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Yesterday, 17:24

Suffolk’s business sector has been striving to ensure its voice is heard at a series of hustings in the run-up to the General Election.

EE is building 4G base ahead of BT deal

EE, the UK’s biggest mobile operator, said it is on track to sign up 14 million 4G customers by the end of the year.

The CWT fears a trade deal with the US would undermine any future proposals to renationalise organisations like BT or Royal Mail.

Opposition to a controversial trade deal being negotiated between the European Union and the United States has intensified amid warnings of its “massive impact” on any future campaign to renationalise the Royal Mail or BT.

A colder than normal start to the year has boosted British Gas profits.

Profits at British Gas are set to rise after the energy supplier revealed a boost in consumption following a colder than normal start to the year.

Matthew Embley,  RDC recycling services manager, left, and Gary Griffiths, RDC international partners compliance, with the company's gold Zero Waste award.

Information technology reuse and recycling company RDC has received a gold Zero Waste Award from the letsrecycle.com website.

Angela Rushforth, managing director of Ridgeons, with the firm's Investors in People gold accreditation.

Regional timber and builders’ merchant chain Ridgeons has been awarded a “gold” rating under ther Investors in People (IiP) programme.

Alex Till of Menta.

Suffolk-based Enterprise agency Menta and the county branch of the Institute of Directors (IoD) are working together to help Suffolk business owners as they strive for growth.

The water unit from the Prince's Street fire station with Ipswich with officials from the Port of Ipswich and students from Suffolk New College at the water safety demostration hosted by the port.

The Port of Ipswich teamed up with Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service to stage a rescue simulation off Orwell Quay.

From left, Chris Chamberlain from HTK, Vicki Cole from Crafted and Helen Dodman from Ipswich Central, the three organisations behind the Destination Digital conference.

The company behind the delivery of the Ipswich town centre Business Improvement District project has teamed up with two local digital specialist to stage a conference on online marketing for the tourism and hospitality sectors.

French Connection has warned that it faces a substantial loss when it posts its annual results.

Fashion chain French Connection today warned that it now expects to make a big annual loss after seeing its recovery hopes dashed by a difficult spring trading period.

Andrew Harrison, managing director of Stansted Airport.

Manchester Airports Group, parent company of Stansted Airport, scored a four-star rating in Business in the Community’s 2015 CR Index.

Dominic Casserley, group chief executive of Willis.

Global risk advice and insurance broking firm Willis has launched a 550million euro (£393m) offer to take full control of the French broker Gras Savoye.

Sainsbury's is to cut 800 jobs as part of a restructuring of its store operations.

Sainsbury’s is to cut 800 jobs as it becomes the latest supermarket to restructure its operations in the face of tough trading conditions.

The CWind Sword offshore support vessel.

Colchester-based offshore service vessel manufacturer CTruk has won an order to supply two more of its MPC22 boats to sister company CWind.

Kay Allen, founder of Trading for Good, and Paul Winter, chief executive of Ipswich Building Society.

Ipswich Building Society has been presented with a Responsible Business Award at a Trading for Good East of England event held in its home town.

Savills has agreed a deal to acquire Smiths Gore.

Property services group Savills has agreed the acquisition of residential and rural agency chain Smiths Gore for an undisclosed sum.

Signage outside the Birds Eye factory in Lowestoft.

The company behind the Birds Eye frozen foods factory in Lowestoft has been sold by private equity firm Permira to a acquisition specialist based in the United States.

Tesco slumps to £6.4bn annual loss

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Tesco has reported a loss of £6.4bn for 2014.

Supermarket giant Tesco has slumped to a £6.4billion annual loss after taking a massive writedown on the value of its property portfolio.

Essex & Suffolk water maintenance technicians monitoring equipment at a water treatment works, ensuring there is no disruption to the high quality drinking water supply

A water company which supplies 1.8million customers in eastern England has been recognised as one of the most responsible business in the country.

Food & farming news

There is now less than two weeks to go until we get the opportunity to place our X on the ballot paper of what many have referred to as the most ‘interesting’ election of recent times.

Yesterday, 06:04
A scene from Cereals 2014 at Duxford

A wealth of new science and agronomy will be on show at Cereals 2015, offering visitors an opportunity to keep up with the rapid pace of change in the arable sector.

European Union
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Mark Donsworth, owner of agricultural specialist MDT, at the opening of his new store in Framlingham with Sir Jim Paice

Agricultural parts retailer MDT has opened a new depot in Framlingham, with the help of former Farming Minister Sir Jim Paice, who is originally from the town.

Movers and Shakers

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Sarah Sharlott, chief executive of Ipswich-based Realise Futures, has been giving budding social entrepreneurs “down under” the benefit of her experience of heading an award-winning social enterprise.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Raelle Goates, Luke Tubby and Rachael Woollard of Creative Intent.

Ipswich-based design and web development consultancy Creative Intent has welcomed three new employees to its expanding team.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
The new Business of Saxmundham management committee, from left, Carl Page, treasurer, Peter Ewart, chair, Shelley Nott, vice chair, Lin Barnes, secretary, Jake Barton and Chris Wightman. 
Photograph: Robert Foyers.

Businesses of Saxmundham (BoS) has reorganised and expanded its management committee to help strengthen its work in supporting firms in and around the town.

Business features

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The recovery of the UK’s state-backed banks, Lloyds Banking Group and Royal Bank of Scotland, will be under the spotlight during another busy week for corporate updates.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Andy Wood, chief executive of Adnams.

Responsible Business Week, which runs from April 20 to 26, is an initiative by Business in the Community to highlight the positive contribution being made by businesses to the environment, their local communities and society in general. Among the firms well-known in the eastern region for helping to set the responsible business agenda is Southwold-based Adnams. Here, chief executive Andy Wood explains the company’s approach to ‘doing the right thing’.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
John Williams, group managing firector at Maritme Transport in Felixstowe.

Felixstowe-based Maritime Transport is the largest privately-owned container transport business in the country. Ross Bentley met managing director John Williams to hear the company’s impressive success story.

Expert advice

Thursday, April 9, 2015

As we approach the General Election, what can East Anglia’s SMEs do to thrive? East Anglia is brimming with SMEs, from established family businesses to start-ups. Through enterprise, creativity and hard graft, they have all played their part in driving the economic recovery.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Victoria Spellman

In the summer of 2013 London hosted the World Pole Dancing Championships. This nugget of general knowledge had passed me by until I read the judgment handed down in the case of Vertical Leisure Ltd v (1) Poleplus Ltd (2) Peter Bowley (2015).

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