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A120 at Marks Tey

The A120 could join the A12 at Rivenhall or Kelvedon instead of Marks Tey as potential routes for the new dualled road are revealed.

Jonathan Adnams, chairman of Southwold brewer Adnams, has brewed a special beer to celebrate his 60th birthday, with six bottles set to be auctioned off for  the Adnams Community Trust.

The chairman of Southwold brewers Adnams is set to auction off six bottles of a beer specially made for his 60th birthday.

The food industry has warned of possible price rises, if the sector and its workers from the EU are not treated as a priority in Brexit talks.

Food prices in the UK will rise if the Government does not treat the sector and its workers from the EU as a priority in Brexit negotiations, industry leaders have warned.

Britains trade gap narrowed to a better-than-expected £9.7bn in October after exports soared to a record monthly high

Britain’s trade gap narrowed to a better-than-expected £9.7bn in October after exports soared to a record monthly high.

DMO tourism event held at the University of Suffolk, Waterfront building
Photo L-R:
Peter Waters, Visit East AngliaVictoria Savory, Adnams and Suffolk Coastal DMO,
Tim Rowan-Robinson, formerly of Suffolk Coastal DMO, Malcolm Bell, Visit Cornwall,
Laura Locke, Suffolk Business School at the University of Suffolk,
Ian Russell- Visit the Broads and Visit Norwich, Charles Howard- Discover Newmarke.t

The tourism industry is already worth hundreds of millions of pounds to the local economy in Suffolk, and that figure is growing, year-on-year.

Ipswich Building Society apprentices, from left, front row, Nicole Vaughen, Kieran Sorrell and Alison Holmes, back row,  Jake Cornish, Warren Lewis-Claxton, Noah Davis and Matt Keeble.

Ipswich Building Society has achieved the New Anglia Youth Pledge Marque, recognising its commitment to supporting the education and development of young people.

The AXA  offices in Civic Drive, Ipswich.

Insurance giant AXA, which employs around 1,500 people in Suffolk, is launching a world-wide policy on parental leave which will result in additional time off on full pay for new mothers and fathers within its UK workforce.

The Dijksgracht, the largest vessel ever to call at the Port of Ipswich, passes under the Orwell Bridge.

The largest ever ship to call at the Port of Ipswich has passed under the Orwell Bridge – with less than half a metre to spare.

Sports Direct founder Mike Ashley outside the group's headquarters in Shirebrook, Derbyshire.
Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

First half profits at embattled retailer Sports Direct have taken a pounding following the fall in the value of sterling – but that has not stopped the firm, led by billionaire owner Mike Ashley, splashing out on a new corporate jet.

Bentwaters owner Sarah Brown (right) speaking with industry insiders at the Screen Suffolk launch in London

The Screen Suffolk deal which aims to bring film and TV productions to the county was officially launched at an exhibition in London on Tuesday night.

An artist's impression of Sizewell C

Community leaders who met to discuss Suffolk’s latest nuclear power station proposals have agreed its developers need to offer a better deal for the county.

IPRS Healthcare group chief executive Martyn Jackson speaking at the launch in London of the company's new app for virtual consultations with its team of physiotherapists.

An award-winning Suffolk healthcare firm has unveiled an app to help people injured at work or in road accidents to access quick and effective physiotherapy advice via a smartphone or tablet.

Chris Morgan, managing director of Mobile Mini UK, with Sarah Jones, manager at Mr Box.
Photo: Keith Mindham

Container storage company Mr Box, based at Great Blakenham, near Ipswich, has been purchased for an undisclosed sum by the UK arm of Mobile Mini, which has its global headquarters in Arizona.

Dr Dan Poulter MP turns on Christmas lights in Framlingham.

Businesses in a Suffolk town are being urged to decorate their windows with a “magical look for the whole season”.

Small Business Minister Margot James, left, with Angela Berry, owner of The Lampshade Company, at the Small Business Saturday reception at 10 Downing Street.

Small businesses from Suffolk and north Essex were among 100 from across the UK invited to a reception at 10 Downing Street ahead of last week’s Small Business Saturday event.

Food & farming news

Thu, 12:09
Poultry keepers have been put on alert over a strain of bird flu.

East Anglian egg and poultry producers have welcomed a series of measures aimed at keeping a dangerous strain of bird flu out of the UK as necessary to keep it at bay.

Tue, 16:53
016 NB Stanford anual Christmas Prime Stock Show at Wyncolls Road, Colchester. Overall beef contest winner Rita Parker, with Evie Lanham, John Coleman and Jade Lanham.

Livestock farmers were out in force today for one of the most hotly-contested seasonal shows in the region.

Tue, 06:00
Kristine Libiete, who manages a broiler site for Hook2Sisters at Laxfield, near Eye, is among three finalists competing for the 2016 Zoetis/British Poultry Council Trainee Award.

A Suffolk poultry industry trainee is in the running for a national award next week.

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Expert advice

Wed, 06:00
Ian Thoroughgood, associate director at Grant Thornton in Ipswich.

Gender diversity has been on the boardroom agenda for many years now but, with more than half of Suffolk’s largest companies, and 36% of all UK businesses, still without any women at senior management level, something clearly isn’t working.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Petra Sharp of Gotelee Solicitors.

The process of negotiation and give-and-take involved in finalising contracts can be demanding and time-consuming.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Phil Hall of BDO LLP in Ipswich.

Philip Hammond will today deliver his first ever Autumn Statement but, with the economy ticking along smoothly and Brexit negotiations around the corner, we believe the Chancellor is unlikely to make any dramatic announcements in his speech this afternoon.

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Movers and Shakers

Wed, 06:00
From left, Sophie Earland, Amanda Cornwell, Claire Speakman and Nina Simmons of Scrutton Bland.

East Anglia-based financial services provider Scrutton Bland has made four new appointments to its insurance department as part of its plan for continued growth of the firm.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Karl Topley of Hughes Trade.

Hughes Trade has appointed Karl Topley to the new position of business rental specialist as part of a planned expansion, providing support to the 40 Hughes retail shops in the rapidly growing business rental market.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Jo Fox, audit director, Larking Gowen.

East Anglia-based chartered accountants Larking Gowen has expanded its Ipswich based team.

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce

Yesterday, 08:49
Lowestoft car parks. Battery Green Road Car Park.

The planned closure of a town centre car park will affect the high street say local business owners.