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I Robot

Starring Will Smith

Artificial intelligence (AI) may seem the preserve of Hollywood films starring Will Smith, in a nightmarish fantasy world where robots have taken control.

CVS in Diss. Chief executive is Simon Innes.

Veterinary giant CVS Group is eyeing expansion into Europe as it builds on the most acquisitive year in its history.

New website and SEO company opens in Norwich. Left to right, property landlord Steve Barker, Omni MD Graham Tester and Omni social media manager Raf Turnbull. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

A husband-and-wife team who gave up their jobs to launch an online marketing agency have expanded into their own office, and signed up a major client.

Mirus, based in Hingham, is making 60,000 aircraft seats for Air Asia. The seats will use formula one technology. The Cheif Executive of Mirus is Phil Hall.

A pioneering aircraft seat manufacturer has secured a $100m contract with Air Asia to kick-start production of its Formula 1-inspired seats.

Karttrack Cromer owner Robert Marshall who's looking to expand. 


A go-karting business in Cromer is on track to success after it unveiled plans to expand this week.

The Co-operative shop on Plumstead Road, Norwich.

Co-op food stores in Watton, Wisbech and Norwich’s Plumstead Road are among 36 which will be sold off by the Co-operative Group as it sharpens its focus on convenience shopping.

Morgan Self.

A management consultancy firm which has added a string of high-level appointments to its hit squad of experts is eyeing up a Norwich move.

Members of the East Anglian Daily Times and Eastern Daily Press business and agriculture  teams who will be contributiing to the EADT's new-look business coverage. From left, Duncan Brodie, Sarah Chambers, Shaun Lowthorpe, Chris Hill, Sabah Meddings, Mark Shields and David Viincent.

Business is changing for the better - Businesses in Norfolk are at the heart of a region which is setting the pace for growth across the country.

Official opening of the newly refurbished Hoseasons reception area by local MP Peter Aldous.Martin Murkett, Simon Altham, Rebecca Harris and Peter Aldous.

PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Many fast-growing, successful firms with booming digital operations might have been forgiven for leaving their old offices behind for premises in bigger cities.

Stephen Fenby, MD of Midwich at Diss, distributers for audio visual products. Picture: Denise Bradley

Audio-visual specialists Midwich Group, based in Diss, is expecting to raise £75.2m by floating on AIM.

Sweet Briar Park.

Shoppers today look set for a new retail and trade park, with work under way on the first store which will open at the 25-acre site.

The Extremis Technology team of Cillian Hickey, Julia Glenn and Lucy O'Driscoll with their half size model of their unique shelter.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Tycoon’s offer of £1m to help entrepreneurs turn their vision into reality could prove attractive to Future50 businesses

Philip Seach has opened a new coffee and tea shop in Cromer called Henry's Coffee and Tea Store. 


There is a caffeine-fuelled buzz about a formerly forlorn building which has a new lease of life as a Cromer café.

Cromer mayor Tim Adams and other members of the town council join Adrian Britton of the Westerleigh Gorup to cut the first sod and mark the start of work on the area's first crematorium. 


A turf-cutting ceremony was held to prepare the ground on the site next to the town’s cemetery.

EV's management team

An extreme offshore video company whose clients have included Top Gear, Formula 1 and Sport Relief
has snapped up a Scottish-based rival.

Daren Moore, partner at Price Bailey, speaks at the Inside the Minds of Business Leaders event at Dunston Hall in Norwich.

The EU referendum, red-tape restrictions and business planning worries dominated a debate assessing business confidence across the region.

Rusty Nash and Lois Foulger in their home office for their business Gift Off, paying cash-free by giftcards with bitcoin. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Norwich business Gift Off is developing a loyal following selling digital gift cards for Bitcoin. But how does it work? And will Bitcoin reach the mainstream? SABAH MEDDINGS reports.

A huge economic boost for the east coast took another step closer after global engineering company Siemens confirmed it would supply the turbines for a major windfarm project.

Sembmarine SLP Dudgeon Jacket celebration event at OrbisEnergy Centre, Lowestoft, Suffolk. Pictured is Paul Thomson, MD of Sembmarine SLP.

The fabrication yard behind a multi-million pound project which has dominated the Lowestoft skyline for months has called on business leaders to work together to bring more work to the coast.

Pertwee & Back Limited, Gapton Hall Road, Great Yarmouth.
Ford Main Dealer.
(L TO R) Nick Coller - After Sales Director, Richard Coller - Managing Director and Tom Coller - Director.

Picture: James Bass

Richard Coller was not given a choice of whether to join his father in the family business – it was either that or Pertwee & Back was to be sold.

Nick and Kim Hoare from Ivy Grange Farm near Halesworth run a glamping site with 5 Yurts.

PHOTO: Nick Butcher

A glamping firm hoping to banish memories of sodden sleeping bags and leaking tents is catching the eye of campers after an upmarket break.

Wildcraft has been set up by Mark Goodman and Mike Deal(right) focusing on making  beers from foraged and locally sourced ingredients.

Berries and fruit foraged from fields and hedgerows are being put to use at a new brewery - to flavour its beer.

Photo shows bitcoin tokens in Sandy, Utah.

Businesses have been urged to wake up to the growing power of digital currency – and follow the lead of a Norfolk company headed for a million-pound turnover solely from Bitcoin.

Rob Burnett, chief executive of Bernard Matthews, at Great Witchingham Hall. Picture submitted

Poultry giant Bernard Matthews has confirmed up to 30 jobs are to go at its bases in Norfolk and Suffolk, as the company brings in new working practices.

Doug Field from the East of England Co-op.

The East of England Co-op has reported “a healthy trading performance in challenging conditions”, despite a dip in sales and trading profit over the past year.

Martin Turner, 29, in his new menswear shop called Working Title Clothing in Bedford Street in Norwich which has opened thanks to a small business loan from NWES. 


Inspiration from Shoreditch in London and the north Norfolk coast lie behind a new menswear venture on the Norwich Lanes.

BHS British Homes Stores, Norwich store on St Stephens Street. 


It has been a high-street fixture for almost a century - so how has BHS found itself filing for administration? MARK SHIELDS reports.

File photo  of a branch of BHS. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

A total of 11,000 jobs may be at risk amid fears the high street chain BHS could file for administration by Monday.

Europe: In or Out? Debate organised by Mills and Reeve and held at the Centrum, Norwich Research Park.
David Campbell-Bannerman, Conservative MEP for Eastern Counties.

Picture: James Bass

How will the political landscape look in 10 years’ time – whether or not Britain votes to leave the European Union?

Kirsten Rausing, Newmarket-based racehorse breeder.

The rich are getting richer, according to the annual Sunday Times Rich List, revealing the wealthiest 20 people in East Anglia.

Stephen Fenby, MD of Midwich at Diss, distributers for audio visual products. Picture: Denise Bradley

A major technology distributor with employs more than 400 people at its Diss base is taking a step into public ownership by floating on AIM.

Norwich Airport, Flybe, travel, plane, aircraft, holiday.

A new route to Rhodes in Greece will be launched from Norwich Airport next summer.

Tony Russell, sales director of Rodtech power sweeping, with a superscrub head, and holding a drill for sweeping chimneys. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

As the Queen marks her 90th birthday, companies across Norfolk and Waveney have been honoured with a royal seal of approval.

Broadland Business Park. Picture: Mike Page

Building work has started on a project that will see one of East Anglia’s leading housebuilders set up a new home for itself on the outskirts of Norwich.

Daniel Harvey, CEO of The Pension Counter, which is a finalist of the Venturefest Fast and Furious Pitch Event

Two cutting edge start-ups whose products could transform their industries are to get the chance to pitch in front of potential business and angel investors next month.

William Dolman with his new plug and socket he has invented. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The growth of the silver pound presents a golden opportunity - but how can businesses make the most 
of it?

A group of men wait outside Chatham Job Centre Plus in Kent.  Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA Archive

Unemployment in the East of England has fallen by 9,000, bucking the national trend which has seen a rise for the first time since last summer.

David Mordecai, chief executive of the Tobar Group, which owns Hawkins Bazaar.

A toy retailer which was pulled out of administration in 2012 has announced bold new plans to take the business in two separate directions after a top-level change of ownership.

Wes Hoolahan of Norwich and Jan Kirchhoff of Sunderland in action during the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267

An aircraft charter firm which flies Premier League footballers, welcomes VIP visitors to Norfolk and transports top-level business chiefs to international meetings is targeting ambitious growth.

Neil Miles, Chair – TechEast

Norfolk and Suffolk need to become a magnet for the best technical talent, leaders said today at the launch of a new body to promote the region’s digital sector.

Russell Taylor, left and Alan Taylor, right, have been charged with fraud. Photo: EDP/Steve Adams

Two Norfolk-based financial advisers have been charged with a total of 14 offences for alleged fraud likely to run into millions of pounds, according to investigators.

Representatives of some of Norwich's tech firms look forward to the Tech Nation report release. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

One voice for technology firms in the East, linking up Norwich, Ipswich and Cambridge.

The A11 looking towards Norwich from the Elveden bridge.

An engineering firm has hailed the dual benefits of local business networking and an improved A11 after it secured a multi-million pound manufacturing deal.

Bernard Matthews Great Witchingham Hall headquarters. Photo: Steve Adams

Turkey-giant Bernard Matthews has appointed a new chairman, with long-standing chief David Joll taking a non-executive role.

Great Yarmouth Port Company Limited trading as Peel Ports Great Yarmouth.
The newest and largest vessel in the Seajacks fleet called Scylla docked in the outer harbour.

Picture: James Bass

Great Yarmouth port has been chosen as the assembly and installation base for the 56-turbine Galloper offshore wind farm.

Work starts on the new Aviation Academy. Founder and chief executive Simon Witts.

The diggers are on site and the first panels of cladding are being stripped away from a Second World War hangar at Norwich Airport.

Carrello's on the Meadow. Husband and wife Brian and Brenna Wells in their new cafe on Castle Meadow, Norwich, nine years after Brian set up his mobile cafe near Debenhams. Photo : Steve Adams

His smiling face and friendly manner are well-known among Norwich’s coffee lovers.

Declan Green, Jack Minns and Suzanne McCarter.

The latest moves and appointments from across the region

Norwich International Airport has announced a new route to Chambery in the French Alps, to begin flights in mid-December 2016. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Norwich International Airport has revealed a new destination for its winter 2016-17 flight schedule.

The A11 looking towards Norwich from the Elveden bridge.

A developer is targeting public grants to help it sell investors its plans to kickstart a major employment site.

Mark Lusher of WS Lusher & Son building services. Pictured with his daughter Kim.

A Royal Warrant-holding building firm is selling up its Sprowston home of 80 years as it looks to find premises better suited to its future.

Professor David Richardson, who has been named as chairman of Norwich Research Park.

The vice-chancellor of the University of East Anglia, Prof David Richardson, has been named the new chairman of Norwich Research Park.

Jackie Wells, the managing director at ESE Direct.

A business which has stepped away from family ownership into a new era under a national PLC has appointed a new managing director.

The Norwich 4 New Enterprise programme run by Norfolk Community Foundation. Left to right, Nigel Savory, Ellen Tilney, Anna Douglas and David Dukes . Picture: ANTONY KELLY

A new small grants scheme for Norfolk businesses who want to grow and create jobs has been launched, with a pot of £50,000 to give away.

Majority shareholders Mike Betts and Dennis Nudd have sold Woodfordes Ltd to a consortium of private investors, led by (l tor) Rupert Fraser, James Hughes and Nick Dolan.

A beer with Norfolk at its core could soon find its way into bars across the Far East, if bold plans by the new owners of Woodforde’s go ahead.

Staff at Zenos Cars in Wymondham. the car firm is planning to expand this year and double its production from 50 cars to 100.

It’s small but sleek and it hums like a beehive when the engine springs to life.

Dan Chapman, senior partner at Full Contact sports agency, in his office with signed photographs and memorabilia of some of his clients.  Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

A Norwich law firm’s sports agency is making its name by unearthing hidden gems from football’s lower leagues. MARK SHIELDS reports.

Norwich AeroPark plans

The grounding of a £15m project to build an aeropark has dented the profits of Norwich International Airport to the tune of £439,000, it has emerged.

This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Ben Affleck, left, and Henry Cavill in a scene from,

Recent wet and windy weather has put a dampener on consumer spending despite the heroics of Batman Vs Superman causing a surge in cinema ticket sales according to new figures.

Woodforde's Brewery in the broadland village of Woodbastwick.
March 2014

Picture: James Bass

Woodforde’s Wherry has had a loyal following among Norfolk’s real ale connoisseurs for the past 35 years, and has long established itself in the beer lineup of the region’s pubs.

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

Pork producer Cranswick has flown further into the poultry market with the acquisition of north Suffolk-based Crown Chicken in a £40m deal.

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