The East of England Co-op has beefed up its security services to launch a new arm of the business.

A Norfolk audio-visual and lighting equipment distributor is looking to the west for growth opportunities.

Fears have been raised that small firms will be hit the hardest by a hike in auto-enrolment contributions which came into effect last week.

Focusing on higher margin sales has brought an East Anglian motor trader back into the black.

The gender pay gap figures are in – and some of them aren’t pretty. The main finding is the gender inequality which persists at senior and board level. Bethany Whymark reports.

With less than 48 hours to go before gender pay gap reports have to be filed, a number of East Anglia’s biggest companies are yet to submit their figures.

A Norfolk-based outsourcing group has added nearly £100m in forward orders in the last year, helped by public sector contracts.

Norwich City Football Club says the earnings of its players have skewed its gender pay and bonus gaps.

More than 10 of the biggest companies in Norfolk and Suffolk have yet to report their gender pay gaps.

Becoming a “simpler, stronger” group will allow Aviva to give more back to its shareholders this year, according to new figures.

East Anglian facilities giant Servest is expected to pass the £1bn turnover mark following an acquisition.

Speakers from diverse backgrounds explained how they built happy, healthy workforces, as the Best Employers scheme kicked off. Mark Shields reports.

Workers at a Norfolk food manufacturer say they fear for their futures as a dispute continues over new terms and conditions.

As public consciousness of health and wellbeing grows, more and more people are choosing to cut down on or shun alcohol. But what is driving this trend away from drink? Bethany Whymark reports.

More than two-thirds (68%) of the East of England’s mid-market businesses are looking to increase exports beyond Europe because of Brexit, according to research.

Trading in the run-up to Christmas exceeded expectations at a regional meat processor.

Hundreds of workers at one of Norfolk’s biggest factories are facing a pay cut and changes to their shift patterns as their employer struggles to maintain profit margins.

Iconic carmaker Lotus will create 300 new jobs as it plans to design and build the next generation of sportscars in Norfolk, we can today reveal.

Brewing and pub giant Greene King says it saw record sales on Christmas Day, but took a hit to trading in the weeks surrounding it.

A regional housebuilder is bullish about its future prospects after recording a 50% jump in pre-tax profits.

A King’s Lynn frozen food supplier says it is continuing its return to stability after swinging back into profit.

Consumers were bombarded with more than six million nuisance calls and texts every day in 2017, according to research by Aviva.

While 2017 was a year rocked by sexual harassment scandals, the tide was also beginning to turn against a less obvious type of sexual discrimination.

Crash-for-cash fraudsters are fuelling a compensation culture which is pushing car insurance premiums to record levels and costing motorists £5m a day, as promised government reform stall.

Brewer and distiller Adnams says it has cut its annual carbon emissions by more than 1,000 tonnes after completing a transition to renewable energy across its entire business.

An audio-visual trade specialist in Norfolk is hitting the right notes after acquiring a £21m audio and lighting products distributor.

The country’s biggest vet services group, based in Diss, has warned customers they face higher prices as it struggles to recruit at its growing network of surgeries.

A new £54m chicken processing plant on the Norfolk/Suffolk border could create up to 400 jobs for the region.

A glance around the business landscape in Norfolk and Suffolk will tell you that the scene – regardless of sector – is still male-dominated.

Attempts to “level the playing field” for new mums and dads with shared parental leave have been hindered by a lack of awareness and low uptake.

A regional insurance giant is “levelling the playing field” for new mums – and dads – by offering equal paid leave.

A wine merchant has reported strong half-year sales as it prepares for the busy Christmas season.

A regional construction group has cemented its commitment to its home county with a £14m engineering hub in the Breckland countryside.

Smartphone repairs company Anovo UK said it remained confident for the future despite its accounts dipping into the red.

Securing international pharmaceutical contracts led to a strong year for medical device manufacturer Bespak, with revenue topping £120m.

The boss of one of East Anglia’s biggest retailers said his company had “made the best of a difficult year” in the wake of the Brexit vote and a softening of consumer confidence.

Norse Commercial Services has struck a deal with a local authority in the Midlands which the company claims could see up to £25m flowing back into the Norfolk economy.

Almost a million workers in the UK could be hiding their carer responsibilities from their employer, new research from insurance giant Aviva shows.

A Norfolk insurance group is pledging to beat a government target for businesses to increase the number of over-50s in their workforces.

A Chinese automotive company’s takeover of Norfolk sports car maker Group Lotus has been completed.

Growing veterinary group CVS has snapped up another chain of practices in the south-west.

English wine appears to be putting the fizz back into the industry, as a Norwich-based seller saw sales in home-grown vintages rise by 16%.

An east coast car dealership has seen its margins squeezed amid challenging trading conditions.

Investment in new sites and a focus on energy-efficient housing has added up to a “busy and successful year” at construction firm RG Carter.

A major East Anglian meat processor and seller is bullish about its future growth despite suffering a $15m set-back in the aftermath of the Brexit vote.

Sports car manufacturer Group Lotus has hailed a milestone in the business after making a long-awaited return to profitability.

Turnover has risen at an East Anglian brewery but profits have fallen due to the closure and redevelopment of its hotel.

The region’s breweries are seeing low and non-alcoholic versions of their beers grow more popular as drinkers cut down on booze in favour of healthier options.

English wine is putting the fizz back into the industry after a Norwich-based seller saw sales rise by 16%.

As more people move away from alcoholic drinks the market for non-alcoholic drinks is rising and the region’s breweries are aiming not to be left behind.

Insurance giant Aviva announced strong growth in its operating profit for the first half of 2017 and hiked its interim dividend by 13% to 8.4p.

A veterinary group has seen turnover grow thanks to acquisitions and a strong performance from its online animal medicine division.

A services and outsourcing group has secured £5m of work as it continues to form public sector partnerships.

An audio-visual equipment distributor has said it expects to be ahead of its full year predictions after a strong first six months.

Insurance giant Aviva has sold an Asian subsidiary for £340m after a strategic review of its business.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

A photographic firm saw its profits and turnover rise in the year leading up to its sale to a private equity firm.

Growing stature and a strengthened balance sheet will help audio visual distributor Midwich continue on the acquisition trail, its chief executive has said.

Norwich insurance giant Aviva has said it is in a strong position to grow after announcing its full year results.

A fertiliser manufacturer – which has traded in the region for more than two centuries – has been bought by an agri-services group.

An online photographic retailer will be merged with a rival after being bought by a private equity firm.

Insurance giant Aviva has warned it will take a £385m hit after the Government announced a change to the way personal injury claims are calculated.

A former Tesco commercial director is to replace outgoing Kettle Foods chief Dominic Lowe who is to retire after four years at the helm.

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