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Aviva, formerly Norwich Union, Surrey Street, Norwich. Photo: Steve Adams

One of the biggest insurance mergers in a decade has overcome a major hurdle after shareholders overwhelmingly backed Aviva’s proposed takeover of Friends Life.

Wayne Hemingway MBE, of Hemingwaydesign, speaks at Broadand District Council's Regional Energy Efficiency Growth Conference, held at The Space, Norwich. Picture: KEITH WHITMORE

Housebuilders and developers must place economic and social sustainability on the same footing as meeting environmental targets when designing or revamping homes and communities, a conference in Norfolk heard today.

Stuart Baker, right, and Malcolm Tuff of Hughes in the new Swaffham store.

Retailer Hughes Electrical has strengthened its position in a Norfolk market town by snapping up a rival business.

The existing Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm off north Norfolk. Work has started on the nearby Dudgeon windfarm off Cromer -  but on land to begin with.  Picture: Ian Burt

Work has begun on the onshore cabling which will connect a new Norfolk offshore wind farm to the National Grid.

Jonathan Adnams, chairman of Southwold-based Adnams.

Southwold-based Adnams today announced increased annual sales and profits, and confirmed a £7.5million investment in its brewing and distilling operations.

Beacon Park Enterprise Zone on the edge of Gorleston next to the A12.

Picture: James Bass

Foundation work is under way for two new medium-sized industrial units at Beacon Park, in Gorleston, as the enterprise zone site continues to set the pace for economic growth in the borough.

Some business experts in Norfolk have said the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal between the US and EU should protect small enterprises. Picture: PA

A future trade deal between the UK and the US could affect small businesses by “flooding the market” with lower-quality American products, an East of England accountancy firm has warned.

Bobby and Fiona Burrgae, with the help of their son Stanley, have set up lifestyle brand based graphic design product company Nor-folk.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

A pair of graphic designers who have turned their personal styles into a marketable brand have seen significant growth as a result of using social media channel Instagram.

Michael Heseltine at Easton & Otley College to look at the progression of their new construction centre. Pictured signing the growth deal alongside Mark Pendlington, chairman of New Anglia LEP.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Political heavyweight Michael Heseltine said East Anglia will not be ignored in its quest to become a major economic powerhouse.

The Norwich Women's Business Network launch their partnership with the Norfolk Community Foundation. Picture: submitted.

A women’s business networking group has launched a community fund to make £1000 available for new projects its members would like to support.

Steve Dennis

A Norwich car hire broker is warning travellors to avoid pricing scams ahead of the first major holiday of the year at Easter.

Vicky Manthorpe from the Norwich Society.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

The Norwich Society is seeking to increase its corporate membership to assist it in its important work as a planning watchdog and font of ideas to enhance the city environment.

Lucy Kenyon in the kitchen at her house-style shop at Alby Crafts. PICTURE: Karen Bethell

When interior design enthusiast Lucy Kenyon came up with the idea of opening her own home furnishings shop, she decided to do something “a bit different”.

Holiday Inn Norwich North general manager Bill Heath with the refurbished swimming pool at the hotel.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

A hotel group director hailed the “green shoots of recovery” in the sector as the Holiday Inn Norwich North unveiled the fruits of its £2.5m refurbishment programme.

Structure-Flex completes it's move to the former Cromer Crab factory on Holt Road, pictured is staff of the factory.

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

A derelict crab factory in Cromer has been given a £1.5m lease of life in the hands of new owners, Structure-flex.

Michael Heseltine at Easton & Otley College to look at the progression of their new construction centre. Pictured with Mark Pendlington, chairman of New Anglia LEP, Sally Bendall, chair of governors and Christina Sadler interim principal. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Work on a construction training centre for the next generation of bricklayers and builders in Norfolk was formally acknowledged by a visit from political heavyweight Lord Michael Heseltine.

Celia Anderson, (left) who is leaving Skills for Energy, part of the East of England Energy Group (EEEGR) with Gemma Head, Skills for Energy programme manager.

A boss at the East of England Energy Group (EEEGR) has left the organisation to help power an award-winning market intelligence firm.

Signing the Youth Pledge: Nick Boles, Chloe Smith, Peter Aldous and Ben Gummer

“There is a place, a job and a role for everybody of every talent in this region and we need to make sure that there are opportunities for these people.”

Simon Gray of Credo Asset Finance

Norwich-based finance firm Credo is offering to help the dreams of young entrepreneurs through its new youth fund offering interest free lending.

Greater Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement area chairman David Marsh.

Picture: James Bass

Businesses fighting the way a controversial tourism tax has been administered in Great Yarmouth say they are pleased their concerns are at last being listened to.

Mark Pendlington, chairman of New Anglia LEP, at the announcement of the 'growth deal' for region with an extra £50m of cash to boost business.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Transforming East Anglia into a hotbed of economic growth remains the central focus of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership.

Godfrey's department store has undergone many changes after being part of a TV show with Mary Portas.
Laura Willimot and her brother David Spooner inside the new look store.

One of Lowestoft’s best-known department stores has put its premises up for sale just months after being given a revamp by retail guru Mary Portas – but has insisted it is staying in the town.

Jayne Raffles, co-director of Raffles Restaurants including Pinocchio's, in Norwich. Picture: submitted

Bosses have sold a well-known Italian restaurant in Norwich after 23 years running the business.

Caroline Williams, chief executive of the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce, and Jason Williams, business manager at the Chamber. Picture: Jessica Staufenberg

An annual networking event matched more than 300 suppliers and buyers from across the region in a drive to increase business between companies which might not know each other, said its organisers.

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An ecologically responsible kit for changing babies’ nappies has won a green design award before being officially launched by its designers.

Home improvements business Anglia First have seen growth as the economic recession have encouraged more owners to do up their houses rather than move. Picture: PA.

A Norfolk home improvements company that has seen rapid expansion in staff numbers and profits over the last seven years 
has announced plans to expand beyond East Anglia.

Election 2015. Adam and Aimee Gedge from Norwich.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

First-time buyers looking to to get a foot on the property ladder will receive a top-up to their savingsif they apply for a new Help to Buy ISA, the chancellor announced.

Rupert Farquharson, managing director of Woodforde's Brewery at Woodbastwick. Photo: Bill Smith

A 1p a pint cut in beer duty may have earned the Chancellor applause in the House but the region’s breweries and pubs remain highly sceptical about the impact.

Job Centre. Photo: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Unemployment in East Anglia rose by 2,000 in the quarter to January, official figures have revealed.

Cyclists from Nwes, with Amanda Lansom and her brother Nick Lane, front right, from the Rachel Lane Fund, celebrate raising funds from their bike ride across Italy. From left, front row, John Clarke. Back row, Carl West, Al Parsons, Kevin Home, and Richard Voisey. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The lung-busting efforts of a group of Norfolk businessmen has helped raise more than £2,300 for a local charity.

The committee of the newly-formed Federation of Small Business (FSB) Connect Young Members' Group, chaired by Kieran Miles, far right. Picture: submitted.

A networking group for young entrepreneurs has launched for the first time in Norfolk to counter-balance the older, more experienced business groups which predominate in the region, according to its members.

Greater Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement area chairman David Marsh.

Picture: James Bass

A Government minister has called for changes to a controversial tourism tax in Great Yarmouth to “provide a fresh start” for the business improvement district (BID) that administers it.

Norfolk Boat Sales' redevelopment of the marina at Brundall.
Sales Manager Matthew Stone at the marina.

Picture: James Bass

A Norfolk boat sales firm has doubled its turnover in two years - from £2m to £4m - as it looks to cement its position as a national player at a newly refurbished marina.

Post offices moving in stores

A post office has opened in one of East of England Co-op’s Suffolk stores as part of a rolling programme of transfers.

Fountain Partnership team 
Photo by Simon Finlay.

Norwich-based digital marketing agency and EDP Future 50 member, Fountain Partnership, has continued its rapid expansion by opening a new office in Haymarket, London.

A shopper looking at fresh produce in a supermarket. Picture read: PA Photo/Thinkstockphotos.

Small East Anglian food firms are resisting dealing with supermarkets because of cultural reasons rather than financial barriers, according to a new survey.

David Caddle, MAS area director for the east. Picture: submitted

Manufacturers across the east are remaining optimistic about increasing their sales despite fears of a sector slowdown, according to research.

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne (left) and Treasury Chief Secretary Danny Alexander leave the Treasury in London for the House of Commons. Picture date: Hannah McKay/PA Wire

Business leaders must take urgent action to push the needs of UK plc up the political agenda to ensure the private sector can keep creating wealth for the country.

Launch of the new state of the art cruiser Dazzling Light by Herbert Woods at Potter Heigham.
Chief Executive of the Broads Authority John Packman with Herbert Woods partner Michael Whitaker.
Picture: James Bass

Broads hire boat firm Herbert Woods has launched the first of two new state-of-the-art cruisers in a combined £300,000 investment for the 2015 season.

The new 3AAA Academy ( Aspire Achieve Advance ), Surrey Street. Apprentice accountant Sam Day with MP Chloe Smith and Chris Jenner. Photo : Steve Adams

A new training academy in Norwich has sent a positive message to companies across the county - we can help bridge your skills gaps.

Keith Murphy of GDF Suez, speaking at the EEEGR Southern North Sea conference. Picture submitted.

Norfolk’s energy sector is to play a pivotal role in servicing one of the southern North Sea’s largest gas discoveries for quarter of a century.

Phil Webster MD of Icefresh Foods Ltd in Holt with the newly launched Minion Ice Cream Lollies which will be sold at Asda and Morrisons.

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

A frozen desserts and ice cream business has scooped a contract to sell lollies of a popular cartoon character to major supermarkets.

Huw Sayer, new organiser at digi-tech forum Hot Source in Norwich.

An innovation forum in Norwich for the region’s creative and digital thinkers is working to bring technology and business closer together and support new areas of growth, according to its newest organiser.

Aviva on Surrey Street, Norwich. Photo: Steve Adams.

British “compensation culture” is behind a near-record high for whiplash injury claims and is costing the country’s motorists more than £2.5bn in insurance premiums, according to research by insurance giant Aviva.

Morrisons supermarket. Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Supermarket Morrisons has slumped to a loss of £792m after it wrote down the value of its store estate in the face of tough market conditions.

Byron Rawlings of The Blogger Programme, based in White Space, St James Mill, Norwich. Photo: Steve Adams

Some of the largest brands in the fashion world have partnered with a Norwich start-up which gives access to bloggers with significant online influence.

Lindsey Rix, UK Chief Operating Office for Aviva. Picture submitted

Aviva’s UK chief operating officer said the region has a bright future as she joined the board of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

Norse Commercial Services. Transport mechanics at work. Picture submitted

Norse Commercial Services has mounted record sales growth after securing and renewing more than 150 contracts.

Alison Johnson, front, managing director of Food Forensics, with her team at the lab at the Norwich Research Park. From left, Ric van Heerden, technician; Simon Johnson, technician; Paul Jackson, projects co-ordinator; Dr Jane Heavens, project manager; and Dr Rob Posey, lab manager. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

A food-testing laboratory from Norwich has opened its first international branch in Shanghai as the demand for trustworthy ingredients grows.

The team at the new loan lender business, Talk Loans, in Prince of Wales Road. From left, Callum Smith, loan expert; Rob Westbury, CEO; Alex Clarke, head of marketing; and David Butler, director of operations. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

A new loans company in Norwich believes the improving market will allow rapid expansion.

Claire Tidy, the new owner of the Galley Horning, a deli, café and gift shop, who is backing the new Made in North Norfolk initiative. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

A new tourism drive to promote artisans across north Norfolk can provide a significant boost to the local economy, it is claimed.

Business feature at St Peters Brewery with MD Colin Cordy.

A small East Anglian brewery has succeeded in exporting the taste of English beers right around the world. Stephen Pullinger reports.

Broom boats developing a new national apprenticeship scheme for industry.
Broom Boats apprentices Oliver Reed and James Gibson in the workshop.

Picture: James Bass

Norfolk boatbuilder Broom is helping the marine industry tackle head on a nationwide skills shortage ahead of its planned move to a new £10m production centre.

Potatoes checked for size and defects at Kettle Chips factory at Bowthorpe.

The search is on for eight industry leaders with the appetite to help the food, drink and agriculture supply chain reach its full potential as a driver for growth and jobs in Norfolk and Suffolk.

G4S. Photo: PA Wire

Outsourcing giant G4S has posted its first improvement in profit in four years, despite a fresh £45 million hit from its troubled UK Government contracts.

Dennis Pollard(centre) of Construction Training Specialists Ltd (CTS) with some of the apprentices who have been restoring Broadland District Council Training Services' old base at Hellesdon Park.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

The region’s employment picture continues to strengthen despite far-reaching concerns about the number of new apprenticeships being created across the country.

Visit Norfolk Brand Manager Pete Waters.
Pic by Keiron Tovell © Keiron Tovell Photography

A major tourism campaign has been launched on the London Underground to highlight the improved accessibility of Norfolk following the completion of A11 dualling.

Landlord Ricky Malt with lager

A popular village pub believes it is the first on the Broads to offer its very own brand of lager.

A school workshop with Camouflaged Learning, which encourages pupils in East Anglia to learn about engineering. Submitted.

The battle to attract the so-called ‘Generation Y’ of future employees to work in the region’s energy industry needs to begin at primary school, a major conference was told yesterday.

The Virgin Money Lounge in Castle Street, Norwich. Picture: Denise Bradley

Virgin Money has more than doubled its profits in the mortgage lender’s first set of annual results since it floated last year.

Aviva, Marble Hall building, Norwich. Photo: Steve Adams

Insurer Aviva has insisted its turnaround has much further to go, despite a rise in annual profits and a big jump in its shareholder dividend.

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