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A 12-lane bowling alley, a laser quest arena and a ‘ninja warrior’ style assault course are among the exciting entertainment announced to open at the Buttermarket Centre in Ipswich this August.

Suffolk’s internationally renowned concert venue has pledged to scrap controversial carpark proposals if they cannot be achieved without harming the site’s natural beauty.

Brisk bidding and high prices paid at Lacy Scott and Knight art and antiques auction

Luxury yacht company Spirit has secured an order for what will be the biggest sailing yacht yet built at its newly-expanded facility in Ipswich.

Temporary power solutions company Midas is improving the sustainability – and security – of its generators through the use of technology developed by machinery manufacturer JCB.

A Bury St Edmunds ingredients and catering equipment supplier said it was “chuffed” after securing a mention in a cookbook by a top London restaurateur.

Audio-visual distributor Midwich has delivered on the promise of its chief executive to pursue growth through acquisition after snapping up a European supplier.

With Prime Minister Theresa May due to trigger Article 50 today, East Anglian business leaders have outlined their priorities for the two-year negotiation over the UK’s exit from the EU.

East Anglian financial services firm Scrutton Bland has expanded its partnership team as it takes on five new partners and becomes a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP).

Motor dealership Essex Auto Group has been sold to South Africa-based firm Super Group for an undisclosed sum.

A Suffolk couple who have built up a chain of popular pub restaurants are marking their 20th year in the trade.

Sanctuary Personnel, of Ipswich, has been appointed by the Department of Education and the Skills Funding Agency as an official apprenticeship training provider.

As the UK leaves the EU, there will be trade-offs to make when it comes to immigration. Put simply, there are public concerns about immigration – but significant further restrictions to movement will come at a cost to investment and jobs, the delivery of strong public services and economic growth.

The University of Suffolk will be offering higher and degree apprenticeships for the first time from June – a move which business leaders say will mark Suffolk as a driving force in skills and leadership.

Food & farming news

A series of events will be held across the UK this year as the livestock industry celebrates 200 years of auction marts.

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has urged prime minister Theresa May to put farming “front and centre” of her negotiations as Article 50 is triggered to kick-start the official process of Britain leaving the EU.

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Long before the Chancellor’s U-turn on Class 4 NICs, his predecessor set in train tax changes to reduce tax losses from the “gig” economy.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

With political events in the UK moving at alarming speed, commentators are still speculating on what leaving the European Union may mean for the housing market and the construction industry.

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Movers and Shakers

East Anglian financial services firm Scrutton Bland has expanded its partnership team as it takes on five new partners and becomes a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP).

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Five new business advisers have joined New Anglia Growth Hub to cope with increasing demand from firms to use its free business support service.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Southwold-based communications design firm Spring has recruited three new members of staff.

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce

With Prime Minister Theresa May due to trigger Article 50 today, East Anglian business leaders have outlined their priorities for the two-year negotiation over the UK’s exit from the EU.