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E & SJ Walpole's North Pickenham site was struck by a fire in November. The commercial side of its business in Dereham is now expanding. Picture: Matthew Usher.

A firm which was struck by a devastating fire is set to expand part of its operation due to increased business.

Love Local in Norwich on Gentleman's Walk.
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

The region’s high street retailers have reported a slowdown in summer sales as a result of fewer people hitting the shops.

A campaign has begun to save the HSBC bank in Reepham. Pictured are (from left) Michele Savage, Michelle Sambrooks, Brenda Gostling, Sally Jones, Jules Allen and Tom Oakley. Picture: Ian Burt

Reepham needs a bank. That is the message campaigners want to drive home after HSBC confirmed it would close its branch in the town’s Market Place in October.

Turbines  being installed at the Greater Gabbard wind farm, off the Suffolk coast.

Massive job losses announced by Shell and Centrica highlight the continued travails of the oil and gas industry. However, an energy industry champion for our region insists the potential of offshore wind can still make the future a bright one.

Hugo and Anna Stevenson at The Mill Cafe Bar and Restaurant at Yaxham. Picture: Denise Bradley

A village pub is set to close its doors as the venue’s owners decide to sell up because of ill health.

John Maxey in the Wisbech auction hall

The new National Living Wage has dealt a hammer blow to a Wisbech auction house which is blaming the compulsory pay rise for a decision to close this autumn.

A computer-generated image of how the Sizewell complex will look after construction of Sizewell C.

Development of Sizewell C took a huge step forward today as the companies were announced that will build its sister nuclear power station in Somerset.

Oyster Travel, Old Catton  Sophie Baker. picture by Adrian Judd

The region’s travel agents have reported a shift in holiday choice as a result of turbulence overseas.

Chapelfield shopping centre. Photo: Paul Hewitt; Copy:David Bale; For: EN news; EN pics © 2005; (01603) 772435

Intu, the owner of the Chapelfield Shopping Centre in Norwich, bagged a strong start to the year with a boost to earnings and income.

Alan Boswell of Alan Boswell Insurance and Financial Services Group, Norwich.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Alan Boswell Group bolstered its turnover by 8pc as the improving economic picture fuelled a rise in policy sales.

Royal Dutch Shell has said it plans to cut 6,500 jobs this year. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

British Gas doubled profits in the first half of the year, as its parent firm announced thousands of job losses.

The Naked Wines team. Picture submitted

A crowdfunded wine seller has launched a click-and-collect service, allowing its “Angels” to pick up their wine from high-street stores.

Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales officially launches  the new Lotus 3-Eleven at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

Car sales are on the up in the UK at the moment, fuelling more positive noises about the state of the UK economy. While Chinese share prices plummet and the Greek eurozone tragedy continues to play out, the UK motor industry, by contrast, remains a continuing success story.

John Potter and Mike Scott

Potters Resort might be all about having fun but members of its senior management team are deadly serious in their proposition to businesses across Norfolk.

Solar panels. Picture: Press Association

Energy experts have warned the region could lose out on future investment after the government announced it was consulting on plans to cut solar subsidies.

EDP Business Awards 2014 at the Norfolk Showground Arena, Costessey. All the award winners.

The countdown to the closing date for this year’s EDP Business Awards is now well under way – so businesses should hurry to make sure they get their entries in.

from left,  Iain Reid, director of Citygate, owners of Havenbridge House, Sheila Lock, director of children's services, James Joyce, chairman of children's services committee, Mick Castle, county councillor for Yarmouth North & Central outside Havenbridge House.

A landmark office block in Great Yarmouth has secured its first tenant since the completion of a £3m refurbishment by owners Citygate Developments.

Wroxham shopping precinct. Date: Nov 1975

High-street banks were once an essential part of everyday life, used for paying in cheques, withdrawing cash and paying bills.

Britannia Fire’s Jackie Neish and James Foster inspect and stack the P50s ready for packing for the first shipment to Germany in the company’s new contract with fire safety company Prymos.

A Norfolk-based company is bucking a trend and has added India to its long list of customers for its recyclable fire extinguishers.

Andrew Wheeler, head of office at Brewin Dolphin

How do you do the right thing in business?

The search is on to find Norfolk’s best employers and if your company stands out for the way it treats its staff then the EDP Business Awards wants to hear from you.

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

Pork producer Cranswick said its underlying sales lifted 4pc in the three months to the end of June, compared to a year ago, boosted by lower input prices and higher volume sales to Far Eastern markets.

Andrew Barnes, senior partner Howes Percival

Dynamism and agility are often the attributes that can help a business stay one step ahead, and the Business Development Award seeks out those companies which are able to innovate in order to boost their competitiveness.

Greg Smith, chief executive of the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association

The question of how we produce enough food to feed the country has never been more important, particularly in an era of globalised markets and significant pressures on production through changing climates and rising population numbers.

EDP Business Awards 2014 at the Norfolk Showground Arena, Costessey. Outstanding IT Initiative award winners Seaglaze Marine Windows. L-R Christopher Cooper from award sponsors Computer Service Centre and Alastair Clayton from Seaglaze.

Today’s modern business world is one in which the boundaries between software, hardware, communication equipment and business intelligence are closing.

MS Oakes, Sustainable Housing Development at Aldeburgh

Creating a sustainable place to live and work is central to the ethos of many businesses.

Simon Altham, MD of Hoseasons.

Picture: James Bass

Figures show 62pc of all gay people who graduate from university go back into the closet in their first job.

Prof Trevor Davies

Vision and a desire to innovate and take a business forward are often what makes a business leader stand out.

West Raynham Business Park near Fakenham is developing a blueprint for housing and industries to support each other on a self-sufficient new site. Picture: Jessica Staufenberg

Are you a farmer with an entrepreneurial streak? Or are you a rural business going from strength to strength?

The new High Altitude trampolining centre opens in Whiffler Road, Norwich.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Norwich’s first indoor trampoline park is to open tomorrow.

Artists impression of the new JD Wetherspoon pub at Kings Head Yard, Diss.

Pub chain J D Wetherspoon has made a fresh bid to open a pub in the heart of Diss.

Lead Norfolk Young Leaders Summit 2015. Kieran Miles from Lead Norfolk.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

An initiative aimed at finding the brightest young business leaders in Norfolk has already got off to a flying start.

A team is hoped to be formed that can perform in the town centre and elsewhere

Young artists, performers and entertainers are being sought to help boost Great Yarmouth’s arts offering after the town was chosen to take part in a national regeneration challenge.

The Great Yarmouth Outer Harbour operated by Eastport.

A maritime boss has expressed his “sincere” hope that Great Yarmouth’s port will be sold to a firm already in the shipping business.

Group Lotus CEO, Jean-Marc Gales, right, and Neale McArdle, training director at Poultec, as Lotus takes on 25 apprentices. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Car-maker Lotus has announced it is to take on a raft of new apprentices.

Andrew Lloyd Webber at Aylsham Parish Church earlier this year where he was learning about WiSpire from Rev Andrew Bean(left) and WiSpire operations director Steve Batson.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Archant has revealed bold plans to bring rural communities into the digital fast lane by joining forces with a local broadband provider.

Marks & Spencer will be opening a new foodhall in New Costessey. Photo credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

More than 60 jobs will be created in New Costessey when Marks & Spencer opens a new foodhall next month.

Standing before the countdown clock to Demo Day - (Left to Right) Ben Taylor (CEO & Co-Founder), James Duez (Chairman & Co-founder), Barry Mears, Dom Davis, Chris Wilkinson, Nathan Roberts

A leading figure in Norwich’s burgeoning technology sector has lifted the lid on life on a prestigious bootcamp-style mentoring programme for tech firms.

Barclays Bank on the High Street, Stalham which is due to close 28th September.

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

A Stalham bank which has been part of the town for more than 100 years is to close.

Broadlands Holiday Park leisure facilities have been acquired by Sentinel leisure trust. (Left) Stuart Everett from Sentinel leisure trust with Paul Spriggins (Tingdene)

Gym-goers will soon be able to access more facilities at more locations thanks to a new partnership.

Lotus Cars photographic team shooting one of many pictures of the new Lotus Evora 400 in the village of Heydon, as part of the new global advertising, brochure and marketing campaign for the Hethel based sports car company. Photo: Lotus Cars

It’s the sleek new supercar capable of top speeds of 186mph and reaching 0-60 in 4.1 seconds.

Ed Smith and Richard Wilkinson from Doisy and Dam chocolate. Picture: Right Hand PR

Super foods, vegan ingredients and gluten-free are not usually words that spring to mind when describing chocolate.

Young Norwich entrepreneur Kieran Miles. Photo by Simon Finlay.

A search has begun to find the business leaders of the future in a bid to secure employment in the region for decades to come.

The bank was targeted by ramraiders in 2012. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The closure of Reepham’s only bank will be a “major blow” to the town, it has been claimed.

An oil rig in the North Sea. A taskforce will offer help to energy sector businesses in East Anglia facing difficult times. Picture PA

Troubled firms in the region’s energy sector will be offered free business advice in a bid to stem the flow of companies being pushed to closure by the falling oil price.

North Norfolk new business awards 2015. Businesses who have been helped by the Enterprise North Norfolk scheme mark their success at the Rocket House, Cromer.

Another flock of fledgling businesses have taken off in north Norfolk.

Mark Goodall (left), of New Anglia LEP, answer a question during the EEEGR summer conference at Norwich City Football Club. Picture Keiron Tovell

The challenges facing the region’s energy industry were brought into sharp focus yesterday when business leaders gathered at Norwich City Football Club for the East of England Energy Group’s (EEEGR) summer conference. Business editor

Ben Woods explores the difficulties facing the industry – and how it might recover

NAPO members working for the probation service picketing Centenary House in Norwich. Photo: Bill Smith

Probation unions will meet today to discuss voluntary severance deals offered to workers in Norfolk and Suffolk.

Nigel Duncan, STG Aerospace’s chief executive.

STG Aerospace, the Swaffham-based aircraft lighting manufacturer, has bolstered its American footprint by launching a new manufacturing plant in Miami.

Naked Wines, founder Rowan Gormely (left), managing director Eamon Fitzgerald. Picture submitted.

Online retailer Naked Wines has swung into profit after an upsurge in members drove home a stronger financial performance.

Vision of the dudgeon operation and maintenance base, which will be build by RG Carter. Picture submitted

One of Norfolk’s biggest companies has secured a contract to build the operations hub for a giant wind farm off the East Anglian coast.

Jennie Brooker of Special-FX  a new business using animals to help people with self confidence and  social learning issues. Her daughter Jessica Spooner (16) was helped by Smartie the pony, helping to transform her from a girl who would not go to school due to bullying and anxiety problems to a girl now aiming to be a vet.

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

A mother who watched her daughter suffer with crippling anxiety found an innovative method of recovery - all it took was some horsing around.

NW Brown's  premises in Unthank Road, Norwich. The financial services firm has bought a slice of Cambrdige Insurance brokers S-Tech. Photo: Bill Smith

East Anglian financial services business NW Brown has snapped up a slice of a Cambridge insurance brokers.

Proxama' s Neil Garner, who has stepped aside as chief executive of the company. John Kennedy has been appointed as interim chief executive . Photo: Steve Adams

The chief financial officer of Proxama, the mobile phone technology business, will take over as the chief executive in the short term

Cavendish House in Norwich will be home to a new state of the art digital user research lab

Creative industry start ups looking to establish their businesses are being targeted as part of a new venture in Norwich.

Unemployment continues to fall across the east. Picture date: Tuesday September 16, 2014. Photo credit should read: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Unemployment in the East of England fell by 13,000 in the three months to May, official figures have revealed.

Chris Jeckells: current boss of Jeckells which has been making sails for seven generations.

The Government’s push to champion apprenticeships highlighted in last week’s budget has left the bosses of one Norfolk business scratching their heads.

New boat to be built by Alicat

Great Yarmouth based boatbuilder Alicat Workboats has signed a deal with a US company to help both firms reach new global markets.

The Bungay branch of Barclays Bank is set to close.

The president of Bungay Chamber of Trade has spoken of his disappointment following the news that Barclays will be closing its branch in the town.

Anti-austerity protesters hold Greek flags. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

East Anglian businesses have suffered a confidence knock-back triggered by the uncertainty sweeping through international markets, a report has found.

Amanda Bond, Visit Suffolk brand manager

The rapid growth of a holiday accommodation firm is a symbol of the region’s buoyant tourism trade, an industry leader has claimed.

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