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Greene King's latest survey of leisure spending shows households spent more on eating and drinking out last Christmas.

Britons pushed the boat out over the festive period, spending more on eating and drinking out of the home compared with a year earlier, according to the latest Greene King Leisure Spend Tracker report.

Ipswich estate agent Tom Orford who is running the London Marathon in April  to raise funds for The Lymphoma Association cancer charity

Ipswich-based estate agent Tom Orford is taking on his greatest sporting challenge - to raise money for The Lymphoma Association.

Employees at Richard Western Ltd near Framlingham have been studying for a Business Improvements NVQ. They all met the required standard.

A Suffolk factory has reported improved output after all its staff were enrolled on an 18-month team-building course.

Royal Mail has revealed a sharp drop in letter mailing in the busy festive season, leaving the number of addressed letters down 6% in the nine months to December 25.
Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Royal Mail has revealed a sharp fall in letter mailing during the busy festive season, blaming business worries over Brexit hitting marketing post.

Community leaders fear the park and ride will bring more traffic into Wickham Market. Credit: Mike Page

Park and ride proposals linked with Suffolk’s new nuclear power station are anticipated to more than double traffic volumes through parts of a village – causing “extreme concern” for residents.

Debbie Corsby of Happy Days Childcare, left, with Katie Ryan of Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking.

The new owners of an established children’s nursery in Suffolk are planning to expand its capacity.

Stephen Fenby, Managing Director of Midwich in Diss.

Audio-visual trade specialist Midwich has upgraded its revenues and profit expectations in 2016 after a strong second half to the year.

Clare Jackson and John Omerod,  the new owners of Lawson's in Aldeburgh.

A celebrated Aldeburgh delicatessen is being taken over by a father and daughter team.

The 1966 Batmobile at a previous A-Plan Insurance opening. The iconic vehicle will feature in the launch of A-Plan Insurance in Bury St Edmunds on January 28, 2017.

A-Plan Insurance plans to celebrate the opening of its latest branch, at 35-36 Brentgovel Street in Bury St Edmunds – with a visit by the 1966 Batmobile.

Peter Tuvey of Fleximize.

Suffolk entrepreneur Peter Tuvey is managing partner at Fleximize, an alternative finance provider for small firms and start-ups based in Ipswich. He tells Duncan Brodie how his career brought him into business finance.

St Peter's Dirty Tackle Ale.

A Suffolk brewer is toasting a new deal in America.

Grand Opening of M&S Simply Food at Martlesham back in 2013

Marks & Spencer is expanding its food store in Martlesham Heath - adding nearly two thirds more shopping space to the food hall.

The UK's unemployment total is now at its lowest for more than 10 years, according to the Office for National Statistics.
Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA

Unemployment in the UK has fallen to its lowest for more than a decade, according to official figures, despite the number of people in work also declining slightly.

EE has been fined by Ofcom for overcharging.
Photo: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Mobile phone firm EE has been fined £2.7m by Ofcom for overcharging tens of thousands of customers.

Residents say no to Anglian Water development at Ardleigh Reservoir. Photo: Steve Argent

Campaigners are objecting to a utility company’s plans for a new office building in a north Essex village.

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Jodie Farran and Andrew Howie, founders of Shaken Udder.

An Essex-based milkshakes firm saw sales soar by 35% last year.

Yesterday, 17:30
Clare Jackson and John Omerod,  the new owners of Lawson's in Aldeburgh.

A celebrated Aldeburgh delicatessen is being taken over by a father and daughter team.

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Yesterday, 14:53
St Peter's Dirty Tackle Ale.

A Suffolk brewer is toasting a new deal in America.

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Nigel Maguire of Ashtons Legal.

The National Fraud Authority reports that property fraud is worth £1bn each year. In 2015 the Land Registry reported a three year high in property fraud cases.

Friday, January 13, 2017
Lloyd Clarke of Attwells.

There are a number of changes afoot in the world of employment law, and HR departments will take the brunt of preparing the paperwork.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Clare Richards of Barker Gotelee.

We are often asked to advise business owners about how to bring younger members of their family into the business.

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Diandra Orodan, Gary Cattermole, Jaime Johnson and Oliver Newton of The Survey Initiative

Employee research consultancy The Survey Initiative is expanding its operation by relocating to larger premises and recruiting two new members of staff.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Steve Wright and Matthew Mason of Stanfords.

Steve Wright has joined the property team at Colchester-based chartered surveyors, auctioneers and estate agents Stanfords, which has recently expanded its office.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Dominic Carter and Andy McAlister of Grant Thornton.

The Ipswich office of financial and business advisers Grant Thornton has expanded its tax team with a double appointment, and the return of a familiar face.

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The Timberwolf production floor

A Suffolk company boss has expressed scepticism about how prime minister Theresa May can achieve the free trade with Europe she seeks following her much-anticipated speech on Brexit today.