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Employment across the UK has reached an all-time high, but saw a 0.6% fall in the East of England, according to latest figures.

Unemployment in the East of England rose by 7,000 to 128,000 in the three months to June, despite the rate of those seeking work across the country falling to its lowest since 1975.

The land, property and construction sectors would benefit from more women employees, a Bury St Edmunds building surveyor said as an industry body urged them to join up.

A growing East of England-based facilities management firm is celebrating further expansion after acquiring a security business.

Shareholder rebellions are leading some of Britain’s biggest listed firms to rein in bloated executive pay.

More than a million energy customers have been overcharged a total of £102m over the last year because of billing errors, research has revealed.

Gender should not be a barrier to men or women excelling in the world of tech, according to a young female developer who is organising awards to celebrate the region’s best female minds in the industry.

A touring circus from Ipswich is returning for a series of performances in September - and the chance for businesses to get in on the fun.

A Suffolk creative branding agency is celebrating the success of its latest graduate recruit, after she scooped a prestigious national accolade.

United States-based International Flavours & Fragrances, whose UK operation is based in Suffolk, has reported strong sales growth for the first half of 2017 but a dip in pre-tax profits.

The School for Social Entrepreneurs East is recruiting for its new programme designed to support people in Ipswich who are seeking employment.

One Group Construction has launched a new division to specialise in small to medium-sized building projects.

Stansted has reported its busiest ever month with more than 2.58m passengers passing through the airport during July.

Specialist recruitment firm Sanctuary Personnel has reported its ninth consecutive year of turnover growth.

Inflation remained steady in July despite forecasts of a rise due to increasing living costs.

Food & farming news

Most people have a favourable view of British farming, according to a survey.

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A retired agricultural engineer has discovered his inner artist at the age of 88.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Agricultural chemicals firm BASF is sponsoring trials looking at the potential of using white mustard as a companion crop to reduce cabbage stem flea beetle grazing in oilseed rape (OSR) crops.

Expert advice

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

In April 2016, the Government introduced the new register of people with significant control (PSCs) as part of the UK’s company and LLP requirement to record and publicise corporate information.

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Movers and Shakers

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Essex law firm Fisher Jones Greenwood (FJG) has made four internal promotions, three to partner and one to associate, bringing the firm’s total number of partners to 19.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Ipswich Building Society has appointed finance industry veterans, Mark Nash and David Ridley, as new managers in its risk and compliance team.

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Plans to invest £35m over 10 years in expanding capacity at the Copella fruit juice site near Sudbury are “a massive vote of confidence in south Suffolk”, according to the firm behind the proposals.