plans to become the UK’s “greenest farmer”.

Chairman of DRB-HICOM Group, Dato’ Syed Mohamad Syed Murtaza (seventh from left) was present with Board and Senior Management of PROTON together with Lotus and Goldstar to witness the occasion. Picture submitted

Group Lotus will no longer just manufacture British sports cars after shaking hands on a deal to kick-start production in the Far East.

From left to right: Philip Gready Savills UK Executive Director, Mark Ridley CEO of Savills UK and Europe and Andrew Harle Senior Partner Smiths Gore

Estate agent Savills is to buy rural and residential property services business Smith Gore, in a deal reportedly worth £40m.

Ben Stocks, chief executive of Porvair Filtration Group. Picture: submitted

Five Norfolk companies are celebrating recognition in the latest Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, which have been announced today.

Alicat yard

Growing momentum in the offshore wind sector has been underlined by the second vessel launch in weeks by Great Yarmouth-based Alicat Workboats.

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.

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