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Undated handout photo issued by John Lewis of Paula Nickolds who has been appointed as their new managing director, becoming the first woman in the role in the department store chain's 152-year history. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday October 25, 2016. Ms Nickolds has been promoted from her current role as commercial director and replaces long-serving boss Andy Street, who stepped down after joining the West Midlands mayoral race on a Conservative Party ticket. See PA story CITY JohnLewis. Photo credit should read: Greg Funnell/PA Wire

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Paula Nickolds has been appointed managing director of John Lewis, becoming the first woman in the role in the department store chain’s 152-year history.

Several jobs are up for grabs at an Ipswich-based law company.

Carpetright profits are down.

Carpetright has seen sales slump in the first half of the year as the retailer warned that the collapse in sterling will increase costs.

Sales growth has rebounded at coffee chain Costa.

Costa Coffee owner Whitbread has reported a rise in half-year profits as it brews up plans to tap the artisan coffee market.

Ipswich High School

One of Suffolk’s top independent schools has announced it is recruiting several new members of support staff.

David Anderson, Managing Director of BHS International, as the Qatari owners of the rebooted BHS brand are to push the retailer through a major international expansion.

The Qatari owners of the rebooted BHS brand are to push the retailer through a major international expansion.

A Carluccio's restaurant in Norwich.

Italian restaurant group Carluccio’s is to create up to 500 jobs a year as part of expansion plans following a multimillion-pound investment from its owners.

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II performs a fly past during the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford - the world's largest military airshow.

Struggling aerospace and defence firm Cobham has issued a profit warning after “challenging” trading in the third quarter.

The rebranded University of Suffolk has also improved the economic prospects of Ipswich, pushing up house prices, estate agents say.

University of Suffolkl puts the focus on business at the Waterfront this week

Lloyds Banking Group is expected to make a further provision for PPI payoyts.
Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Britain’s biggest banks are expected to reveal another mammoth hit from the payment protection insurance (PPI) scandal in third quarter updates due this week, after the City watchdog announced plans in the summer to push back the deadline for claims,

John Dugmore, chief executive of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, cuts the ribbon to open the new TravelQuest branch in Ipswich, with members of the TravelQuest team.
From left, Vicki Wood, Poppy Brown, John Dugmore, Michelle Thake, Paul Hardwick and Karen Jones.

A Suffolk travel company has expanded with the opening of a second branch.

Terry Hunt, editor of the East Anglian Daily Times, left, and Boshor Ali, chairman of the Bangladeshi Support Centre (BSC), right, with other supporters of the Suffolk BME Business Awards from Ipswich Borough Council, Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, the University of Suffolk and the BSC.	
Photo: Nigel Brown

More than 40 nominations have been received for the inaugural Suffolk BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) Business Awards.

Tim King, group fleet manager at Turners (Soham), left, takes delivery of the firm's newest truck from Eddie Hennessy, regional manager of DAF Trucks UK, representing regional dealership Chassis Cab. 
Photo: Keith Mindham Photography

Suffolk-based logistics company Turners (Soham) Ltd has reported increased annual revenues and profit, and says it is “well placed” for further success despite competitive market conditions.

Sandy Jackson - Mark Westley Photography

British Gas has been forced to backtrack after repeatedly billing a 91-year-old great-grandmother for hundreds of pounds more than she owed.

Ian Thoroughgood, associate director at Grant Thornton in Ipswich, with Jonathan Agar, chief executive of Birketts.

Business advisers firm Grant Thorton is to unveil its 15th “Suffolk Limited” report next month on how the county’s leading businesses have performed over the past year.

Food & farming news

Mark Pendlington (Trustee of the Prince’s Countryside Fund and Chairman of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership); Robert Sheasby (Regional Director for East Anglia, NFU); Robert Rous (Chair, Suffolk Agricultural Association & Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Suffolk); Lady Euston (Clare, Countess of Euston, Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Suffolk); Claire Saunders (Director, Princes Countryside Fund); David Barker MBE (Chair, Suffolk Greenest County); Claire Saunders, director for The Princes Countryside Fund; Deborah Cadman OBE (Chief Executive Officer, Suffolk County Council)

More than 200 rural leaders gathered for a Rural Summit in Ipswich earlier this month which also saw the launch of the Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme in the East of England.

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Farmer Robert Raven of White House Farm, Henstead.

Farmers are well accustomed to their fortunes resembling a non-stop rollercoaster ride, but the track ahead looks even steeper and more unpredictable than ever.

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Saturday, October 22, 2016
All the winners from the competitions, including the Suffolk Agricultural Associations Agricultural Apprentice of the Year, the Suffolk Farming School of the Year, the BALE Award and the Suffolk Farms Business Competition, pictured at the Suffolk Agricultural Awards evening, held at Trinity Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, United Kingdom on 20-October-2016.
Picture: Stephen Waller

East Anglian farmers enjoyed a night of celebration on Thursday as they vied for some of Suffolk’s and the region’s most coveted sector awards. SARAH CHAMBERS was at Trinity Park in Ipswich as the gongs were handed out to their delighted recipients at Suffolk Agricultural Association’s glittering annual Awards Dinner event.

Suffolk Agricultural Association

Expert advice

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Sophie Hearle of Ashtons Legal.

One of the major concerns that people who own assets in the EU have is whether their wills will remain valid once we have left the EU.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Julian Outen, head of employment and HR at Ellisons.

With the festive season fast approaching, employers often use this time of year to undertake a review of business performance and plan for the future, which can include reducing business expenditure.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Phil Hall, East Anglia tax partner at BDO LLP.

The Government has now published its response to the initial consultation on simplification of the termination payment tax rules.


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Movers and Shakers

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Grant Thornton graduate recruting officer Vanessa Harvey, second from left, with new trainees, from left, Emma Webb, Olivia Adams and Sam Jenner.

The Ipswich office of accountants Grant Thornton has welcomed six new recruits to launch their careers through the firm’s training programme, and a new graduate recruiting officer for the region.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Ensors 2016 students  with two of of the firm's partners, Pictured from left, starting front row: Daniel Voysey, Jordan Chandler, partner Fiona Hotston Moore, Alex Gardiner and James Edwards; Second row, Clio Thompson, Danielle Hammans and Chynna Lari; third row: Luke Wilding and Mark Fosker; back row: Edmund Spanner and partner Graham Page.

East Anglian chartered accountancy firm Ensors has recruited 13 students who will now study for their accountancy exams.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Jane Riley, Kerseys Solicitors.

A solicitor has become a part-owner of the Ipswich law firm she joined 30 years ago.