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The owner of a Dominican and Latin American food business has started trading from a horse trailer on her driveway during lockdown after events were cancelled.

Adapting to Covid-19 has brought out the best in business – and the Best Employers are using people power to survive.

The owner of a Norfolk nail salon is hoping her business will be able to reopen soon after the “heartbreaking” decision to close.

Campaigners have said plans to save their village’s last remaining pub are ongoing despite disruptions brought about by the coronavirus.

While we’re all adapting to video conferencing within our teams and with external contacts, bringing someone into the business can feel different – as though it needs the personal touch, to measure the firmness of the handshake and pick up on a whole range of non-verbal cues. Yet when handled correctly it is possible to manage an interview process without meeting the candidates, even reading body language on screen without that hands-on sense of getting to know them.

With work forces scattered, communication within a business has never been so important. Best Employers share the secrets of effective engagement.

Coronavirus and lockdown have altered how we work - but for Best Employers, remote working is an opportunity as much as a change.

Businesses have had to adjust to a world turned upside down during the coronavirus lockdown.

Furlough: the leaders

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Covid-19 has changed not only how we work but also who is working. According to the British Chambers of Commerce, since the job-retention scheme was introduced on March 20, 71pc of companies have placed staff on furlough – a term virtually unused in British business before the coronavirus outbreak.

Coronavirus isn’t stopping water flowing and toilets flushing.

A groceries store in a Norfolk village has been launched to support local businesses and provide the community with essentials.

How the free Best Employers Eastern Region survey can help take care of employees during the Covid-19 crisis.

Making a will can be a daunting experience and we all make excuses for avoiding it. The coronavirus outbreak has given most of us the time and a reason to make a will and although the logistics involved pose challenges for solicitors, they can be overcome. Phillip Bazley, solicitor at Gordon Dean Solicitors LLP, explains.

Staff at an Indian restaurant in Norfolk are showing their appreciation for NHS workers by donating weekly meals to their hospital

There may be no such thing as an overnight success in business, but Norwich-based Solder going from start-up to award-winning technology company in less than two years certainly comes close. After setting up in February 2018, the firm won the Tech Innovator title at 2019’s Norfolk Business Awards last November.

Online pharmacy e-Surgery was created by Thuria Wenbar and Oskar Wendowski, a doctor and pharmacist respectively, when they encountered prescription systems they believed were outdated. The latest in The Disruptors series, they explain how they did it.

A concerned family member has called for supermarkets to do more to help the vulnerable during the coronavirus outbreak after her elderly in-laws struggled to get online food orders.

Staff at a Norfolk bakery have said they are working tirelessly to deal with local demand after seeing an increase in customers come through their doors.

A long-standing village shop owner has given a glimpse into how the coronavirus is impacting a typical village as he sees demand for essentials rocket.

Many people let their properties via platforms like Airbnb without proper insurance. Louise Birritteri, founder and chief executive at Pikl, explains how she got the insurance industry to move with the times.

Named Best Employer in the 2019 Norfolk Business Awards, MHA Larking Gowen say passion for people pays off

Norfolk market traders are offering their support by delivering produce for free to people self-isolating due to the coronavirus.

A Boots store in a Norfolk town has reduced its opening times in light of the coronavirus outbreak.

The Future 50 programme can help local business grow, says accountancy firm Lovewell Blake

Right now, cutting-edge driver safety technology is prohibitively expensive – but a Cambridge startup is working to make it accessible to everybody. In the latest in The Disruptors series, Hao Zheng, co-founder and chief executive at RoboK, explains all.

The world-famous Burnham Market International Horse Trials has been cancelled because of the coronavirus epidemic.

A defiant Norfolk butcher has said he will not be “whipped up into paranoia” over the coronavirus.

An image and style consultant hoping to change people’s lives and make them feel good about themselves has launched a clothing line.

Those with complex healthcare needs are used to taking multiple pills every day. But what if you could combine these drugs into a bespoke 3D printed alternative? In the latest The Disruptors video, Sheng Qi explains how her team at the University of East Anglia is working towards the solution.

Business women from across East Anglia came together to inspire and support one another in a special event to mark International Women’s Day.

From the historic hall to the nature reserve’s modern visitor centre, Holkham has perfected the art of making people welcome - scooping the Customer Care award at the Norfolk Business Awards.

The Best Employers Eastern Region survey helps businesses transform their culture. MHA Larking Gowen explain how it was part of their journey to award-winning employer status.

The owners of a gin and honey shop in a Norfolk town have expressed their heartfelt gratitude for the warm welcome they have received and have said they aim to be part of the fabric of the community.

A charity shop providing services for people that are deaf is set to close this month.

It takes unique determination to launch a business while studying for a degree. But for Coral Eyewear’s George Bailey, distress over plastic pollution in our oceans was a catalyst for change.

A Norfolk town could be one step closer to getting a McDonald’s and Starbucks following plans that received no objections from highways officers.

Faced with the huge task of modernising a newspaper archive, chatbot builder ubisend had to teach robots how to read the news – and sound like humans. The latest in The Disruptors series, chief technology officer Joe Dixon explains how they did it.

Groups of business women across East Anglia will come together for an event to mark International Women’s Day.

A five-bedroom guest house is enjoying a new chapter as a boutique hotel after a quarter of a million pound renovation.

AI chatbots are revolutionising customer service, with an easy solution that bypasses pesky out-of-hours hotlines. The latest in The Disruptors series, Dean Withey, CEO of chatbot builder Ubisend, tells us more.

One of the longest running businesses in a Norfolk town is set to shut.

What gets in the way of successful succession on farms and successful collaboration between farmers?

Winning the Norfolk Business Awards’ Small & Medium Business category for the second time, Norfolk-based energy consultancy Indigo Swan is ready for a roaring 2020

‘Mindless’ criminals broke into a number of independent shops in a Norfolk town stealing a range of peculiar items.

A plan to build a new McDonald’s and Starbucks on the outskirts of a town has been given the thumbs down by councillors and slammed as “ludicrous” by residents.

When everyone working in a business is happy, engaged and motivated, great things start to happen. Taking charge of that process starts with the 2020 Best Employers Eastern Region survey.

“Everything we do [is about] challenging norms,” says Russell Carr, head of design at Lotus — and the electric hypercar Evija sums up that philosophy.

East Anglian farmers wanting to buy or sell land should “proceed with confidence” this year, land experts suggest.

Drinkers in King’s Lynn are getting a new watering hole.

Poplar Farm House in East Ruston comes with four acres of land, an annexe, holiday cottage, stables and its very own vineyard and could be your new family home or a potential business.

But does it sound like a Lotus? The latest in The Disruptors video series, meet the man whose job it is to know.

More discussions will be held over a much wished-for JD Wetherspoon in a Norfolk town after a meeting was held between the two main parties.

In a new video, Matt Windle, executive director of sports car engineering at Lotus, discusses what it takes to keep the automotive industry on its toes.

The owner of a Norfolk bakery is encouraging the public to support their local shops warning people that “once they’re gone, they’re gone.”

A businessman has come forward with a vision of saving a Norfolk village pub.

A long-running saga of a much wished-for JD Wetherspoon in a Norfolk town has taken another twist - with a meeting set to be held next week.

The key to good business advice is ‘working with someone you can connect with and who understands your business’ according to Aston Shaw, an accountancy firm dedicated to developing close, friendly relationships with its clients to deliver straightforward, first-class accountancy and advisory services. 

The new landowners’ leader for the East of England believes the untapped potential of the rural economy is a “huge opportunity” for the UK as we move into a new era.

From the Formula 1 Type 49 to the new Evija electric hypercar, Lotus’ design director reflects on the brand’s innovation legacy in the latest video in The Disruptors series.

A charity that supports vulnerable children and young people will be opening up a new shop in a west Norfolk town.

A Norfolk town could be getting a Starbucks and McDonald’s if plans are given the go ahead.

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