Doug Faulkner Business writer firstname.lastname@example.org @DougFaulknerG This is how many bank branches have closed in the last three years Friday, June 15, 2018 Doug Faulkner Bank and building society branches are closing at an “alarming” rate of nearly 60 per month, according to an consumer group. Retailer Mattressman to close more than half its stores with 136 jobs lost Thursday, June 14, 2018 Doug Faulkner More than 130 jobs are at risk after a Norfolk retailer became the latest to announce plans to close stores due to a slump in sales. From a Royal boost to a rosé drought: Five things we learnt from Majestic Wine’s results Thursday, June 14, 2018 Doug Faulkner The wine market is ever evolving with tastes and fashions changing each year. Sales up at wine seller as customers venture off the beaten track Thursday, June 14, 2018 Doug Faulkner The Royal Wedding and drinkers’ experimental tastes have helped drive sales at a wine retailer but the group has warned the bubble might burst with difficult times ahead. Landmark workers’ rights case ‘won’t spell end for gig economy’ Wednesday, June 13, 2018 Doug Faulkner The death of the gig economy has been exaggerated despite a landmark ruling over worker status, an employment expert has said. Wetherspoon pubs to stop selling Champagne in bid to “broaden horizons” after Brexit Wednesday, June 13, 2018 Doug Faulkner Pub chain Wetherspoon is to sell more drinks from the UK and non-EU brewers in the run up to Brexit. Warhammer maker Games Workshop to give staff £5m bonus Friday, June 8, 2018 Doug Faulkner Employees at Warhammer maker Games Workshop are set to land a £5m windfall after the company announced it would pay a bonus following sales and profit growth. BT boss to step down as support starts to wane Friday, June 8, 2018 Doug Faulkner BT is to replace chief executive Gavin Patterson later this year amid waning support for the company’s trajectory. 800 jobs at risk as Mothercare prepares to axe 50 stores Friday, June 1, 2018 Doug Faulkner Mothercare has been given the green light to swing the axe on 50 underperforming stores in a move that will see 800 jobs put at risk. Tighter rules welcomed as drones tipped to boost the Uk economy by £42bn Thursday, May 31, 2018 Doug Faulkner Drone use could be set to take off with predictions the technology could add £42bn to the UK economy – but it has also prompted government to legislate. Bosses of firms which make nuisance cold calls could face £500,000 fines Wednesday, May 30, 2018 Doug Faulkner The bosses of companies that make nuisance calls could be fined up to £500,000 under proposals to make them personally liable for breaking the law. Nearly 100 Carphone Warehouse stores to close but owner claims no jobs will be lost Tuesday, May 29, 2018 Doug Faulkner Nearly 100 Carphone Warehouse stores are to close this year as the retailer’s new boss pledges to “take action” to tackle challenges in the firm’s troubled mobile phone unit. Facilities management group expands with double acquisition Friday, May 25, 2018 Doug Faulkner A newly formed facilities management group has flexed its muscles with its first acquisitions it was formed in a merger. 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.