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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.

Despite the continued reduction of local authority spending a facilities management, care and services group is confident of another successful year as it aims to strengthen its property division.

An insurance giant has delisted its American shares after selling its insurance operations across the pond.

Greene King has continued to reap the benefit of last year’s takeover of the Spirit Pub Company, with first half revenues across the pubs and brewing group topping £1bn for the first time.

Flavour and fragrance ingredients specialist Treatt has reported another year of strong profits growth as its strategy to move further up the value chain continues to bear fruit.

A veterinary group is aiming to continue its rapid expansion through acquisition as it attempts to build a Dutch section of its business.

Rooney Anand, chief executive of pubs and brewing group Greene King, has been named Business Leader of the Year at the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards.

East Anglian facilities management firm Servest has set its sights on hitting £1bn in revenue, as it today announces its second major acquisition in a week.

Tapping into the popularity of vaping and the US pharmaceutical market will secure hundreds of jobs in the region, according to the boss of a Norfolk-based drug apparatus manufacturer.

A specialist audio visual distributor has moved into the broadcast and video market with two acquisitions.

Food giant Cranswick has said the plunge in the value of the pound will cement the rapid growth of its export business and could put more home-grown pork on British dinner plates.

A luxury yacht builder is investing in its Norfolk base in a bid to transfer production of larger boats to the region.

Insurance giant Aviva lifted its dividend by 10% after underscoring its faith in the UK and assuring it would not be affected by a cut in interest rates.

One of the region’s largest garden centre groups has announced a 6.3% increase in turnover as it continues to reinvest in its sites.

The head of pork producer Cranswick has called on the government to provide greater clarity over the labour market in the wake of the Brexit vote.

Veterinary giant CVS Group has added 67 surgeries to its growing portfolio of practices, in what has been the most acquisitive year in its history.

A new managing director has taken sole control at the region’s leading private maltster, pledging to continue the work of his long-standing predecessor.

Bacon supplier Direct Table Foods has served up a tasty rise in profits, more than doubling its total from a year earlier.

At the age of 20, James Hopkins had few qualifications, and his father, a doctor, had begun to despair of him.

Housebuilders must hold their nerve and weather the fallout from Britain’s decision to quit the EU to prevent a housing slowdown, say industry chiefs.

Turkey giant Bernard Matthews has sold its German branch to international rival Sprehe Gruppe (Sprehe Group), reducing group debt by €14m (£12m).

Luxury furniture maker Multiyork is fighting back against a “difficult retail market”, by increasing sales and narrowing its losses.

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