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New research has highlighted the importance of entrepreneurs in helping to revive seaside towns that have fallen into decline and unlock further potential in those already prospering.

Dan Poulter with employees at B&Q

A Suffolk MP has said he will do what he can to try and prevent a B&Q store closing down with the potential loss of around 100 jobs.

Helen Drage,  co-founder of Drage & Tozer Opticians.

Sudbury opticians firm Drage and Tozer, founded in 1995 by Helen Drage and Sandra Tozer, has celebrated 20 years in business by expanding into new premises.

Val Carrol, director of healthcare at Beckett Financial Services, receives the company’s Commendation at the Investment Life & Pensions Moneyfacts awards from comedian Tim Vine.

Bury St Edmunds-based Beckett Financial Services has been recognised by a national financial services publication for delivering outstanding levels of customer satisfaction to its healthcare clients.

Meadows Montessori School pupils Spencer, Luke and Ben, aka the Flower Pot Men, with The Apprentice 2014 winner Mark Wright who presented their trophy for winning the Best Community Engagement category of the Fiver Challenge Awards , supported by Virgin Money.

Pupils from the Meadows Montessori school in Ipswich have been named among the winners in the Fiver Challenge, run by the Young Enterprise programme.

From left, Michael Francis, store manager, Colchester, Robert Smith, dealer principle, Colchester and Norwich, and  Emmanuel Greffier, store manager, Norwich with the Bang & Olufsen UK Partner of the Year trophy.

The team at the Bang & Olufsen store in Colchester is celebrating after beating off competition from 60 other dealerships to be named as the audio equipment firm’s UK Partner of the Year.

Kelly-Anne Byres of Poppy Nursing and Care Services.
Picture: Stephen Waller  www.stephenwaller.com

Five businesses and organisations from Suffolk and north Essex have been named among the finalists in the 2015 East of England Business Champions awards.

The Nestle Purina site in Sudbury

A Sudbury pet food factory is under increasing pressure to tackle foul odours as it is revealed an environmental regulator recorded 40 stench complaints since last month.

Ipswich Building Society general sales manager Jo Leah and her friend Libby Smith, also from Ipswich,preparing for their charity challenge involving a 100km trip down the Zambezi River.

A executive from Ipswich Building Society will today be starting a challenge to travel 100km along Africa’s Zambezi River in aid of a local charity.


Fairline testing facility at Ipswich.

The new owner of Fairline Boats has expressed confidence in the business, despite laying off more than 100 of its production staff.

Mark and Tessa Riley, of Riley and Riley Jewellers in Ipswich, were runners-up in the Ipswich Independents business competition.

The finalists in the Ipswich Independents Award 2015 have been announced.

The Saints area in Ipswich town centre has been ranked as one of the best high streets in Britain as part of the Great British High Street Awards 2015.

Shopkeepers say the prestigious recognition means Ipswich can now rival Bury St Edmunds and Woodbridge as top shopping destinations.

Investigatory work ahead of the East Anglia ONE wind farm continues on the River Deben

Investigatory drilling work is continuing on the River Deben ahead of the construction of the East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm.

Alex Fairfull, managing director of Suffolk Installers in Needham Market.

More than 300 jobs in Suffolk and north Essex are at risk due to a proposed cut in Government support for solar energy, an industry organisation has claimed.

An image of Orfordness from the Suffolk Coast Destination Marketing Organisation's

A new marketing campaign has been launched to attract more visitors to the Suffolk coast outside of the traditional holiday season.

Anglia Picture Agency-Pic by Rob Howarth
Sparling & Fairers bakery in Lavenham, Suffolk being presented with the

A family of bakers who have been producing bread, cakes and pastries for more than half a century in their Suffolk village have won a prestigious award.

The Briarbank brewery in Ipswich.

Breweries from across Suffolk and Essex have celebrated a string of medal successes in the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) eastern region awards.

Dogs at Suffolk Canine Creche in Martlesham enjoying the pool.

The Suffolk Canine Creche at Martlesham is making a bit of a splash.

Screwfix creates 13 jobs at new store in Ipswich

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Screwfix is to open a second branch in Ipswich.

Building products retailer Screwfix is creating 13 new jobs with the launch of a second store in Ipswich.

Food & farming news

Saturday, October 3, 2015

I think that most of us have learnt over the past few months that opinion polls and surveys are better taken with a pinch of salt, writes Stephen Rash.

Friday, October 2, 2015
Jewers, which stores and processes grains and all combinable crops, is celebrating its 150th anniversary. Matthew Jewers (pictured) is the fifth generation of the same family to run the firm.

Jewers of Woolpit is a fifth generation grain firm with longstanding ties to the East Anglian farming sector as well as to maltsters and other food processors. SARAH CHAMBERS spoke to its current managing director, Matthew Jewers, as it marks its 150th year.

United Kingdom
Thursday, October 1, 2015
Colm McKay, agricultural director at British Sugar, holds a sugar beet and a package of Silver Spoon sugar that the factory in Bury St Edmunds produce.

Lorryloads of sugar beet began arriving at the British Sugar plant in Bury St Edmunds last Thursday as this year’s campaign, or harvest, gets under way.

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Movers and Shakers

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

A Colchester lawyer who specialises in wills, trusts and probate has been recruited by Essex law firm Birkett Long.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Nancy Pallares who has joined Hayward Miller.

Specialist interim sales and training consultancy Hayward Miller, has announced the appointment of Nancy Pallares as its business development manager.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Kerry Blair, is ECL'’s new commercial director.

Care and wellbeing company ECL has appointed a new commercial director to lead on the organisation’s development in the integrated health and social care sector.

Business features

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Supermarket Tesco looks set to report an improved sales trend amid continued tough trading in the grocery market this week while the City will also see an update from bakery chain Greggs.

Saturday, October 3, 2015
Fenella Eddell, Property Team Solicitor at Barker Gotelee

New regulations have been introduced under which it will become unlawful to rent out commercial properties that do not meet a minimum Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of “E”.

Thursday, October 1, 2015
Richard Noble with the Bloodhound SSC (super-sonic car) during its display at Canary Wharf, London. 
Photo: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Thousands of visitors flocked to see the Bloodhound SSC (super-sonic car) – which is aimed at setting a new land speed record of more than 1,000mph – when it went on display at Canary Wharf in London last week.

Expert advice

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Let residential property is currently treated as a “property business” for tax purposes, and interest paid on a loan used to purchase such property can be deducted from the rental income received.

Friday, September 25, 2015
Andrew West, Gotelee Solicitors.

Where a worker has been on long-term sick leave and hasn’t used their holiday entitlement, they may be able to carry it forward to the next holiday year.

Thursday, September 24, 2015
Mark Prince, KPMG

The recent news that over 100 businesses in East Anglia have been given grants totalling £10.7million from the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership’s Growing Business Fund demonstrates a real appetite for growth in the region.

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