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The East of England Co-op has beefed up its security services to launch a new arm of the business.

Fears have been raised that small firms will be hit the hardest by a hike in auto-enrolment contributions which came into effect last week.

The gender pay gap figures are in – and some of them aren’t pretty. The main finding is the gender inequality which persists at senior and board level. Bethany Whymark reports.

A Norfolk-based outsourcing group has added nearly £100m in forward orders in the last year, helped by public sector contracts.

Becoming a “simpler, stronger” group will allow Aviva to give more back to its shareholders this year, according to new figures.

East Anglian facilities giant Servest is expected to pass the £1bn turnover mark following an acquisition.

Speakers from diverse backgrounds explained how they built happy, healthy workforces, as the Best Employers scheme kicked off. Mark Shields reports.

Insurance giant Aviva has sold its remaining stakes in two Spanish businesses for 202m euro (£178m).

An electrical goods supplier has expanded its Midlands base with a substantial investment in a new premises.

Veterinary practice firm CVS Group has raised £60m through a share placing as it prepares to launch a £40m spending spree.

As public consciousness of health and wellbeing grows, more and more people are choosing to cut down on or shun alcohol. But what is driving this trend away from drink? Bethany Whymark reports.

More than two-thirds (68%) of the East of England’s mid-market businesses are looking to increase exports beyond Europe because of Brexit, according to research.

Trading in the run-up to Christmas exceeded expectations at a regional meat processor.

Insurance giant Aviva has become one of the first companies in the region to reveal its gender pay gap under new legislation.

Brewing and pub giant Greene King says it saw record sales on Christmas Day, but took a hit to trading in the weeks surrounding it.

Norfolk’s biggest facilities group is in discussions to step into the breach left by the collapse of outsourcing giant Carillion.

The boss of one of the region’s best-know haulage firms has warned that a shortage of drivers after Brexit and the industry’s poor image will hit the bottom line.

A regional housebuilder is bullish about its future prospects after recording a 50% jump in pre-tax profits.

Online wine seller Naked Wines has toasted rising sales over Christmas, the retailer’s most critical trading period.

While 2017 was a year rocked by sexual harassment scandals, the tide was also beginning to turn against a less obvious type of sexual discrimination.

An online wine merchant has brewed up plans to bolster its growth by jumping on the craft beer bandwagon.

Brewer and distiller Adnams says it has cut its annual carbon emissions by more than 1,000 tonnes after completing a transition to renewable energy across its entire business.

Pubs and brewing group Greene King has reported a fall in first-half revenues and operating profits amid “challenging” trading conditions for its managed pub estate.

A new £54m chicken processing plant on the Norfolk/Suffolk border could create up to 400 jobs for the region.

Flavour and fragrance ingredients group Treatt has reported a 46% jump in profits for a year in which it achieved its strategic financial goals for 2020 three years early.

A glance around the business landscape in Norfolk and Suffolk will tell you that the scene – regardless of sector – is still male-dominated.

Insurance giant Aviva has swooped for an Irish rival in a £116m deal that would make it one of Ireland’s largest insurers.

A cookware store is the latest addition to a garden centre, increasing the variety of products on offer.

The boss of one of East Anglia’s biggest retailers said his company had “made the best of a difficult year” in the wake of the Brexit vote and a softening of consumer confidence.

Kettle Foods UK managing director Ashley Hicks said while the group would continue to fry potato crisps in Norfolk for the UK market, if tariffs made it unviable to distribute from Norwich to Europe he would consider the move.

Suffolk brewer Adnams has teamed up with a Norwich tech company to launch a game inspired by its most popular beer.

Norse Commercial Services has struck a deal with a local authority in the Midlands which the company claims could see up to £25m flowing back into the Norfolk economy.

A Norfolk wine supplier has made changes at the top after appointing an experienced industry leader.

Garden centre group Notcutts, has announced a healthy performance with sales up 5.3% to £71.3m and operating profits up 57.7% in the year ending February 2017.

An electrical goods retailer has invested more than £50,000 in a demonstration kitchen to highlight its products.

A major Suffolk pig business has been snapped up by international food firm Tulip, which is part of Danish Crown, for an undisclosed sum.

An audio visual distributor has seen double digit growth as it increased turnover off the back of acquisitions.

Pub group Greene King has blamed falling consumer confidence, rising costs and bad weather for a slump in first quarter sales.

A Diss-based audio visual equipment distributor has continued on the acquisitions trail after taking a majority stake in a Dutch firm.

Regional retailer the East of England Co-op has received two nominations under a national training awards programme.

In the face of an ageing population leaders in East Anglia are focused on increasing the skill level of the region’s workforce. But what is the best educational route to take? Bethany Whymark reports.

English wine appears to be putting the fizz back into the industry, as a Norwich-based seller saw sales in home-grown vintages rise by 16%.

Offshore services group Gardline has been snapped up by a Dutch company in a multi-million pound deal, ending nearly 50 years as a family business.

Electrical retailer Hughes is hoping to improve driver efficiency with new in-cab technology in its fleet of delivery vehicles.

An east coast car dealership has seen its margins squeezed amid challenging trading conditions.

Investment in new sites and a focus on energy-efficient housing has added up to a “busy and successful year” at construction firm RG Carter.

A major East Anglian meat processor and seller is bullish about its future growth despite suffering a $15m set-back in the aftermath of the Brexit vote.

Building homes on commercially “unattractive” land to tackle a national shortage in homes could help services group Norse overcome cuts to council spending, its boss has said.

Turnover has risen at an East Anglian brewery but profits have fallen due to the closure and redevelopment of its hotel.

The region’s breweries are seeing low and non-alcoholic versions of their beers grow more popular as drinkers cut down on booze in favour of healthier options.

As more people move away from alcoholic drinks the market for non-alcoholic drinks is rising and the region’s breweries are aiming not to be left behind.

East Anglian firms have landed major multi-million pound contracts for the construction of an offshore wind farm’s coastal base.

Suffolk construction firm Jackson Civil Engineering has been awarded the contract for the long-awaited £7m Beccles Southern Relief Road.

Organisers of a seminar series on digital marketing for small and medium-sized businesses have hailed the events as a “great success”.

Websites are gaining importance as an asset in attracting customers and are in many sectors starting to replace the high street shop front as the first point of contact between business and consumer.

Online display advertising can help smaller businesses target their advertising to those who may be interested in their products.

Houses, whether it’s about building, buying or renting them, are a hot topic.

Digital marketing experts will be helping small and medium businesses to get to grips with the creation and applications of video.

Search engine optimisation (SEO), a process to make sure customers find your business online, is a key tool in a small business’s digital marketing arsenal.

Media company Archant is helping small businesses to wrap their heads around the ever-changing digital world.

A “groundswell” in favour of companies who wear their heart of their sleeve is boosting the momentum of co-operatives in the East of England.

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