Doug Faulkner Business writer email@example.com @DougFaulknerG Norfolk and Suffolk economy could get a £120m boost from the Royal Wedding Friday, May 18, 2018 Doug Faulkner The Royal Wedding could provide a much needed boost for retailers and the hospitality trade with spending on memorabilia and celebrations expected to boost the region’s economy. Ipswich’s tech sector “punching above its weight” Thursday, May 17, 2018 Doug Faulkner Suffolk is “punching above its weight” with ground-breaking technology, a sector leader has said following the release of an influential report. 800 jobs at risk as Mothercare prepares to axe 50 stores Thursday, May 17, 2018 Doug Faulkner Struggling children’s retailer Mothercare has unveiled plans to axe 50 stores across the UK with 800 jobs at risk. Npower raises energy bills for one million households Friday, May 11, 2018 Doug Faulkner Npower has become the latest firm to ramp up energy bills in a move that will hammer a million people. Struggling retailer secures interim funding to keep trading Friday, May 11, 2018 Doug Faulkner Troubled retailer Carpetright has clinched emergency funding to help it keep trading with a £15m unsecured loan, the company confirmed on Friday. International team hoping to score a winner with collaborative World Cup beer Thursday, May 10, 2018 Doug Faulkner An East Anglian brewer is hoping to score a winner after teaming up with world breweries to create a beer to celebrate the FIFA World Cup. Oil price hits near 3-and-a-half year high off the back of Trump pulling out of Iran deal Wednesday, May 9, 2018 Doug Faulkner Oil prices surged to their highest level since 2014 as US President Donald Trump’s plans to scrap the Iran deal raised the possibility of locking one of the biggest crude producers out of the market. Warning of landlord kickback as CVA use soars among chains Wednesday, May 9, 2018 Doug Faulkner The number of struggling companies restructuring through a company voluntary arrangement has nearly doubled since Christmas – a rise described as “seismic” by East Anglian experts. Offshore logistics firm opens second East coast office Tuesday, May 8, 2018 Doug Faulkner A logistics firm with more than 50 years experience in the oil and gas sector has expanded into the region as it aims to serve the renewables market. Is it fair to give all 25-year-olds £10,000 to help them on the property ladder? Tuesday, May 8, 2018 Doug Faulkner Scrapping inheritance tax to give young people £10,000 to get on the property ladder is one policy put forward by an influential commission as it seeks to address fairness between the generations. UK Power Networks boss probed over contract awarded to son’s firm Tuesday, May 8, 2018 Doug Faulkner The boss of UK Power Networks has come under scrutiny after the firm was forced to order an investigation into a multimillion-pound contract awarded to a company in which his son is a senior director, it can be revealed. Response to rivals’ merger expected when Morrisons gives update Monday, May 7, 2018 Doug Faulkner Morrisons chief executive David Potts is set to be quizzed on the £12bn merger of Sainsbury’s with Asda when the supermarket reports first quarter figures on Thursday. Energy entrepreneurs providing £71m of power across the region Friday, May 4, 2018 Doug Faulkner Renewable energy projects across Norfolk and Suffolk are producing more than £71m of electricity a year as businesses continue to invest in independent power. Fashion brand enters administration with 1,000 jobs at risk Friday, May 4, 2018 Doug Faulkner Up to 1,000 jobs are under threat after a high-street fashion brand with concessions across Norfolk and Suffolk called in administrators. Unite welcomes “cast-iron assurances” over jobs at printing firm Clays Wednesday, May 2, 2018 Doug Faulkner A union has welcomed “cast-iron assurances” over job security at a printers known for producing the Harry Potter series. The rise of presenteeism – more and more of us are coming into work sick Wednesday, May 2, 2018 Doug Faulkner The number of companies reporting staff turning up to work when they are ill has tripled since 2010, a survey of British employers has revealed. Insolvencies rising as bad weather and trading pushes firms over edge Wednesday, May 2, 2018 Doug Faulkner Weak growth, adverse weather and tough festive trading may have contributed to a jump in regional business insolvencies in the first three months of the year, according to a trade body. Nearly 800 jobs at risk as RBS becomes the latest bank to close branches Tuesday, May 1, 2018 Doug Faulkner The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is the latest bank to announce branch closures with nearly 800 jobs at risk in England and Wales. Printer Clays which produced Harry Potter series sold to European group Tuesday, May 1, 2018 Doug Faulkner A printer which produced the Harry Potter series is beginning a new chapter after being sold to a European group in a £20m deal. Supermarkets Sainsbury’s and Asda agree £12bn mega-merger deal Monday, April 30, 2018 Doug Faulkner Sainsbury’s has confirmed it has agreed terms for a £12bn merger with Walmart-owned Asda, setting the stage for one of the most audacious deals in British retail history. Explore the £9bn change in the East of England’s business acquisitions Thursday, April 26, 2018 Doug Faulkner A sharp fall in business deals in the East of England could be down to investors being picky and more cautious amid political uncertainty at the start of the year, say experts. Crunch vote over future of Carpetright stores in King’s Lynn and Great Yarmouth Thursday, April 26, 2018 Doug Faulkner The fate of 300 Carpetright workers will be decided on Thursday when creditors to the stricken retailer vote on a radical store closure programme. Waterstones in “expansion mode” after being bought by private equity firm Thursday, April 26, 2018 Doug Faulkner Waterstones is to accelerate its expansion plans after being sold to US hedge fund Elliott Advisors, the book chain’s boss has said. Manufacturer working with Disney and Robbie Williams aims to save thousands through retraining scheme Thursday, April 26, 2018 Doug Faulkner An East Anglian manufacturer which has worked on equipment for Robbie Williams and Disney says it has chopped its waste in half by retraining staff. Driver shortage ‘impacting viability’ of logistics businesses Wednesday, April 25, 2018 Doug Faulkner The transport and logistics industry continues to be plagued by a shortage of drivers, said bosses at an East Anglian industry event. Nearly 300 jobs to go as fashion brand set to close Tuesday, April 24, 2018 Doug Faulkner Nearly 300 jobs will be lost after a fashion retailer became the latest high street casualty. Local councils move to reassure residents over outsourcing giant’s woes Tuesday, April 24, 2018 Doug Faulkner firstname.lastname@example.org Councils have reassured tax-payers over services outsourced to struggling firm Capita. Poll: Norfolk and Suffolk ‘to benefit from £5m Royal baby boom’ Monday, April 23, 2018 Doug Faulkner The latest member of the Cambridge family could provide a baby bump for the Norfolk and Suffolk economy thanks to celebratory spending. Bank to close 49 branches including in Watton, Lakenheath and Chatteris – putting 1,230 jobs at risk Tuesday, April 17, 2018 Doug Faulkner East Anglian branches of Lloyds Banking Group are among those in the firing line after it announced plans to shut another 49 branches and cut 1,230 jobs. Wine seller invests £24m to drive growth across business Tuesday, April 17, 2018 Doug Faulkner A wine seller has revealed £24m investment plans as it aims to drive growth across its business and break the half a billion pound barrier.