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Proposals from pubs and brewing company Greene King designed to address concerns over its agreed acquisition of the Spirit Pub Company look set to be backed by the UK’s competition authority.

Peter Bennell of Haven Power.

Haven Power, the specialist supplier of electricity to UK businesses, has signed a deal with Thames Water worth more than £500million over the next five years.

Retail sales are

Retail sales are “bounding ahead” as falling prices and a boost to consumer spending power is giving retailers the most upbeat outlook for 27 years, according to new figures.

A Ryanair passenger plane after take off from Stansted Airport.

Budget airline Ryanair saw profits growth take off last year as a revamp designed to improve its image and attract business customers sent earnings soaring by 66%.

The New Anglia Growth Hub team, including its business growth advisers who offer free support to businesses in Suffolk and Norfolk.

New Anglia Growth Hub has beaten its target of providing support for 3,000 businesses in its first year.

Andrew Rowe, managing director of Concertus.

Andrew Rowe, managing director at Ipswich based Concertus Design & Property Consultants, has been appointed as finance director for SPACES, the new society that has been formed from a merger between SCALA (Society for Construction and Architecture in Local Authorities) and SCEME (Society of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers serving Local Government).

Greene King apprentice Tamara-Leigh Kirkham.

Greene King has been named VQ Large Employer of the Year for 2015, in recognition of its support for members of its workforce undertaking vocational qualifications (VQs).

Sizewell A and B

Staff at the redundant Sizewell A nuclear power station will have to wait to find out if their jobs are safe from planned redundancies.

The opening of Precision Marketing's new headquarters in Bury St Edmunds.

An expanding marketing services firm celebrated the official opening of its new head office in Bury St Edmunds yesterday.

Abby Curtis who is opening Pump and Grind coffee shop in Great Colman Street with Tom Kerridge

The business team behind a new cafe have said they are disappointed they will not able to serve alcohol when opening for the first time on Saturday.

Arlingtons new art exhibition, Liz and Ken Ambler at the launch

Music, art, wine and a great deal more

Steven and Debbie Morgan pictured when they took over The Royal Oak earlier this year

Firefighters were called to a pub last night following a water leak which caused flooding.

Rachel Pearlman, Zoe Bradbury, Jack Northcott and Jordan Keeble of Ginger Nut Media team  at the OXO Tower in London, after being awarded as the best level of support during Advanced Apprenticeships.

A digital advertising firm is celebrating after scooping an award for its supportive training regime.

Royal Mail profits up 6% to £740m

Thursday, May 21, 2015
Royal Mail has seen a rise in annual profits.

Royal Mail today reported a rise in underlying annual profits as a squeeze on costs helped offset a lower than expected performance from its parcel business.

Bury Council Building Angel Hill.

The new chairman of Bury Town Council has said he intends to make the authority relevant after claiming it has done “almost nothing” for the last few years.

Tesco  Group Chief Executive Dave Lewis

Tesco paid £4.1 million to new boss Dave Lewis in his first six months after he was brought in from consumer goods group Unilever to turn around the embattled supermarket.

A branch of cash and carry chain Booker

The country’s largest cash and carry chain is to buy Londis and Budgens in a £40million deal to boost its scale amid the ongoing supermarket price war.

Colchester High Street

An alliance of businesses in central Colchester have voiced opposition to out-of-town development proposals they say could deal a “fatal” blow to the town centre.

Niall Dyer, managing director of Plinth 2000, which is flying the flag from Britain in export markets.

Suffolk treatment couch manufactuer Plinth 2000 has delivered its largest-ever export order.

Food & farming news

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Having lived in the county for nearly 19 years, when telling people I had never been to the Suffolk Show, I was always given a surprised response.

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Suffolk Show,  Glasswells Flower and Garden Experience

The 184th Suffolk Show has been declared a “feast of excitement” by director Bill Baker.

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Crowds enjoyed the scorching sunshine on the first day of the Suffolk Show 2015.
Hayden and Sienna Cawston in the beach area.

See your photos from day one of the Suffolk Show at Trinity Park today.

Movers and Shakers

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Andrew Rowe, managing director at Ipswich based Concertus Design & Property Consultants, has been appointed as finance director for SPACES, the new society that has been formed from a merger between SCALA (Society for Construction and Architecture in Local Authorities) and SCEME (Society of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers serving Local Government).

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Writtle College outgoing chair Lise-Lotte Olsen and incoming chair Julia Smith.

Julia Smith has been appointed to take over as chair of Writtle College’s board of governors.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Gotelee Solicitors chief executive Alistair Lang, new partners Marie Allen and Diana Infanti and senior partner Brian Morron.

Ipswich-based Gotelee Solicitors has promoted two associate solicitors to join the firm’s partnership.

Business features

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Rugbytots, the UK’s first rugby-specific play programme for young children, has now been launched in Suffolk, bringing together basic rugby skills, teamwork and loads of fun. Gina Long reports.

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Bernie Miles, third from left, commercial director at Galloway, with the Special Award he received at the National Coach Tourism Awards, with, from left, Stuart Render, editor of Coach Monthly (organiser of the awards), Jane Richardson, director of leisure sales at Hilton Worldwide (an event partner)  and writer and comedian Helen Lederer (who hosted the ceremony).

Bernie Miles, commercial director at Suffolk-based coach operator Galloway, has been honoured for his outstanding contributuion to coach tourism.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Robert white of Peakhill Farm Therberton who recently won Greenest Micro Business in 2014 Green Suffolk Awards.

Finding time to ruminate over why Peakhill Farm was named Suffolk’s greenest micro business isn’t easy for organic beef farmer Robert White in the month of March.

Expert advice

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

As we know, the Conservative Party was elected to government on May 7 and, having won a majority of the seats in the House of Commons, the Tories are promising to implement the whole of their manifesto.

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