Mark Shields Business editor firstname.lastname@example.org @mark__shields 1,500 jobs at risk as Homebase reveals the 42 stores it wants to close - including Ipswich Tue, 14:12 Mark Shields Homebase has confirmed the 42 stores it wants to close as part of a restructure that puts 1,500 jobs at risk - and it includes the Ipswich branch. Learn the latest on whistleblowing, GDPR, and discrimination at law sessions Mon, 18:07 Mark Shields The latest developments in employment law will be examined at a series of seminars from a regional law firm. New flavoured gins and alcohol-free beers: Five things we learned from the Adnams half-year results Thursday, August 9, 2018 Mark Shields Southwold brewer and distiller Adnams has released its results for the six months to the end of June 2018. Business editor Mark Shields looks at the key points to emerge from the numbers. Opinion: Jamie Brown of Local Impact: How do you keep customers coming back for more? Thursday, August 9, 2018 Mark Shields How do you build loyalty in your customers, and keep them coming back to you, asks Jamie Brown of Archant’s Local Impact programme. Homebase ‘to close a quarter of stores’ in move that threatens 1,000 jobs Wednesday, August 8, 2018 Mark Shields Troubled DIY chain Homebase is set to reveal plans which will close around a quarter of its stores and threaten more than 1,000 jobs, according to reports. How supermarket fruit and veg prices have risen because of the summer heatwave Wednesday, August 8, 2018 Mark Shields Supermarket fruit and vegetables prices have risen as the effects of the heatwave and a cold spring flow through to shop shelves. James Walker of Resolver.co.uk: The six biggest complaints about car insurance Saturday, August 4, 2018 Mark Shields Car insurance can stress many of us out – yet few complain. James Walker of Resolver.co.uk explains six of the most common gripes from motorists. How World Cup fever and heatwave have frozen retail sales on the high street Friday, August 3, 2018 Mark Shields The prolonged hot weather and World Cup fever has scorched the UK high street with retailers suffering another month of negative growth, figures show. Bank of England votes to raise interest rates - what does it mean for you? Thursday, August 2, 2018 Mark Shields The Bank of England has today unanimously voted to increase interest rates from 0.5% to 0.75%. Poll: The nine work perks every employee would love - which is your favourite? Wednesday, August 1, 2018 Mark Shields Free snacks, flexible working hours and paid-for fitness memberships have been named as three of the most realistic job perks business owners could introduce to keep staff happy. Dip in insolvency figures ‘may just be a blip’, warn experts Wednesday, August 1, 2018 Mark Shields New government figures highlighting a quarterly fall in corporate insolvencies may only be a blip in an underlying upward trend. Hughes Trade breaks £20m turnover mark after record year Tuesday, July 31, 2018 Mark Shields The trade arm of East Anglian retailer Hughes Electrical has announced a record year, with turnover breaking the £20m mark as the company grew by 23%. Three sector specialists join LEP’s Business Growth Fund panel Tuesday, July 31, 2018 Mark Shields New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has welcomed three more business leaders to the panel of its flagship business support programme. Norfolk and Suffolk scoop nearly £1m to help businesses to grow Tuesday, July 31, 2018 Mark Shields A new funding pot of nearly a million pounds is being made available to boost high-growth businesses in Norfolk and Suffolk. PPI fund could be topped up by £400m as banks prepare to report results Sunday, July 29, 2018 Mark Shields Lloyds could set aside millions more to address payment protection insurance (PPI) misselling claims this week when it reports results alongside banking peers Barclays and RBS. Jamie Brown of Local Impact: How does your business stand out from its competition? Tuesday, July 24, 2018 Mark Shields Jamie Brown of Archant’s Local Impact programme examines how you can make your business stand out from the crowd. Opinion: Jamie Brown of Archant’s Local Impact: Why you need SEO even if your marketing is offline Monday, July 16, 2018 Mark Shields Jamie Brown of Archant’s Local Impact explains why search engine optimisation could be the tool you didn’t know you needed. Sports Direct is set for profit rise Monday, July 16, 2018 Mark Shields Sports Direct is tipped to unveil a jump in profits next week as its colourful boss Mike Ashley continues his bid to turn the retailer into the “Selfridges of sport”. Martin Lewis of MoneySavingExpert: My drugs bust (or how not to pay over the odds for medicine) Friday, July 13, 2018 Mark Shields Pharmaceutical companies are experts at getting us to pay more than we need for brand names. MoneySavingExpert’s Martin Lewis explains how you can save big – but still get the same medicine. Offshore photographer takes 17,000 pictures to painstakingly survey world’s biggest wind farm Thursday, July 12, 2018 Mark Shields How’s your head for heights? Offshore photographer Alan O’Neill put his to the test when he completed a 360-degree virtual survey for the world’s largest offshore wind farm. Hundreds of jobs to go as Poundworld confirms 25 store closures - including one in East Anglia Tuesday, July 10, 2018 Mark Shields Administrators to collapsed discount retailer Poundworld are to close 25 stores, resulting in 242 job losses. Mattressman creditors approve plans to close 14 shops Tuesday, July 10, 2018 Mark Shields Creditors of retailer Mattressman have approved restructuring plans which will see 14 stores close. Business rates: Now treasury committee raises concerns at impact on high street Friday, July 6, 2018 Mark Shields MPs say they are “increasingly concerned” about the impact of business rates on high street retailers after questioning if they were still “fit for purpose”. Gallery: Suffolk Business Awards 2018 – in pictures Friday, July 6, 2018 Mark Shields It was a night to remember at the Suffolk Business Awards 2018 – and you can relive it through our galleries. Trade groups link up to maximise benefits of energy investment along East coast Thursday, July 5, 2018 Mark Shields The trade body for the regional energy industry in East Anglia has joined forces with its Humberside counterpart to help businesses get the most out of the investments being made in the region. How to stay cool in the office during the summer heatwave Tuesday, July 3, 2018 Mark Shields These 10 tips will keep you cool as a cucumber in the office this summer – do you know any better ones? Martin Lewis of MoneySavingExpert: My five top tips to stop scammers Sunday, July 1, 2018 Mark Shields Criminals aren’t always thugs with meaty arms and little between the ears. Asda merger deal in the spotlight as Sainsbury’s braces for disappointing results Sunday, July 1, 2018 Mark Shields Sainsbury’s is set to report a dip in first quarter sales this week, with boss Mike Coupe expected to be questioned on the progress of the supermarket’s £12 billion merger with Asda. What you need to think about before setting up your own business Sunday, July 1, 2018 Mark Shields If you want to follow in the footsteps of our Future50 members by setting up your own company, Gareth Jooste, small business area leader for Barclays Eastern has some advice. Updated: Shoppers warned of stock changes over weekend as CO2 shortage intensifies Friday, June 29, 2018 Mark Shields Crumpets have become the latest casualty of the carbon dioxide (CO2) shortage hitting the UK’s food and drink industry - with retailers warning that stocks may dwindle this weekend.