Doug Faulkner Business writer email@example.com @DougFaulknerG Graduates leaving university ‘behind rise in unemployment in East of England’ 09:45 Doug Faulkner Unemployment in the East of England rose by 7,000 to 128,000 in the three months to June, despite the rate of those seeking work across the country falling to its lowest since 1975. Are you owed a refund from your energy provider? More than a million customers were overcharged last year 08:30 Doug Faulkner More than a million energy customers have been overcharged a total of £102m over the last year because of billing errors, research has revealed. Sports car manufacturer Lotus hails a return to profitability Friday, August 11, 2017 Doug Faulkner Sports car manufacturer Group Lotus has hailed a milestone in the business after making a long-awaited return to profitability. The Swan Hotel redevelopment hits Adnams’ profits despite sales rise Thursday, August 10, 2017 Doug Faulkner Turnover has risen at an East Anglian brewery but profits have fallen due to the closure and redevelopment of its hotel. St Peter’s and Adnams among the East Anglian breweries riding the low alcohol wave Thursday, August 10, 2017 Doug Faulkner 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. Date set for business rates relief software to be completed as firms continue to wait Wednesday, August 9, 2017 Doug Faulkner Hopes have been raised that the “total shambles” of business rate relief owed to small firms could soon be at an end - after the government set a deadline for a software update. St Peter’s and Adnams among the East Anglian breweries riding the low alcohol wave Wednesday, August 9, 2017 Doug Faulkner 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. Coastal towns including Great Yarmouth and Ipswich dominate personal bankruptcy list Monday, August 7, 2017 Doug Faulkner Coastal towns have dominated a list of the top areas for personal bankruptcies with Ipswich and Great Yarmouth featuring in the top 10. Exeter trade mission to East Anglia hailed a success Thursday, July 27, 2017 Doug Faulkner A trade mission aimed at building links between the South West and the East has been hailed a success. June heatwave sends retail footfall soaring – but does it change how much you shop? Tuesday, July 18, 2017 Doug Faulkner Summer sunshine gave a welcome boost to retailers in June as shoppers updated their wardrobes for the fine weather. Latitude Festival 2017: Reginald D Hunter at his offensive best as he headlined the Comedy stage Saturday, July 15, 2017 Doug Faulkner American comic Reginald D Hunter was at his offensive best despite having to perform his set from a wheelchair after breaking a leg. Latitude Festival 2017: Lucy Rose and I’m a Celebrity star Joel Dommett entertain crowds at Henham Park Saturday, July 15, 2017 Doug Faulkner Lucy Rose, Skott and Joel Dommett were among the acts to strut their stuff on Saturday afternoon at Henham Park as Latitude Festival continued. Latitude Festival 2017: From blistering to apocalyptic – Placebo rock the BBC 6 Music Stage Saturday, July 15, 2017 Doug Faulkner You would expect a band with more than 20 years experience to know what they are doing with a festival crowd. Car dealer Dingles changes hands after nearly a century in family ownership Thursday, July 13, 2017 Doug Faulkner One of East Anglia’s best-known car dealerships has left family ownership after nearly a century, following its acquisition by a Sussex counterpart. Car dealers Desira Group and Marriott Motor Group see turnover grow despite economic pressures Wednesday, July 12, 2017 Doug Faulkner Two of the biggest car dealers in the region have continued to grow their turnover despite pressure on margins brought about by the economic turbulence. Recruiter Cooper Lomaz finds number of candidates falling but job market remains stable Wednesday, July 12, 2017 Doug Faulkner Recruiters are reporting the number of available jobs across East Anglia remaining stable – but available candidates have decreased. Car dealers growing despite pressures Tuesday, July 11, 2017 Doug Faulkner Two of the biggest car dealers in the region have continued to grow their turnover despite pressure on margins brought about by the economic turbulence. British Sugar leaves a sweet taste for Primark owner Associated British Foods after improved performance Friday, July 7, 2017 Doug Faulkner Sugar businesses helped to give their owner a sweet taste after driving an improvement to profits. Business groups welcome “ambitious” measures in Queen’s Speech Wednesday, June 21, 2017 Doug Faulkner Businesses and lobbying groups are renewing their call for clarity on Brexit following the much-anticipated Queen’s Speech. East Coast College’s £11.4m Energy Skills Centre in Lowestoft will teach young people ‘cutting edge’ skills Thursday, June 15, 2017 Doug Faulkner Young people from across the region will be able to learn skills putting them at the “cutting edge” of the energy industry after a multi-million pound centre was given the green light. How a Beccles firm played its part in Chelsea’s Premier League winning season Thursday, June 1, 2017 Doug Faulkner Antonio Conte, N’Golo Kante and a Beccles company helped Chelsea Football Club to lift the Premier League title this season. The ratio of women in top level management jobs has fallen in the UK Wednesday, May 17, 2017 Doug Faulkner The percentage of women in senior management roles has dropped to 19% across the country, new research shows. Businesses could benefit from government vehicle scrappage scheme but drivers face uncertainty as consultation starts Friday, May 5, 2017 Doug Faulkner A scheme which could see drivers subsidised for trading in their old diesel vehicles would be welcomed by motor dealers – but campaigners have warned measures do not go far enough. Beccles sport equipment maker MH Goals buys firm with products used at Wembley Stadium and Stade de France Tuesday, April 25, 2017 Doug Faulkner A sports equipment manufacturer has bought a firm which has made products used at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, formerly the Millennium Stadium, Wembley Stadium and the Stade de France in Paris. Sainsbury’s aims to accelerate in-store Argos outlet roll-out Thursday, April 13, 2017 Doug Faulkner Sainsbury’s is accelerating the roll-out of Argos stores within its supermarkets, as it looks to better compete with rivals. Call for delay to digital tax changes Wednesday, April 5, 2017 Doug Faulkner Calls to delay a controversial move towards online tax returns have been echoed by the region’s small businesses, amid fears of the cost burden. BT receives record £42m Ofcom fine over cable delays – but will it make a difference? Monday, March 27, 2017 Doug Faulkner BT has been given a £42m fine by the telecoms watchdog and is expected to pay out £300m in compensation to rivals over delayed high-speed cable installations. Tech Nation 2017: How can East Anglia’s tech sector continue to grow? Wednesday, March 22, 2017 Doug Faulkner The burgeoning strength of Norfolk and Suffolk’s technology industry has been underlined by a report which values its contribution at more than £320m. BT reaches Ofcom agreement to separate Openreach Friday, March 10, 2017 Doug Faulkner BT has reached an agreement with Ofcom to legally separate its infrastructure arm Openreach. Energy sectors urged to collaborate to make the most of the Southern North Sea Wednesday, March 1, 2017 Doug Faulkner Collaboration between sectors and technologies – as well as a supportive government strategy – was called for by energy leaders at industry leading conference.