A new paddle board business which lets people explore the Norfolk Broads independently says it has been “crazy busy” as people look to make the most of summer.

A series of art projections will light up a Norfolk town’s landmark buildings and outdoor spaces to show off its creative ambitions.

People have embraced video conferencing as the technology has delivered enormous benefits, says Peter Sharkey.

A new wildlife reserve that has been described as “unique to East Anglia” has officially opened for its first guided tour.

A huge rise in homeworking is expected to lead to steep falls in office rents across the East of England.

Norfolk Day celebrates all that’s great about the county - including the world-leading research that’s done on Norwich Research Park.

Business owners have expressed their concern over the ‘detrimental’ impact mandatory face coverings could have on trade.

Foodbanks are always there in times of need - but who is there for the foodbanks when they need help?

The pension guarantee is under threat, says finance expert Peter Sharkey.

A market that was forced close over protest claims has reopened again with plans for it to be “bigger and better” than before.

A Norfolk restaurant owner has expressed his happiness at reopening for the first time in months but said his business needs more customers to survive.

A market that was closed over planned demonstration claims will now reopen following a ‘fruitful meeting’ between a town council and traders.

Many people have made a number of big life decisions during this enforced ‘time out’, says Peter Sharkey.

A Norfolk shop owner has said businesses have to work harder at providing a service and hopes customers will be encouraged to return to town after more stores reopen.

MHA Larking Gowen brings business leaders together to discuss the future for the sector in the region.

How can we inspire more women to consider careers in engineering? Reporter STUART ANDERSON spoke to one of Norfolk’s female engineers.

A member of the public tried to throw social distance barriers and remove markers when a town’s market reopened, councillors said.

Sign up for a free-to-attend webinar bringing five business leaders together to discuss how the leisure, tourism and hospitality sector can get through Covid-19.

Lessons from the lockdown

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Best Employers Eastern Region exists so businesses can share knowledge, inspire and learn from one another, with a focus on employee engagement. It’s shown time and again that companies with motivated, engaged staff are more successful and sustainable than their peers – but just as there has never been a tougher time for organisations to look after people, there has never been a greater need for it.

Bread-making demonstrations, pastry creations and insights into the region’s delicious delicacies took pride of place during Norfolk’s inaugural virtual food festival.

A Norfolk town is starting to see a return to ‘normal’ again as non-essential shops reopened for the first time in months.

A thriving bike shop in north Norfolk is for sale with the owners keen to take early retirement.

Equity release could help many people who have resolved to retire early once the lockdown finishes, says finance expert Peter Sharkey.

The imposition of lockdown changed the way we work – but how do we change it back? Best Employers explain the benefits of a smarter, people-led approach.

The boss of one of the region’s zoos has spoken of their disappointment at not being able to reopen sooner as part of the easing of lockdown.

A Norfolk town’s market reopened for the first time since lockdown despite a lack of traders turning up.

Covid-19 is placing unprecedent demands on executives. Here’s the Best Employers’ advice on being a good leader during the Pandemic.

Businesses in north Norfolk that were ineligible for support during the government’s first round of funding can now apply for a new grant.

New £750 million emergency Covid-19 fund for charities - and it’s first-come, first-served so accountants Lovewell Blake urge local charities to apply now.

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.

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