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Insurance firm Aviva has offered reassurance that setting up an Irish subsidiary will not impact on jobs or customers in the UK.

The automotive industry is shocked at disappointed the Government is cutting the plug-in car grant. Motoring editor Andy Russell says that with the demise of diesel it should be stepping up incentivising switching to electrifed vehicles.

An animal charity is calling on the government to take urgent action to stop the illegal importation of puppies into the UK as Brexit approaches.

Northgate High School and Dereham Sixth Form College have successfully secured funding for a number of partnerships with schools across Europe.

Musicians including Ed Sheeran, Damn Albarn and Bob Geldof have joined forces to warn about the impact of a no-deal Brexit on the music industry, saying the country would be placed in a “self-built cultural jail”.

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Financial columnist Peter Sharkey says a building disaster in Bulgaria and HS2 are good metaphors for avoiding bad financial plans

An East Anglian farmer has hit out at his MP for ‘failing’ to hold a meeting to discuss the implications of Brexit with his constituents.

The key trends from the Best Employers Eastern Region survey 2018 were discussed at a conference event in Newmarket today - here are five of the key lessons we learned.

The majority of business leaders in East Anglia and the Midlands would welcome a second referendum on Brexit, a survey suggests.

A Treasury minister has outlined the positives of devolution for East Anglia.

The Brexit negotiations stumble on but in the meantime small firms are losing confidence, according to a major new survey.

Alarm bells are ringing for international haulage firms, who are having a “very, very tough time” due to the looming potential of a no-deal Brexit in six months time.

Is Brexit uncertainty making companies in the east of England less inclined to hire new staff?

A struggling Norfolk farmer who grew hundreds of cannabis plants to try to keep his farm afloat has been ordered to repay a total of £90,000 at a hearing to claw back cash.

The leader of the city council is to invoke legislation to demand the government hands over all information it holds about the impact Brexit would have on Norwich.

Labour is planning a radical overhaul in banking rules to stop branches closing in rural East Anglia.

Businesses in virtually every sector are faced with the stubborn problem of how to fill skills gaps – and Brexit is only increasing the challenges. Stephen Davies, degree apprenticeships development officer at City College Norwich, argues apprenticeships need to be central to our response.

Ever since that fateful day in June 2016, questions have been asked over just what the people of the United Kingdom - and Norfolk - had voted for.

Rural businesses helping to get people trained and into work across Norfolk and north Suffolk are being urged to bid for a share of a £1.1m funding pot.

As New Anglia LEP prepares for its annual general meeting today, its chairman Doug Field still feels he has unfinished business, he told business editor Mark Shields.

The former leader of the Green Party attended an event in Beccles exploring the future of sustainable farming.

Bricklaying robots which can build a house a day could be the answer to the skills shortage which is holding back East Anglia’s construction industry, according to a new survey.

From being awarded a £100,00 EU grant to featuring in a hit new BBC thriller, it’s been a busy year for one of Norfolk’s heritage railway lines.

An East Anglian pig farmer has called for a cull of wild pigs to help defend the UK herd against a devastating disease which has broken out in continental Europe.

UK pig farmers are being warned to be on the alert following an “extremely concerning” outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) in wild boar in Belgium.

Leading plant science institutions in Norfolk have joined calls for government to address the implications of a European Union ruling over genetic modifications.

Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman has said the prime minister should stand down after she has agreed a Brexit deal.

British Sugar has reached agreement with the National Farmers’ Union over the 2019 sugar beet contract following protracted talks.

Wetherspoon is to stop selling Jagerbombs after the company announced it will no longer be stocking the German herbal liqueur used to make the popular drink.

The construction industry in East Anglia is “waking up” to a chronic shortage of skilled staff following a decade of under-investment in training.

East Anglian farmers “will be gainers” from a new era for subsidy payments, the government pledged as it prepared to unveil its much-anticipated Agriculture Bill.

While the advance of AI, automation and robotics sometimes evokes fears of mechanised armies and widespread unemployment, according to the TUC, there should be a sunny upside for us mere mortals – a shorter working week and higher pay.

Oil and gas industry chiefs say the sector is at a crossroads where investment levels could make or break its future.

The Minister for the Environment, Michael Gove, has insisted fishermen will get full control of British waters following Brexit.

East Anglian farmers have given a lukewarm reception to a government pilot scheme to allow more non-EU workers into the country to fill anticipated labour shortages.

These simple guidelines from Moneysavingexpert’s Martin Lewis could help you claim back hundreds of pounds from cancelled or delayed flights.

It’s been a busy week in the business world, so we’ve rounded up some of our biggest and most interesting stories that may have gone under the radar - and you can test your knowledge of both national and East Anglian stories in this week’s Biz Quiz.

Boris Johnson is facing a court room showdown with a Norfolk prosecutor over claims the former foreign secretary made during the Brexit referendum.

Norfolk turkey producer Bernard Matthews has been cited by the prime minister as a business “showing confidence” in the face of ongoing Brexit deliberations.

Lovers of Great Yarmouth’s historic marketplace can now browse and purchase their favourite items 24 hours a day.

A struggling Norfolk farmer who turned to crime to try to keep his farm going has had his court hearing to claw back cash adjourned after he failed to attend.

One reader thinks that a second referendum is in order. What you think?

A Eurosceptic Norfolk MP has vowed to back Theresa May’s controversial Chequers Brexit plan in parliament.

Business confidence in the East of England rose eight points during August to 20%, according to the latest Business Barometer from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking.

As Brexit outcomes become more unpredictable by the day, Tony Wenham meets a campaigner with a clear vision of how leaving the EU could boost a traditional east coast industry and bring new prosperity to her town.

A west Suffolk parish council has warned it will be forced to pursue legal action if applications for hundreds of new homes are approved this week.

Up to eight jobs could be created at a mid Norfolk heritage railway line after a £100,000 European Union (EU) grant for a new train shed could see them develop an engineering service.

Can we live without olive oil and sprouts at Christmas? Of course we can.

Are you a lover of online shopping? Or simply too busy to visit Great Yarmouth’s historic market?

It’s all very British to look back and wallow in nostalgia, but should we all take the advice of Slade and look more to the future - as it’s only just begun?

Business lobbying groups have blasted a series of government documents laying out advice for a no-deal Brexit.

The government has released 24 technical papers outlining preparations and scenarios that could play out if no Brexit deal can be agreed before Britain leaves the EU in March.

Brexit will define the United Kingdom for many years to come – but exactly how, it is too early to tell.

A proud history of shoemaking in Norwich stretching back centuries is set to come to an end.

A Norfolk MP has led calls for rules around e-cigarettes to be relaxed to help accelerate already declining smoking rates.

Corbynism will be picked over by political historians in years to come whatever happens next for Labour.

East Anglian farmers have defended the use of weed killer glyphosate after the debate over its use was reignited following a US court case.

One reader thinks the integrity of democracy can be compromised by manipulation. What do you think?

In response to last week’s opinion column about whether people should feel sorry for farmers, Norfolk farmer KIT PAPWORTH says his industry wants consumer support, not public sympathy.

The way in which businesses operate has dramatically changed.

A Suffolk biotech start-up has secured £400,000 as it launches a range of products to help combat the spread of TB in cattle.

Answering a few emails after you get home from work cannot be that bad – can it?
This week a European court awarded 7,500 euros to an Irish business executive who was required to answer out-of-hours work emails.

UK economic growth is expected to have rebounded in the second quarter, with analysts forecasting sunnier news from official figures released next week.

Weddings will open Worstead Park for first time in decades

Jeremy Hunt’s short jaunt to Europe this week marks a Brexit turning point.

The Bank of England has today unanimously voted to increase interest rates from 0.5% to 0.75%.

Optimism in the economy dropped sharply among East of England firms during July, pulling overall business confidence down from its peak in June, according to a bank’s survey.

If you’re already avoiding animal products in your diet and wardrobe, you wouldn’t tolerate a beauty regime that was cruel to animals either.

One reader thinks that the leaders of Brexit have failed to deliver the will of the people. What do you think?

Immigration is a subject I almost dare not touch with a barge pole.

Brexit will offer the ports of Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth new opportunities, a government minister and Norfolk MP has claimed.

A seven-fold increase in applications for citizenship EU countries has panicked Lynne Mortimer into looking for lost ancestry

A violent criminal “shamed Norwich” by robbing a Danish visitor who had come to Norwich to take part in a football tournament, a judge said.

Fish and chips are a great English tradition, synonymous with life in our region. But now an MEP has warned that a no deal Brexit could batter the region’s fish and chip shops and force some out of business. DANIEL BENNETT reports...

Parents in Norfolk have been warned to keep their children’s vaccinations up to date after outbreaks of measles in Europe.

An “enormous volume of pesticides” used by farmers is damaging wildlife, leading television presenter and naturalist Chris Packham has warned ahead of a visit to Suffolk.

School is out. And the reports on each party are due.

Wherever Donald Trump goes the term ‘fake news’ is sure to follow, as it did during his controversial stop-off in the UK. But is fake news really just a modern phenomenon? Sheena Grant reports on a project at the Museum of East Anglian Life that attempts to answer that question.

EasyJet is to join rivals in launching a legal complaint against the European Commission over air traffic control strikes which have so far cost it more than £25m.

Norfolk MP Brandon Lewis has been accused of reneging on an agreement not to take part in key votes over Brexit.

East of England businesses are continuing to postpone investment plans despite a rise in confidence.

Time is fast running out for businesses to apply for funding to help train talented members of staff up to management roles.

The end draws ever nearer for my beloved washing machine, loyal laundry partner of 22 years, writes Sheena Grant.

Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman has branded Donald Trump’s comments in an interview with The Sun newspaper as “outrageous”.

One reader thinks circumstances have complicated since the original vote. What do you think?

The showdown was a long time coming. For too long our government has been fractured and divided.

One reader thinks voting leave was the right choice. Do you agree?

Following a tumultuous 48 hours at Westminster, Jeremy Hunt has been named the new Foreign Secretary.

After a day of high drama in Westminster, Political Editor RICHARD PORRITT analyses what might happen next as Brexit chaos engulfs the government

Foreign secretary Boris Johnson has resigned amid growing anger at Theresa May’s Brexit plans.

Theresa May faces a critical 24 hours after her Brexit secretary sensationally quit over the plans for how the UK will leave the European Union.

Britain will have a new Brexit secretary after David Davis stepped down late last night.

David Davis has quit his role as Brexit secretary less than two years after his appointment.

Steve Downes talks football, Brexit and national pride.

Norfolk firms could benefit from a share of £8m of European Union cash over the next decade, despite Brexit, under county council plans.

Fears of summer travel chaos at EasyJet are mounting after it revealed it cancelled nearly 1,300 flights last month – with no end in sight to air traffic control (ATC) strike action.

It appears we might be heading for a third-way Brexit.

Brexit is going to cause bigger rises in the cost of living for households outside London, a new study suggests.

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