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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.

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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.
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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. 
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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.

James Wortley and Emily Groves from Indigo Swan.
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A firm which aims to take the hassle out of energy bills is eyeing double-turnover plans after a 40pc sales boost last year.

Anglian Group chief executive Brian McCluskie. Picture Richard Lee

A high-level change of ownership has secured the future of home improvements firm Anglian Group - in what appears to be a bold move to reduce its debt and invest in growth.

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

Poultry producer Bernard Matthews says an ongoing turnaround bid has succeeded in narrowing the company’s losses – despite posting a £30m drop in sales

Artists impression of Norwich Aviation Academy

A seven-point plan to turn young aeroplane enthusiasts into the aviation workforce of the future has been launched in parliament.

File photo dated 15/01/14 of a broadband router and cable. Fairy lights on Christmas trees could cause slower broadband speeds, regulator Ofcom has warned, as it launched a new app to test Wi-Fi in homes.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday December 1, 2015. The watchdog estimated up to six million homes and offices could improve their broadband connection, saying wireless networks are often not set-up correctly or suffer

UNRELIABLE broadband and a lack of mobile phone signal makes it almost impossible for some businesses to work in North Norfolk, according to a local business leader.

Construction workers on a housebuilding site, as growth in the UK's construction sector in December picked up from a seven-month low in November, boosted by a rise in house building and commercial work. Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Almost 100 vacancies are currently being advertised in the building trade in Norfolk, as one industry chief says the “wonderful” industry is being hurt by a huge skills shortage.

Homebase Logo Camberley, Surrey. Photo credit: Tim Ockenden/PA Archive. Unique Reference No. 3831085 ... Picture date:28th July , 2006.

Argos owner Home Retail Group, which is being pursued by supermarket Sainsbury’s, has agreed to sell DIY chain Homebase to Australian conglomerate Wesfarmers for £340 million.

An aerial shot of Voewood by photographer Chris Taylor

In recent years the arrival of the drone has opened up a whole new world to photographers and their clients.

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.

SUCCESS: Helen Cavill, left, collects her award from science journalist Sarah Cruddas.

A woman from Lowestoft has encouraged more young people to think about a career in engineering after she scooped a top industry prize.

Subsea Protection Systems managing director Fred Rogers and project manager Andrew Griffin show Environment Secretary Liz Truss, Great Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis (far right) and Great Yarmouth Borough Council leader Graham Plant (far left) the company’s first coast protection scheme at Scratby after 20 years’ providing solutions for seabed erosion.

Dwindling offshore projects due to a falling oil price have led one company to diversify into flood-defence work and coastal protection.

Business for Britain held its first East of England regional meeting. The group urged businesses to join in with the EU debate ahead of the referendum. Pictured is John May, regional chairman of Business for Britain. Photo : Steve Adams

Businesses across the region are being urged to get involved in the debate over the nation’s relationship with Europe ahead of Britain’s referendum on European Union membership.

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The corporate team at PwC saw the value of deals it advised on reach £1bn for 2015, and is predicted a vibrant 2016.

Graham Tuttle, chief executive of Norfolk Community Foundation. Photo: Bill Smith

More than 200 people across Norfolk and Suffolk will be supported into employment thanks to additional funding from New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

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