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Find out more about some of the leading figures in our Top 100 businesses.

A Norwich business leader has been named entrepreneur of the year by an international magazine.

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.

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.

English wine is putting the fizz back into the industry after a Norwich-based seller saw sales rise by 16%.

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.

Insurance giant Aviva announced strong growth in its operating profit for the first half of 2017 and hiked its interim dividend by 13% to 8.4p.

Aviva has reported a sharp rise in first-half profits after it was boosted by its general and life insurance divisions.

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

A veterinary group has seen turnover grow thanks to acquisitions and a strong performance from its online animal medicine division.

A services and outsourcing group has secured £5m of work as it continues to form public sector partnerships.

An audio-visual equipment distributor has said it expects to be ahead of its full year predictions after a strong first six months.

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

Insurance giant Aviva has sold an Asian subsidiary for £340m after a strategic review of its business.

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

The proportion of UK businesses setting up their workplace pension after their staging date has passed has reached a record high, according to an insurance firm.

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.

The new owner of Norfolk car-maker Lotus has opened the door to the famous marque being produced overseas, as it targets greater sales in the Asian market.

With the rising popularity of gin, a distiller is aiming to hit the right spot by launching a ready mixed G&T.

Chinese car giant Geely has finalised the purchase of a controlling stake in sportscar maker Group Lotus for a reported £100m.

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.

The boss of Majestic Wine says he is looking to replicate the energy and entrepreneurial spirit showcased by Naked Wines to accelerate his turnaround plans.

The new chief executive of an agricultural co-operative has pledged to put its members first under his stewardship.

Broken televisions and lost mobile phones top the list of fraudulent claims made to an insurer.

Aviva is eyeing acquisitions in artificial intelligence and big data as it looks to overhaul the insurance industry and transform itself into a fintech firm.

The new owner of Norfolk carmaker Group Lotus says it will “unleash the full potential” of the famous brand.

They are the powerhouses of our region – the companies which drive the local economy and employ tens of thousands of people across Norfolk and Suffolk.

The East of England Co-op, the region’s largest independent retailer, has consolidated its status as a Top 100 company by posting revenue of £347.709m for the year to January 28, 2017, an increase 2.7% on the previous 12 months.

Pubs and brewing group Greene King, the second-largest member of the Top 100, last year reported a 58% jump in annual turnover following its “transformational” acquisition of the Spirit Pub Company.

A brewery has joined forces with the Norwich Business School at the University of East Anglia (UEA) to encourage undergraduates to gain skills to enhance their future employability.

The East Anglian facilities of a national meat processing company will be “pivotal” in its continued expansion, according to its chief executive.

Directors of a car sales group which saw a 13% jump in profits in 2016 are remaining cautious of forces which could affect the automotive industry.

Flavour and fragrance ingredients group Treatt has hailed a “great” first half to its current financial year, with a series of new business wins driving strong double-digit growth in sales and profits.

A grain trader which was taken over by a Chinese conglomerate last year has reported a rise in annual profit, despite tough trading conditions and price volatility.

Easter is one of the most important dates in the calendar for a chocolatier – and this year millions of treats from Norfolk will be eaten across the country.

The aerospace industry and American market have helped a filtration manufacturer to make a good start to 2017 with revenues up 6%.

The managing director of an arm of Naked Wines’ owner is to quit the group.

Workers at Bernard Matthews “feel betrayed and let down” after confirmation that 128 jobs are to be lost, a union has claimed.

A motor group has expanded further into the Peugot and Suzuki markets after a takeover of an East Anglian dealership.

A refrigeration and catering equipment group has said it remains optimistic despite Brexit uncertainty.

Veterinary group CVS saw revenue and profits rise in its interim results as its chairman pointed to a “strong financial base” for further growth.

Audio-visual distributor Midwich has delivered on the promise of its chief executive to pursue growth through acquisition after snapping up a European supplier.

Aviva chief executive Mark Wilson took a £1.1m pay cut in 2016 – but he still went home with £4.3m.

Brewing, distilling and leisure retail company Adnams today reported record annual sales and strong growth in bottom-line profits.

A photographic firm saw its profits and turnover rise in the year leading up to its sale to a private equity firm.

Services giant Servest is anticipating its strong growth to continue in 2017, after posting results which showed turnover soared by almost one-fifth last year.

An expansion into the Midlands has helped a Norfolk construction firm increase its turnover by more than 25%.

Flavour and fragrance solutions company Treatt today signalled that profits for its current financial year are now likely to come in “substantially” ahead of previous expectations.

Pubs could be pushed over the edge by increases to business rates, it has been warned, as chains including Greene King write to the government to appeal for smoother transition arrangements.

Pubs and brewing group Greene King today reported a 1.1% increase in like-for-like sales across its flagship retail pubs business.

East Anglian construction and maintenance company Barnes Group has filed accounts showing strong growth in annual turnover and profits.

Revenues at food producer Cranswick continued to rise over the past quarter, thanks to the Christmas period and the ongoing integration of new acquisitions.

Students will be encouraged to grow and sell fresh produce through a social enterprise being launched by a brewery.

The boss of Norfolk car-maker Lotus has insisted the company remains on course to return to profitability this year, as its turnaround plan nears completion.

The managing director of one of the region’s biggest companies has resigned just months after taking the role.

A surge in duck sales has led Gressingham Foods to open a new £5m distribution centre at its site in Redgrave near Diss.

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