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Green grocers and butchers are preparing for a second surge in demand if Covid-19 rules are tightened, after many shoppers returned to supermarkets when lockdown eased.

People should work from home if they can, government ministers have said, ahead of Boris Johnson’s televised address tonight over further restrictions to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Premier Inn owner Whitbread has warned it could axe up to 6,000 jobs as the coronavirus crisis continues to hit demand for hotel stays.

A restaurant has been told planning permission is needed for outside dining pods installed when it reopened after the coronavirus lockdown.

Landlords are gritting their teeth following the health secretary’s refusal to confirm that pubs will be allowed to open this weekend.

The owner of a hotel in Norfolk who is spending a further £4m on it said he needs customers to keep coming.

A Norfolk charity is opening a ‘funky, contemporary’ shop in Castle Quarter selling recycled furniture, clothes and white goods.

A man who started out cleaning windows and dusting wardrobes in a seafront hotel when he was 16-years-old has been appointed a director of the business.

A ‘no-deal’ Brexit would be “the final nail in the coffin” for many manufacturers in the East of England already struggling to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, the sector has warned.

An engine repair business has entered its final days after 70 years in the same village.

A company’s controversial bid to move its farm machinery headquarters is to come under the spotlight, with opposition councillors questioning why Norfolk County Council’s cabinet decided not to object to it.

One of the owners of Strangers Coffee Company has said they will not be reopening in Norwich’s Castle Quarter.

With luxury accommodation, lakes for fishing and private hot tubs, a Norfolk ‘staycation’ site said business has never been better and has revealed plans for its expansion.

A bid by a car wash to create parking spaces where its customers could leave their vehicles has been rejected, amid opposition.

Plans for a 91 bedroom, seven-storey hotel in Norwich city centre have hit a problem over the removal of a tree.

Protestors from environmental campaign group Extinction Rebellion have been staging a demonstration outside a Norwich city centre bank.

Business leaders from across Norfolk have united to urge the government not to reimpose draconian stay-at-home rules.

As Great Yarmouth marketplace’s £3.5m revamp is given the green light, traders say they are worried about short-term disruption to business - but are “all for” the finished product.

Dozens of jobs look set to be saved after plans to build a fuel depot at a bustling business park were approved.

A Norfolk mansion with a link to a famous brewery is for sale in almost eight acres of woodland and parkland.

The owner of a video gaming arcade in Norwich’s Castle Quarter hopes to install a bar to entice more customers.

A proposal could see new KFC and Costa branches built on a town’s retail park.

The east’s energy sector believes it could provide a major boost to UK’s economic recovery as efforts continue to achieve ambitious net-zero targets.

Holt could be welcoming a new convenience store, almost three months after a fire which destroyed its only supermarket.

Keepers at Norfolk’s Banham Zoo were left devastated by the death of their female Sri Lankan leopard Sariska.

Cromer traders say they have enjoyed a bumper summer, but its famous pier and theatre has warned it could take five years for it to recover from the impact of coronavirus.

Retailer John Lewis has confirmed that staff will not receive a bonus for the first time since 1953.

A recruitment drive for Christmas workers at Debenhams, with a store in Norwich, has sparked an outcry from staff who were recently made redundant.

The boss of a Norfolk factory where 127 workers contracted Covid-19 says the company has installed safety measures which would rival those in the country’s best hospitals.

A historic former nursing home in a Norfolk village, with a long list of former owners, has been sold again.

The VW Campervan – loved by hippies, surfers and glampers. And now, with staycations on the rise, these classic character vehicles are in demand again.

Economic output in the East of England is set to recover faster than the UK average in 2021, a study suggests.

A town centre gaming company has relaunched after undergoing weeks of refurbishment.

Calls are being made for the developers of Sizewell C to publish enhanced ‘true-to-life’ images of what the project will look like during its 10-year construction as fears escalate over its impact on surrounding beauty spots.

A shopper said he was made to put on a face mask in Norwich’s Apple store despite showing his medical exemption card.

One of Norwich’s most striking historic buildings, a familiar sight for drivers stuck in traffic, has been sold.

A lakeside cafe in Norwich which never reopened after lockdown is available for rent.

Owners of an antique shop in a historic village has spoken of a “challenging” first year of trading due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The impact of coronavirus on jobs in Norfolk has been laid bare, as new figures showed the number of unemployed people claiming benefits in the county has increased by more than 11,000 in 12 months.

A 76-year-old former headteacher’s dream has finally come true after she opened her very own chocolate shop in Norwich’s Royal Arcade.

Whether you’ve got green fingers or you just want some plants to make your home look like the photo from Pinterest, a good plant shop is a delight.

Diners in Norfolk have shown their support for restaurants through their tips, with owners seeing record generosity from the public.

A licence has been granted for a “premium spirits shop” on a city street - despite a string of objections, including from the owners of the building it would be in.

Empty offices near a town centre could be set for a new lease of life.

A style makeover expert has created a new concept for people worried about shopping because of Covid.

People reaching the end of their working lives may want to consider putting off retirement until the effects of the coronavirus pandemic subside, an East Anglian pensions expert suggests.

Ipswich high street footfall is returning to pre-pandemic activity levels much faster than in Norwich, figures suggest.

A popular dog grooming salon is set to move into the former location of a vape shop.

Higher prices and less consumer choice could be on the cards unless the UK reaches a deal with the European Union (EU) over Brexit, East Anglian business leaders have warned.

Hobbycraft is opening a new store in King’s Lynn after seeing a rise in demand in lockdown.

Terraced and semi-detached homes built for servicemen and women at Norfolk’s RAF Marham are going on sale.

A former department store is set to be used by artists as a place to work and exhibit.

Pub giant JD Wetherspoon, with venues across Norfolk, said trading was “very quiet” with sales down compared to the same time last year.

A charity has received the largest private donation in its history – a cheque for a “staggering” £40,000.

A popular town centre retailer is making final preparations ahead of unveiling a larger store in a new location.

A cider-making firm is set to close due to financial hardship brought about by the coronavirus crisis.

Department giant Debenhams has reopened its cafe in Norwich, partnering up with a new coffee firm.

Adrian Flux Insurance is providing a jobs boost to Norfolk by offering roles across its three offices.

Pizza Hut has named the restaurants it’s shutting for good – which include none in Norfolk.

A Norwich businessman is planning to run the Panda Bar which closed earlier this year because of “crippling rates.”

Banham Poultry is set to reopen its Norfolk factory after experiencing the county’s largest coronavirus outbreak.

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