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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.

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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.

Alan O'Neill, owner of CHPV Offshore Energy Media Service, has moved the company to the Orbis centre in Lowestoft which overlooks the southern North Sea industry. Picture: submitted

A media company which specialises in photographing the energy industry has moved into offices on the Suffolk North Sea coast to be nearer to the heart of changes in the sector.

The former Cemex site in Dereham. Picture: Ian Burt

Dereham’s traffic problems came under the spotlight as councillors approved plans for a new supermarket.

Smart phones and tablets will bring a significant increase to retail spending in the east of England region over the next five years, according to a report. Picture: PA.

The use of smartphones and tablets will cause retail spending to increase by 231pc in the east of England over the next five years, a rate second only to London, according to a survey.

The Federation of Small Businesses hustings taking place at the UEA.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

A modest audience of 16 at the FSB hustings did not stop the prospective parliamentary candidates for Norwich South setting out their very different camps on how businesses should run - or be run.

Owner of Naked Wines Rowan Gormley. Photo: Jerry Daws.

Retailer Majestic Wine is to buy online rival Naked Wines for up to £70 million.

Home secretary Theresa May visiting Aid Industrial part of the 3 Sun Group on Harfreys Industrial Estate.

Picture: James Bass

Home secretary Theresa May praised the work of an offshore firm during a regional tour, which she hailed as “fascinating”.

Heinz factory at Westwick near North Walsham. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

A union is pushing for jobs to be saved after unexpected news that the doomed Heinz factory in North Walsham has been bought by a major potato supplier.

Construction work on the new Dunelm store near Asda, Lowestoft.

Work is already underway to transform an “eyesore” building that has been vacant for eight years and was labelled Suffolk’s ugliest building in 2006.

Pig. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Norfolk sausage maker Cranswick saw home its year end with a strong final quarter thanks to a 4pc hike in sales.

The AKD site in Lowestoft.

Lowestoft-based oil and gas services provider AKD Engineering is to close, with the loss of more than 100 jobs.

Jean Marc Gales, chief executive of Lotus, launching the new Evora at the Geneva motor show. Picture submitted

Group Lotus’ car sales have entered the growth fast lane as it recorded its best performance for seven years.

Manufacturing. Photo: Steve Adams

Nerves over the outcome of the general election are being blamed for a slight slowdown in the Norfolk economy.

Picture shows Warsaw, Palace of Culture and Science, panorama
Story about growing business links between Norfolk and Poland.
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Picture from Polish Tourist Office

A delegation of East of England businesses has visited Poland to further build on the increase in trade brought about by the expansion of the European Union.

Daya Thayan, CEO of Kingsley Healthcare based in Lowestoft.

Picture: James Bass

East Anglian care provider Kingsley Healthcare has embarked on a £200m-plus expansion strategy to become a familiar national brand within five years.

The Norwich Gaming Festival gets under way at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

As the Norwich video gaming festival saw fingers pressed to buttons on everything from cutting-edge 3D physics puzzles to retro classics, entrepreneurs said the city was “getting there” as a hub to rival Cambridge and elsewhere.

The team from Naked Wines

Online wine retailer Naked Wines is toasting a rosy - or rather rosé - outlook after a sharp rise in Easter sales.

Yaxham Waters

Holiday park entrepreneur Timothy Hay hailed the significance of A11 dualling as he announced further investment in Yaxham Waters, a lodge development near Dereham.

Ruth and Julian Kitcher in their Jerusalem street food eatery called Ruth's Kitchen in Magdalen Street. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

A Jerusalem-inspired restaurant which was opened under seven months ago by a husband and wife team has shot to 11th place out of 679 eating places in Norwich on a ratings site for the city.

UK economic growth remained steady in the last three months with weaker performances in some sectors, according to the Confederation of British Industry. Picture: PA

Economic growth in the UK held steady in the three months to March with businesses expecting the outlook to strengthen, according to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

Keith Carter is retiring, from Carter's Coaches aged 86. Picture: Matthew Usher.

A lifetime’s work has seen Keith Carter behind the steering wheel at his family firm – but at the age of 86, the grandfather has decided it is time to give up the driver’s seat and pass the company to the next generation.

Carl Lamb at Almary Green. Picture; NEWSMAKERS

Independent financial advisers Almary Green has added £30m worth of funds and 600 clients to its books after snapping up a firm in Lowestoft.

Mike Holmes Eastern Daily Press election panel member. Photo : Steve Adams

Norfolk workers have remained tight-lipped about asking for a pay rise despite signs of strength in the UK economy.

A family group cycling at Center Parcs

Center Parcs has unveiled plans to make serious inroads into the Irish market by ploughing £146m into a new holiday village.

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