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Jim Fanshawe  of Suffolk Chamber International.

Suffolk Chamber International, part of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, has launched a range of revamped courses to help the county’s export drive.

Partners at BlocksLegal LLP in Ipswich.

Ipswich law firm BlocksLegal LLP has staged an event at the Suffold Food Hall at Wherstead to promote export business with China.

Solictor Sophie Grabham on Ben Nevis.

Sophie climbs a mountain for a charity

Adnams chairman Jonathan Adnams, left, and head distiller John McCarthy in a field of rye.

Southwold-based brewer and distiller Adnams is adding two new spirits to its range.

New Ipswich Audi dealership is taking shape

New Audi dealership at Futura Park takes shape

Alex Pattenden, managing director of Unity Online.

Suffolk digital marketing company Unity Media Eastern has rebranded to become Unity Online, in a move designed to help it to meeting growing demand from the small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) sector.

A MRS grab at the Port of King's Lynn, similar to five which have been purchased by Associated British Ports for use at the Port of Ipswich.

Associated British Ports (ABP)has invested more than £160,000 in five new MRS cargo handling grabs for the Port of Ipswich, to help handle an increase in the trade of dry bulk materials.

Melissa Abbott of Muntons who has been appointed national vice chairman of the Brewing, Food & Beverage Industry supplier’s' association (BFBi).

Melissa Abbott has been appointed national vice chairman of the Brewing, Food & Beverage Industry suppliers’ association (BFBi), the first time this role has been held by a woman.

The launch of the Suffolk Black Minority Ethnic Business Awards at the University of Suffolk, which will also host the awards ceremony in October.

The inaugural Suffolk BME Business Awards, recognising enterprise within the county’s black and minority ethnic communities, are now open for entries.

Sydney Mini Market, Ipswich

Three establishments in Ipswich have been given one star food hygiene ratings after latest inspections.

Philip Anthony, managing director of Dardan Security.

A regional security firm is set to expand westwards as it moves into Cambridge and Peterborough.

Mick Biegel of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce.

An scheme to encourage small and medium-sized firms in and around Ipswich to invest in training has increased the maxium value of the grants on offer.

The new DVSA vehicle inspection facility at Elmswell.

Construction work has been completed on a new Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) inspection facility at Elmswell, between Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket.

The former Morrisons site in Stowmarket will become a B&M store.

A new retailer will be opening at a vacant site in a Suffolk town next month.

World's biggest container ship MSC Oscar arriving at Port of Felixstowe.

Britain’s premier port is to undertake a multi-million pound project to enable it handle more of the world’s biggest container ships.

Food & farming news

Mon, 06:00
Muntons managing director Alan Ridealgh.

A prominent Suffolk-based malt firm believes it may have to work on lower margins in order to keep open its trade with Europe.

Thursday, August 18, 2016
The CLA is holding policy events across East Anglia.

Farmers and landowners are being asked to share their views on Brexit next month at a series of events across the region.

European Union
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Grain handling at the Port of Ipswich.

The Port of Ipswich has consolidated its position as the UK’s number one port for grain exports by handling a record total of more than one million tonnes of grain during the 2015-16 harvest year.

United Kingdom

Movers and Shakers

Yesterday, 06:00
Melissa Abbott of Muntons who has been appointed national vice chairman of the Brewing, Food & Beverage Industry supplier’s' association (BFBi).

Melissa Abbott has been appointed national vice chairman of the Brewing, Food & Beverage Industry suppliers’ association (BFBi), the first time this role has been held by a woman.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016
The new CBI assistant regional director for the East of England, James Allen.

The CBI has appointed James Allen as its new assistant regional director in the East of England.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016
The London Stansted Cambridge Consortium (LSCC)'s  new chair, Alexandra Jones.

The London Stansted Cambridge Consortium (LSCC) has a new chair. Alexandra Jones, chief executive of Centre for Cities, was appointed through an open recruitment process.

Business features

Tue, 17:10
IPRS Group chief executive Martyn Jackson with colleagues at the company's head office near Ipswich.

With a head office in Little Blakenham, just north of Ipswich, IPRS (Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation Services) was a double winner at the recent EADT Business Awards. Not only was the healthcare company voted Large Business of the Year, its group chief executive officer, Martyn Jackson, also picked up the award for Director of the Year. Ross Bentley went to speak to him about the company’s success.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Kevin and Jenni Armstrong of Happy Days Retro Vacations at Saxmundham.

A Suffolk holidays business which offers caravanning experiences from a bygone era is expanding with the help of another local company at the cutting edge of technology. DUNCAN BRODIE reports.

Sunday, August 14, 2016
B&Q owner Kingfisher will deliver details of second quarter trading this week.

Brexit will remain front and centre this week, with investors looking for clues as to how Britain’s vote to quit the European Union is impacting inflation and DIY retailer B&Q, while the latest data on inflation will also come under close scrutiny.

Expert advice

Yesterday, 06:00
Colin Makin, an associate at Ashtons Legal.

Termination payments on the termination of employment, most often contained in settlement agreements, usually consist of a compensation payment and a payment in lieu of notice.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Joe Brightman of Ellisons.

Joe Brightman of Ellisons’ property litigation team recently and successfully aided a local company in removing a group of travellers from its retail park.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Wayne Neale, head of VAT in East Anglia at BDO LLP.

As part of the 2015 Summer Budget, legislation was introduced which prevents HM Revenue & Customs from reducing the scope of the UK’s many zero rates of VAT, for example on children’s clothing.


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