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The property maintenance arm of Flagship Group, RFT, is reaching for greater commercial growth after securing two new contracts.

Few companies on the Top 100 list have had as eventful a year as Midwich.

The East of England Co-op, the region’s largest independent retailer, has consolidated its status as a Top 100 company by posting revenue of £347.709m for the year to January 28, 2017, an increase 2.7% on the previous 12 months.

Pubs and brewing group Greene King, the second-largest member of the Top 100, last year reported a 58% jump in annual turnover following its “transformational” acquisition of the Spirit Pub Company.

A Suffolk social enterprise is among three community schemes to scoop £25,000 from the regional development agency.

Suffolk-based window, door and conservatory installers have scooped a quality accolade.

The East Anglian facilities of a national meat processing company will be “pivotal” in its continued expansion, according to its chief executive.

The nine-to-five is becoming old hat as record numbers of people turn to more flexible and independent ways of working, a study has found.

Better promotion of social care jobs and providing more opportunities for career progression in the industry will be key to continued growth for a regional care home operator.

Industry leaders have given Suffolk engineering students an insight into careers in the renewables sector.

A Suffolk brewery is celebrating record sales after a turnaround strategy was launched two years ago.

Stansted Airport is set to host an event this week showcasing hundreds of career opportunities at the site.

The new government must do more to help small businesses hurt by the UK’s “culture of late payments”, a lobbying group has warned.

A new Aviation Training International Limited (ATIL) facility has been completed at Wattisham Flying Station, near Stowmarket.

Food & farming news

Yesterday, 10:33

The East Anglian facilities of a national meat processing company will be “pivotal” in its continued expansion, according to its chief executive.

Yesterday, 06:00

Milkshakes created by an Essex-based firm are set to go on sale in 92 Sainsbury’s stores across the UK.

Mon, 17:00

Last week’s rainfall provided some short-term relief for East Anglian farmers – but experts said it has not changed the underlying shortage in rivers and groundwater.

Environment Agency

Expert advice

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Analysis of Government data has revealed that up to 20,000 nursery workers, around 10% of the total, are being paid below the National Living Wage in England.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

It is always worrying when a government proposes new legislation with a title preceded by “Great” – usually a sign that drastic changes are required.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

When an employee agrees to a reduction in gross pay in return for the employer providing a benefit of some kind, this is a salary sacrifice arrangement.

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Movers and Shakers

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Brightwell-based tech firm Digital Tomorrow Today has announced three promotions.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Essex and Suffolk law firm, Ellisons Solicitors has added to its commercial property and corporate commercial teams with the hires of three new Legal 500-recommended partners.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has appointed Michael Collins and Jonathan Burke to its UK board of directors.

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce

Friday, May 19, 2017

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Age UK Suffolk to support an initiative that aims to reach out to older people who feel lonely or who are living in isolation.