Doug Faulkner Business writer firstname.lastname@example.org @DougFaulknerG Long-time boss of enterprise agency leaves group Friday, March 16, 2018 Doug Faulkner The long-standing boss of East Anglian enterprise agency Nwes is to leave in a top-level shake up. All change? Could pennies and £50 notes be scrapped? Tuesday, March 13, 2018 Doug Faulkner Pennies and £50 notes could be scrapped because they are not used enough. Pub and restaurant industry bosses call on chancellor for business rates reform after series of closures Monday, March 12, 2018 Doug Faulkner Leaders in the restaurant and pub trade have called on the chancellor to tackle business rates, warning the industry is at “tipping point” ahead of today’s Spring Statement. First redundancies made as administrators struggle to find buyer for beleaguered retailer Thursday, March 8, 2018 Doug Faulkner Fears are growing for electronics retailer Maplin after administrators made 63 redundancies as they struggle to find a buyer. John Lewis and Waitrose staff see bonus cut to 5% following 1,440 redundancies in 2017 Thursday, March 8, 2018 Doug Faulkner Staff at the John Lewis Partnership will see their bonuses cut for the fifth year in a row after the retail giant revealed a slump in profits and warned earnings will remain under pressure in 2018. How well is the apprenticeship levy working for businesses? Wednesday, March 7, 2018 Doug Faulkner National Apprenticeships Week has brought a renewed focus on the apprenticeship levy – but is it having the intended impact on the skills of the region’s workforce? There’s ‘still life’ in North Sea as production forecast is boosted Friday, March 2, 2018 Doug Faulkner An upgrade in the forecast for the amount of oil and gas to be produced from UK waters over the next three decades shows there is still “life” in the Southern North Sea (SNS). SNS energy conference will come back “stronger” say organisers after snow forces cancellation Wednesday, February 28, 2018 Doug Faulkner The organiser of the biggest event in the region’s energy industry calendar has said it will come back “harder and stronger” after being cancelled due to the heavy snow hitting Norfolk. Retailer Toys R Us reportedly facing administration if it fails to pay £15m tax bill Tuesday, February 27, 2018 Doug Faulkner It is understood administrator Moorfields is waiting in the wings as the toy seller attempts to find a buyer before hitting the payment deadline on a hefty VAT bill. Survey shows workers on move and expecting a pay rise in 2018 Tuesday, February 27, 2018 Doug Faulkner From rising pay to competition to keep accountants, a recruitment agency has laid bare the landscape in the East Anglian labour market. Electronics store latest retailer to struggle as it seeks buyer Monday, February 26, 2018 Doug Faulkner The future of electronics retailer Maplin is in doubt as the company seeks to find a buyer. Oyster Yachts assets up for sale after officially going into administration Monday, February 26, 2018 Doug Faulkner Administrators of a boat builder are aiming to sell its assets after being officially appointed. British Sugar and Primark owner takes hit due to falling sugar prices Monday, February 26, 2018 Doug Faulkner Primark and British Sugar owner Associated British Foods (ABF) has said it remains on track despite taking a forecast hit in its sugar division. Insurance broker backs charity which helped its chairman Friday, February 23, 2018 Doug Faulkner An insurance broker has announced it will be supporting the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) for the next three years. Aviva sells off remaining Spanish businesses in £178m deal Friday, February 23, 2018 Doug faulkner Insurance giant Aviva has sold its remaining stakes in two Spanish businesses for 202m euro (£178m). How much extra are you working? – UK workers put in £31bn of free overtime last year Friday, February 23, 2018 Doug Faulkner The amount of free overtime put in by workers last year was worth over £31bn, according to a new study. Electrical supplier expands Midlands base Thursday, February 22, 2018 Doug Faulkner An electrical goods supplier has expanded its Midlands base with a substantial investment in a new premises. Artificial intelligence experts warn terrorists could use the technology to “destabilise the world” Wednesday, February 21, 2018 Doug Faulkner A group of international experts have warned that rogue states and terrorists could turn to artificial intelligence (AI) to destabilise the world. Have your say on Brexit progress at FSB and Future50 debate Tuesday, February 20, 2018 Doug Faulkner For more than 18 months, Brexit has been the biggest issue in the business landscape – but what will it mean for small businesses? And how are they coping with it now? Sports Direct criticised by the Church of England over the treatment of employees Tuesday, February 20, 2018 Doug Faulkner Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct has been rebuked by the Church of England over the treatment of factory workers and governance failings at the retailer. Business leader criticises apprenticeship levy as “lose-lose” Tuesday, February 20, 2018 Doug Faulkner The impact of the government’s apprenticeship levy on employers has been “disastrous”, according to a business leader. Jobs lost as estate agent begins liquidation process Monday, February 19, 2018 Doug Faulkner The collapse of the East Anglian franchise of an estate agency has led to the loss of 21 jobs, administrators have confirmed. CVS Group raises £60m in share placing as it eyes spending spree Monday, February 19, 2018 Doug Faulkner Veterinary practice firm CVS Group has raised £60m through a share placing as it prepares to launch a £40m spending spree. Investors “fled for the hills” at signs Carillion was in danger Monday, February 19, 2018 Doug Faulkner Investors in Carillion were “fleeing for the hills” after spotting that the construction giant was heading for disaster, it has been revealed. Firm to support amputee charity’s book series Saturday, February 17, 2018 Doug Faulkner A marketing company has teamed up with a charity which supports the amputee community to build friendships and live an active lifestyle. Eight regional branches close as estate agency franchise collapses Saturday, February 17, 2018 Doug Faulkner An East Anglian estate agency franchise has collapsed into insolvency with the immediate closure of eight branches. More doubt cast over future of Toys R Us Friday, February 16, 2018 Doug Faulkner More doubt has been cast over the future of high street retailer Toys R Us after reports emerged of an outstanding tax bill. No pause in growth at vet group as acquisitions bolster turnover Friday, February 16, 2018 Doug Faulkner Veterinary business CVS Group saw turnover soar in the latter half of 2017 after investing £30m in practices. Laura Ashley becomes latest retailer to issue warning Thursday, February 15, 2018 Doug Faulkner Embattled fashion and homeware retailer Laura Ashley has warned over annual profits after first-half earnings slumped due to lower sales and the weak pound. Fewer zombies, more distress – the business health of East Anglia Wednesday, February 14, 2018 Doug Faulkner As MPs rake through the ashes of the construction group Carillion you might be forgiven for thinking business collapses were on the rise.