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Representatives of some of Norwich's tech firms look forward to the Tech Nation report release.
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Norwich’s place at the heart of the digital revolution is revealed today in a new report which lays bare the growing strength of the city’s technology sector.

Minnie Moll, chief executive of the East of England Co-op

Our research shows that just 74 of the 526 board members at the EDP’s Top100 companies are women. Find out here how many women are on the board of each firm.

Clarke Willis, chief executive at Anglia Farmers.

Rural businesses are still being failed by poor mobile signal and broadband speeds, a new survey shows.

Production at the Kettle Foods Bowthorpe factory. Managing director Ashley Hicks.
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The new boss of Norfolk crisp maker Kettle Chips is targeting Europe as part of a bold plan to boost sales by 50pc in the next three to five years.

Georgina Lemmon receiving her award for her Corporate Reporting (P2) ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) exam.

Accountancy trainee Georgina Lemmon has claimed the top prize for her Corporate Reporting Association of Chartered Certified Accountants exam.

William (right) and Geoffrey Buchanan, who are joint MDs of Gressingham Foods.

The owners of Gressingham Duck have been behind two multi-million pound deals in the last 12 months which will extend their influence in the poultry market.

Rachel Buxton from TW Gaze, Laurence Weeks from Birketts and Nicky Robinson from Kettle Foods.

Here are the latest job moves in East Anglia’s businesses.

Foolproof co-founder Pete Ballard and creative technology director Nick Thompson.
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Anyone who has booked a seat with EasyJet, ordered a pizza online with Dominos or used online banking at TSB or Santander will have already seen Foolproof’s work.

Haines Marine at Catfield are in the process of making a new luxury day boat for Ferry Marina.  Picture: James Bass

Two Norfolk businesses have joined forces to bring a new luxury day cruiser to the Broads.

James Griffiths of the Low Carbon Innovation Fund. Photo: Bill Smith

More than £70m has been invested in businesses in the region during the first round of funding distributed by the University of East Anglia’s Low Carbon Innovation Fund (LCIF).

Andrew Wilson of NWES speaking at the launch of the Future 50. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Figures show that 2015 was a record year for new businesses in Norfolk – but the county continues to lag behind the national average.

Monica Vinader. Picture submitted

A Norfolk jewellery business which counts the Duchess of Cambridge and Jennifer Lopez among its clients has the US in its sights after a £20m investment boost.

Sunset across the River Yare near Brundall on the Norfolk Broads. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

A major legal challenge into the “wrong and misleading” rebranding of the Broads could be determined in the next few weeks.

File photo dated 07/12/12 of npower bills, as the gas and electricity provider has announced a 5.2% reduction in prices, cutting its standard domestic gas tariff by £32.   Picture: Andy Hepburn/PA Wire

Big Six energy provider npower said it will cut its average prices by 5.2pc, which will reduce its standard domestic gas tariff by £32.

The former Natwest building on High Street in Downham Market. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Two well-known buildings – a once-thriving cinema and a bank – located next door to each other on the High Street in Downham Market are currently on the market.

Norfolk Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting with MPs. Keith Simpson MP with host Emma Hutchinson, political correspondant for ITV Anglia.
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The campaigning spirit that secured the dualling of the A11 must be rekindled to make an upgraded A47 a reality, business leaders have been told.

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The energy industry in the East has issued a high-level plea urging the prime minister to support the region “as a matter of urgency”.

Production at the Kettle Foods Bowthorpe factory. Cooked chips are checked and sorted.
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Bowthorpe-based Kettle Foods has issued a product recall after finding that bags of its crisps may contain pieces of plastic.

A Shell logo on a petrol pump at a petrol station. Photo credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire.

Royal Dutch Shell has insisted its 49 billion US dollar (£34 billion) takeover of BG Group heralds the start of a “new chapter” as it saw annual profits crash by 80pc.

Leigh Thurston and James Cooper, who have been promoted at Lovewell Blake.

Here are the latest job moves in East Anglia’s businesses.

Josh Davies, CEO and founder of FXHOME, with their new product for the film maker, HITFILM 3 Pro. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Norwich-based FXHOME will be vying with businesses across the country to win an opportunity to receive mentoring from Dragons’ Den star Deborah Meaden.

Dr Jerry Walker chief executive of Intelligent Fingerprinting

A former Future50 firm’s decision to relocate from Norfolk to Cambridge to aid its expansion is already paying dividends after it revealed it had secured a further £2.5m of investment.

The staff at Thorpe Travel with group retail manager Paul Hardwick. From left: Donna Hardwick, Lorna Neale, Paul Hardwick, Rachel Aldred, Kerry Sabberton, Vicky Bunting. Picture: SUPPLIED.

A travel agency with offices across East Anglia says it has its “eyes peeled” for new branches in Norfolk.

Norwich Market. Norwich Castle.
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The city’s tech businesses will take centre stage later this month when they form part of a “trail” aimed to encouraged youngsters to consider a career in the industry.

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Small businesses have been urged to get their affairs in order to avoid being caught out by a massive shake-up in pension rules.

Some of the classic cars being worked on in the workshops. Signwriter Paul Banham working on paintwork.

In a concrete-clad building on a former Second World War air base, historic Formula One racing cars continue to be restored in the original Lotus workshops set up by Colin Chapman in Hethel.

Deaglan Hall and Shaun Palfrey from Palfrey & Hall.

A bespoke cutting, curing and smoking service, set up by two craft butchers, continues to go from strength to strength.

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A sharp rise in warning letters and fines being handed out to employers for failing to comply with their new workplace pension duties has been recorded by the Pensions Regulator.

Jamie Mintram who runs Jurassic Encounters and a rescue sanctuary in weeting, will be opening a zoo near Snetterton with his wife Michelle. He is pictured at home with some of the animals which will be residents at the new zoo. WIth Echo the Lynx.

A sanctuary for rescued reptiles and small mammals including meerkats and porcupines is set to open in Snetterton this spring. Jamie and Michelle Mintram, who run Jurassic Encounters reptile rescue sanctuary, have gained planning permission to convert a former caravan sales site on the A11 into a home for their 150 cold-blooded charges.

Tim Bridge, who is to retire at chairman of Greene King on May 1.

Tim Bridge is to retire from the board of Bury St Edmunds-based Greene King after 11 years as chairman, and a total of more than 45 years’ service with the company.

Launch of the New Anglia Enterprise Adviser Network. Students from Thomas Gainsborough School and Thetford Academy with Mary Tyler, Mark Pendlington and Jan Pinkerton..

A new programme which aims to link businesses with school leaders to inspire young people has been launched.

Elizabeth Truss MP at STV Pest Control in Little Cressingham with Edwin Allingham, managing director, and staff.

Pest control experts STV International revealed ambitions to double in size within the next five years during a visit from the environment minister.

Shoppers out in force in Norwich city centre on Black Friday. Photo : Steve Adams

Norfolk’s key shopping areas have bucked the national trend to see an increase in visitor numbers over the Christmas period.

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

Exports to the Far East helped drive a buoyant third quarter for pork producer Cranswick, which posted a 5pc boost to revenue.

Students, from left, Jordan Dungar, Ben Southgate, Alex Amps, and Chloe Harris, with the Rolls Royce aircraft engine which has been donated to the UTC (University Technical College) by KLM. From left, Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

A bid to encourage aspiring engineers into a career in the aviation industry has seen a 1.5 metric tonne aircraft engine delivered to a Norwich college.

Cromer Pier is holding a recruitment event for seasonal staff

A drop-in session is being held to recruit temporary staff at one of north Norfolk’s leading visitor attractions.

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Energy chiefs in the East said they were “disappointed but not wholly surprised” the region appeared to be overlooked after a bid to help the oil and gas industry focused heavily on Scotland.

Right Angle Events Team. Steve Gaskin with his daughter Lizzie and wife Kate.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Business owner Steve Gaskin has worn many hats in his career – Scotland Yard police inspector, teacher, head of education for the prison service, and more recently entrepreneur.

Kelling Heath operations manager, Mark Durrant. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Bosses at an award-winning north Norfolk holiday park said a commitment to customer service has underpinned a £1.5m investment programme to improve its facilities.

Annette Collen from Spire Solicitors, James Cushing from Broadwater Mouldings and Jordan Marshall from Arnolds Keys.

Here are the latest job moves in East Anglia’s businesses.

Matt and Steph Brown launch their Wild Knight English Vodka.
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Marrying the spirit of an Outer Mongolian wedding with East Anglian produce has led to the launch of a new artisan vodka from a Norfolk husband-and-wife team.

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Cyber criminals are costing small and medium-sized businesses thousands of pounds a year, according to new research - though many remain unaware of the dangers.

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Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to build a bridge to the future for those involved it the oil and gas industry.

Rick Herron of Solus Grills with Levi West and Lauren Herron.

A chance encounter with an Argentinian client has led a Norwich metal worker to bring a taste of South America to the UK.

Kevin Burrows (centre) of C&K Meats at the Meat and Poultry Processing Awards 2015

A butchery business in north Suffolk is developing trade links abroad as it looks to break into new export markets.

Norwich Castle and Norwich Cathedral. Photo: David Kirkham.

A pair of Norwich’s most recognisable landmarks have joined forces in an attempt to boost an industry worth more than £500m to the city.

The A11 looking towards Norwich from the Elveden bridge.

MPs and business leaders have hailed the “once-in-a-generation” chance to turn the dualled A11 into a technology corridor, bringing a half-billion pound boost and thousands of jobs to the region.

Laura Thomas, partner at Birketts. Picture: Submitted

Dealing with police, regulators, the public and press should be part of an accident management plan at every business, according to a health and safety legal expert.

Extremis Technology CEO Julia Glenn, and senior projects engineer Simon Allen with one of their disaster shelters, HuSh1, which they have deployed in the Dominican Republic. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

A Norfolk firm hopes to license the design of its pioneering shelter to humanitarian groups around the world so it can help more people recover from poverty and disaster. SABAH MEDDINGS reports.

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

Filtration specialist Porvair has “plenty in the tank” for the coming year, said its chief executive, as the company announced record pre-tax profits.

Paul Grenyer, organiser of the forthcoming Norfolk Developers Conference. Photo : Steve Adams

Entrepreneurs should work more closely with developers and software engineers to launch start-ups, according to Norwich’s tech experts.

The Lotus Elise Sport pictured outside Stow Mill. Photo: Group Lotus PLC

Soaring sales at one of Norfolk’s biggest global brands prove “Lotus is back”, according to its boss.

The Ideas Facgory at NUA officially opened on January 15. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

It is Norwich’s newest factory with the potential to generate millions of pounds for the local economy, but instead of parts and widgets it will be a production line of ideas harnessing the creative talents of students and entrepreneurs.

Sketch of the new Lidl store being presented to residents in Heacham.

The parish council has submitted a holding objection at plans for the budget supermarket chain to build a store on the village outskirts.

The Lotus Exige Sport pictured at Burnham Overy Staithe. Photo: Group Lotus PLC

Norfolk car-maker Lotus has reported a rise in new car registrations of 60pc.

A stock investor covers his eyes at a brokerage house in Fuyang in central China's Anhui province Wednesday, July 8, 2015. China announced a flurry of new moves Wednesday to halt a stock market slide. The government told state companies and executives to buy shares, raised the amount of equities insurance companies can hold and promised more credit to finance trading. (Chinatopix via AP) CHINA OUT

Tumbling stock markets may have sent shivers down the spines of investors around the world, but East Anglian business leaders remained pragmatic despite the volatile start to the year.

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A city-based poultry and meat producer has been bought by a larger rival in a deal supported by financial and business advisers Grant Thornton.

The Caithness Crystal Visitor Centre, King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

The popular King’s Lynn tourist attraction and glassmaking company has announced that it was closing its doors – with all 15 members of staff being made redundant.

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Aquarium designer and manufacturer Reef One has been sold to a German rival, but remains committed to its Norwich base.

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The oil and gas industry is fighting for its very existence on the UK continental shelf with thousands of livelihoods on the line, Waveney MP Peter Aldous has warned making a radical plea for tax cuts.

Ben Jarvis has invented a board game called Mechabrick that can be used with Lego as well as the pieces that come with the game.

Lego, robots and board games may not be the traditional bricks on which to build a business.

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