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Dennis Blackmore, Managing Director of Learning Resources in King's Lynn.

A business based in King’s Lynn has been exploring potential opportunities in Germany through an international network established to renew the town’s medieval trading ties.

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Date: Aug 2014. Picture: MIKE PAGE

Serco, the embattled outsourcing company, has landed an £85m contract extension at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH).

Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde smiles as she leaves after a meeting of eurozone heads of state at the EU Council building in Brussels on Monday, July 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

Easy access to European markets has spurred more than the half the region’s businesses to back calls for Britain to remain in the European Union, research has found.

KSD welders

A Great Yarmouth fabrication company is poised to double its workforce after winning a contract worth nearly £1m.

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An acute skills shortage in the construction industry is driving up wages and restricting the number of new homes in the region, according to industry chiefs.

James Knight who runs the Waveney River Centre at Burgh St Peter.

Picture: James Bass

It is a typical English summer’s day with storm clouds brewing and the first spots of rain in the air.

Great Yarmouth seafront on a beautiful summers day.

Picture: James Bass

The fear of traffic jams at Channel ports may be one of the reasons driving a surge in holidays at home, says Hoseasons managing director Simon Altham.

Jonathon Simpkins Bluespace Managing Director. Photo : Steve Adams

Offices across the region are one-step ahead thanks to a Norwich-based design company which brings modern architecture and creativity into the workplace.

Grey Seal coffee roasters have opened a new coffee shop in Blakeney on Saturday. The coffee is roasted in North Norfolk where it can be bought online and in the shop. Pictured from left David Lane, Marc Sangster and Tobias Sangster-Bullers. 


Artisan coffee is finding a home at the coast thanks to a new company which roasts beans from around the world in north Norfolk.

An office worker views a graph showing movement in the FTSE 100 Index, as it fell by as much as 190 points to dip below the 6,000-mark for the first time in more than two and a half years. PRESS ASSOCIATION.

Fears that an economic slowdown in China was starting to become intrenched triggered ructions in the financial markets as the FTSE 100 index plunged by nearly 5pc.

FTSE falls on China fears. Picture PA stock.

Global shares have plunged amid market panic over China’s slowdown. Why has this happened and what does it mean?

The Naked Wines team. Picture submitted

Norwich-based online retailer Naked Wines has introduced a new service that will allow wine lovers to order their favourite tipple by text.

Will Mallon has branched out to set up his own agricultural machine dealership WM Agri in Little Fransham. Picture: Matthew Usher.

A Norfolk farmer has branched out from the family business to realise his dream of setting up his own machine sales enterprise.

Launch event of  Apprenticeships Broadland new prospectus at The Forum, Norwich. Photo : Steve Adams

There is an alternative to university – that’s the message being given to young people by a new training scheme.

Prime Minister David Cameron visits Archant's head office in Norwich where he met apprentices at the media company.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Prime minister David Cameron visited EDP publisher Archant’s Norwich headquarters while on a tour of the region.

Bernard Matthews will sponsor The Simpsons of Channel 4 as part of its re-brand strategy. Chief executive Rob Burnett with the new look lorry. Picture submitted.

The “bootiful” brand helped transform Bernard Matthews into a dinner-time staple, while making its founder an unlikely advertising star.

Laura Willimot and her brother David Spooner inside Godfreys department store after it got a makeover from retail guru Mary Portas. It has been announced that the company is applying to the court to go into administration.

A major family-run Lowestoft department store which found national fame after being featured on a television programme with retail guru Mary Portas has gone into administration.

Pasta Foods at their new site at Forest Way, Costessey. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Norfolk firm Pasta Foods has been handed almost £3m in a grant and two separate loans from the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) in just two years. But do the deals represent good value for money and should the taxpayer effectively be asked to step in and help a private firm in such a way? Investigations editor David Powles reports.

Jack Passant with the jackets that change colour when wet that his company Holly and Beau. Photo : Steve Adams

The entrepreneurs behind a children’s clothing range which changes colour in the rain have set their sights on breaking the American market after smashing their crowdfunding target of £50,000.

Steve Magnall, chief executive of St Peter's Brewery. Picture submitted.

The boss of a Suffolk brewer has revealed bold plans to put the business on a firmer financial footing after it mounted bigger losses.

Justin Haines, director of Haines Marine

The experience of Norfolk’s boatbuilders largely supports new national research reporting an increase in the production of leisure craft last year.

Horning Ferry Marina boat builder Geoff Pardon at work on a new hybrid cruiser.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Horning Ferry Marina has unveiled plans to join the silent revolution on the Broads with the launch of a new holiday cruiser for the 2016 season with a hybrid diesel/electric engine.


A Norfolk tourism operator is reporting “astounding” levels of online bookings made possible by a website upgrade.

Happy senior man sitting on the wheelchair assisted by his wife

Investors are keeping a close eye on East Anglian businesses carving a slice from the booming £43bn care sector, industry experts have said.

NR Care. Front, Rebekah Bedingfield and Nathan Slater with staff members. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

A care company launched from a spare bedroom three years ago is about to break the million-pound barrier with a record turnover.

Coda Plastics Ltd in North Walsham which makes products for St Tropez, Worthington and Imperial Leather has recently taken on new people and has a projected turnover of £6m for this year, pictured is Nick Tate standing next to a extrusion moulding machine. 


St Tropez, Imperial Leather and Jeyes are among the unlikely household products with parts manufactured at home in Norfolk.

Scott Walker and Dean Easter of Solar Signs and Graphics with their children Maddic(10) and Esha(6) Walker and Connor(17) Easter. Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

A bid to solve the problem of childcare after the death of his wife has led a father of two to quit his job and set up his own business.

Woodland Park Equestrian Centre in South Walsham. Pictured are Tessa Plane (second right), her daughter Lyndsey, son Daniel and mother June Marjoram.  Picture: James Bass

Much-loved farmer Robin Marjoram provided scores of youngsters with a workshop to fix their cars, and a place to stay out of “trouble”.

A sign is placed into the window of the former Palmers store in Dereham, showing the new name Chattels of Dereham, which is opening soon. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Chattels is still going ahead - that was the defiant message from owners after rumours that plans for the shopping destination had fallen through.

Shringham Shoal Offshore Windfarm

The UK is missing out on vital investment in manufacturing to support offshore wind to Germany and other countries because of the current lack of clarity in the government’s future strategy for the sector, an industry champion claims.

Panayoitis Dornan, 53, from Access Community Trust in Lowestoft. Pic: Submitted.

Half a million pounds is being made available to try to help some of the most disadvantaged people in Norfolk and Suffolk back into work.

Simon Bax, chairman of Archant

Archant has reported a positive start to the year and modest revenue growth in a letter to shareholders from chairman Simon Bax.

Business feature at the Ivy House Hotel, Oulton Broad with Adrian Parton and his cousin Keith Parton.

For an academic turned entrepreneur who had spent half his life building up science based enterprises before selling them for millions, the hotel trade was quite a departure.

Naked Wines new Norwich 'Google' style office space complete with slide demonstrated by MD Eamon Fitzgerald.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

A slide is no longer solely a feature of the playground Sabah Meddings spoke to a company which brings a little fun into work.

The entrance to a jobcentre plus near Westferry in East London. Photo: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Unemployment in east of England rose by 9,000 in the quarter to June, official figures have revealed.

An investor looks at the stock price monitor. (AP Photo)

Bank of England governor Mark Carney has hinted that an interest rate rise is “drawing closer” as the economic picture continues to improve. But how much ground has the UK economy made since the financial crisis? Business editor Ben Woods investigates the state of the nation.

Production lines at anovo in Norwich. Photo: Bill Smith

Anovo UK, the smartphone repairs company, said it has a “solid springboard” to launch back into profit after being hit by volatility in the Asian market.

2Posh2Pitch Princess Charlotte tent

Businesses across North Norfolk have been trailblazing the county’s royal connections in a move to boost tourism.

3 Sun working on the Greater Gabbard Wind Farm

3sun Group, specialist provider of products and services to the global energy industry, has further enhanced its offering by launching a fully comprehensive asset integrity service.

Business Feature on Norfolk Sloe Company based in Fakenham - From left, Zoe Emmerson, Nicola Kershaw, Keith Emmerson, Pat Saunders, Will Kershaw, Leanne Kershaw and Sarah Saunders. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Patrick Saunders, 50, has turned his grandmother’s secret recipe for sloe gin into an unlikely business success story that has started to win national recognition.

Picture: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

The economy is improving, there are more jobs around, and greater choice for workers. So is it time we asked for a pay rise? Sabah Meddings reports.

Young people who are interested in a future in engineering, including Norfolk participants( front l to r) James Bayliss, Val Bond and Jake Kennedy attend a week-long course includes team building exercises at Bramley Lakes centre in Horsford. Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Camping, canoeing and team building helped the region’s engineers of the future learn leadership skills as part of an activities week.

Students visiting Archant to learn about the media. Photo : Steve Adams

Archant editors shared their expertise with Saudi Arabian students from universities across the UK, as part of training in media and crisis management.

A Shell logo at a petrol station in London. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

A number of companies from the region are likely to benefit from the dismantling of a large North Sea platform, it is hoped.

David Cato(right) and his team that is launching a new business, Wearable Concepts, which designs accessories for biking and training.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

A pioneering Norwich-based business has launched a bold bid for a slice of the lucrative wearable technology industry – set to be worth £12bn by 2018.

CAMRA is hoping to support more pubs in the region.

The Norfolk branch of the Campaign for Real Ale is stepping up its efforts to protect pubs across the region from closure.

The new penguin enclosure called Penguin Cove at Banham Zoo which is in the top 10 regional league table for attraction visitor numbers.

Attractions in the East of England have seen the biggest increase in visitor numbers of any region in the country, according to a new survey.

Installation contractors Steve and Scott Cozens with David Marsh, centre

The new lights along Great Yarmouth’s Golden Mile have been hailed as a bright indicator of the benefits brought by the tourism focused business improvement district (BID) brought in earlier this year.

Aylsham parish church.

A pioneering initiative to improve rural broadband using church towers to beam high-speed wireless internet has appointed a new chief executive.

Aviva flag on the company's heaquarters on Surrey Street, Norwich.
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George Osborne’s plan to allow savers to release cash from their pension pots has been taken up by less than 1pc of Aviva’s savers, according to company chiefs.

Busseys at Whiffler Road is undergoing refurbishment to become FordStore. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Within barely a mile of the Drayton Road Junction with Sweet Briar Road on the boundary of Norwich, something interesting is happening to the retail scene.

Aviva's claims department at Willow House, Broadland Business Park, Norwich
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Insurance giant Aviva said it was ahead of plan with moves to combine Friends Life after its £6.5 billion tie-up, but stressed the integration was “nowhere near complete”.

Ruth Codling, Langford lettings agency.

Women who run their own business while juggling a family are generating billions of pounds and supporting thousands of jobs, a new study has found.

Ben Taylor and James Duez of  Rainbird.
Photo by Simon Finlay.

Rainbird, the artificial intelligence firm, has announced plans to bolster its workforce after securing a cash-injection from an equity investment fund.

Euan Macpherson, of the Crisp Malting Group

Crisp Malting Group, the malt producer, has pinpointed growth in craft brewery market as an antidote to falling beer and whisky sales.

Kettle Chips. Picture: Submitted

A former Tesco commercial director is to replace outgoing Kettle Foods chief Dominic Lowe who is to retire after four years at the helm.

The management team at LJ Create following its management buy-out. From left to right, Chris Rowe, managing director; Chris Turner, product director; and Paul Goldsworthy, finance director. Picture submitted.

A Norwich business has fired the starting gun on an international expansion after sealing a management buyout which has brought the company back into UK ownership.

Camvac has celebrated 50 years in Thetford. Steve Jackson, right, with three of the company's former directors

The products it makes are in ten pound notes, crisp packets and the packaging of your microwave chips.

Chris Durdin

Former RSPB employee Chris Durdin began organising wildlife holidays in an era when green tourism was far less mainstream.

Ross Mendham of Bare Naked Noodles.

Holland and Barratt, Morrisons and now Waitrose, the health-loving Wymondham entrepreneur behind Bare Naked Foods has seen his business grow into a national brand.

Helen Kirkham, from Thorpe St Andrew, has launched her Mrs Gleam cleaning products after she got fed up with harsh, chemical-filled products on the market.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Entrepreneur Helen Kirkham has achieved her dream of stocking her range of family-friendly cleaning products in supermarkets across the region.

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