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Crash-for-cash fraudsters are fuelling a compensation culture which is pushing car insurance premiums to record levels and costing motorists £5m a day, as promised government reform stall.

A recruitment agency has spread its wings into Essex after opening a new office.

Suffolk brewer Adnams has announced it is using 100% renewable energy across its entire business.

The Eastern Enterprise Hub in Ipswich has been awarded a £22,435 share of NatWest Bank’s Skills and Opportunities Fund.

One of Suffolk’s best known drinks brands with more than 300 years of family history is remaining tight-lipped about speculation of a potential foreign investor or buy-out.

East Anglian accountancy firm Ensors has been named a finalist in the Pensions Age Awards for the second year running.

A pioneering link between a sixth form in Ipswich and the Institute of Directors (IoD) is celebrating its fifth anniversary.

Six rural businesses from Suffolk and North Essex have been named among the regional finalists in the 2017 Countryside Alliance Awards.

Plans to divide the former BHS store in Ipswich into smaller units containing a gym, shops and restaurants are set to be given the green light this week.

Dixons Carphone is expected to report a slump in half-year profits next week as the retailer counts the cost of falling consumer confidence and a weaker mobile phone market.

A Suffolk father whose son has type 1 diabetes has set up an online business selling consumables, equipment and fashion accessories for diabetes sufferers.

A popular country store and hardware shop which has operated from its Stanton site for more than 60 years is set to close next week.

Ipswich market’s move to Queen Street and Princes Street will go ahead in the New Year it has been confirmed, as the council is set to agree which contractor to use on Tuesday.

Fears are rising that Four Seasons, Britain’s second biggest care homes operator, is heading for administration as hopes of a rescue deal for the debt-stricken group fade.

Brewer and distiller Adnams says it has cut its annual carbon emissions by more than 1,000 tonnes after completing a transition to renewable energy across its entire business.

Food & farming news

Six rural businesses from Suffolk and North Essex have been named among the regional finalists in the 2017 Countryside Alliance Awards.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

An East Anglian farming leader has called on chancellor Philip Hammond to do more to help agricultural businesses invest in infrastructure and new technology.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

A group of students travelled to an event billed as ‘the largest agricultural machinery show in the world’ in November.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

In his first Autumn Budget, the Chancellor announced welcome changes to venture capital tax reliefs for knowledge-intensive companies (KICs).

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Allegations of sexual misconduct have dominated the news agenda in recent weeks. The behaviour of Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and a dossier of British MPs has highlighted the dangers that follow when a culture of harassment is allowed to develop in the workplace.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

A recent judgment from the EAT (Employment Appeals Tribunal) has somewhat surprisingly slipped under the radar.

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Movers and Shakers

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Three students from East Anglia have joined the 2017-18 cohort of the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme, run in partnership with School for Social Entrepreneurs and jointly funded by Big Lottery Fund, as three others graduate from the 2016-17 programme.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Ipswich-based law firm Prettys has restructured its service offering to reflect the changing needs of its clients.

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

There was relief among small businesses that speculation over a reduction in the VAT threshold proved wide of the mark.