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Two brothers from Suffolk have launched a business with the aim of designing and selling premium electronics at an affordable price.

Chancellor Philip Hammond must tackle the UK’s productivity problem if his budget is to improve people’s lives across the country, writes Richard Tunnicliffe, the CBI’s regional director for the East of England.

The manager of an Essex pub that has been banned from holding outdoor music events due to noise complaints has spoken of the “ongoing battle” staff have faced with neighbours and councillors.

Aldi has unveiled plans for a new store in west Ipswich, which if approved could become the fifth in Ipswich and Martlesham.

The East of England will be among the first regions to take part in a programme aimed at encouraging social workers to return to the profession.

Around 100 firms gathered to celebrate the work of an Essex enterprise body which helped create more than 70 businesses last year.

Ipswich has been highlighted as a top performer in a new study looking at economic growth in 45 of the UK’s largest cities.

A Swedish bank with a branch in Bury St Edmunds is celebrating an accolade from customers.

Political uncertainty around Brexit is adding to other hurdles faced by the East of England’s manufacturers, causing them to hold back on spending on automation technology, according to a business lobby group.

Long-haul destinations could be the best way for winter holidaymakers to make the most of their pound, according to a new report.

A major supermarket chain has announced plans to open a new store in Beccles.

An offshore renewable energy grant programme has awarded more than £800,000 to projects in the east in just a year.

Power must be devolved to workers in Suffolk and Norfolk to reinvigorate industry and bridge a “great regional divide” on jobs, a new report urges.

Business leaders are calling for a Brexit transition deal to be agreed “as soon as possible” as firms are preparing to make “serious decisions” with consequences for jobs and investment.

Most smaller building firms are struggling to hire carpenters, joiners and bricklayers, a new report shows.

Food & farming news

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Euston Estate director Andrew Blenkiron is set to join a panel of speakers at the forthcoming East of England Farming Conference.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Top Suffolk farming businesses were celebrating after they were crowned cream of the crop at the county’s annual farming showcase this week.

Suffolk Agricultural Association
Friday, October 20, 2017

A Suffolk farmer has scooped an award at the 2017 British Farming Awards.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

New Corporate Criminal Offences (CCO) legislation took effect on September 30, designed to overcome the difficulties in attributing criminal liability to companies and partnerships when their employees, contractors and other “associated persons” are seen to be facilitating tax evasion.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Advertising is crucial to the lifeblood of any business but if you fail to play by the rules the punishments can be severe.

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Movers and Shakers

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Audit, tax and consulting firm RSM has appointed Laragh Jeanroy as the new managing partner of its 122-strong Bury St Edmunds office from October 1.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Associate licensed conveyancer Suzanne Bradbury has joined Essex law firm Birkett Long’s residential property specialists team.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Five new staff have joined financial services firm Beckett Investment Management Group in the last few months as the company continues to grow.

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce

Friday, October 13, 2017

Suffolk businesses have reported stronger sales, orders and employment during the third quarter of the year, with the county’s manufacturers seeing a particular improvement.