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Bus and train operator Go-Ahead today reported increased underlying annual profits, helped by an improved performance from its rail business.

Artist's impression of the new KFC proposed for Stane Park, Stanway

KFC has been announced as the latest name to sign up for a proposed leisure park in Stanway.

Roger Buston, right, principal at Asher Prior Bates, and Adrian Livesley, managing partner of Birkett Long.

Essex law firm Birkett Long has expanded again with the addition of Colchester-based Asher Prior Bates – its sixth acquisition in as many years.

A branch of cash and carry chain Booker.

Cash and carry chain Booker has been given the green light by the competition watchdog for its £40million takeover of Londis and Budgens.

The first departure of the Port of Felixstowe's 31st daily rail freight service, to Birch Coppice.

The Port of Felixstowe today saw the launch of its 31st daily rail freight service.

Maria Peyman of Birketts with colleagues Katherine Shadbolt and Kitty Rosser.

Maria Peyman has joined the commercial litigation team at law firm Birketts as a senior associate.

Holiday parks group Park Resorts is to merge with rival operator Parkdean.

The UK’s biggest holiday park operator is to be created through a £960million merger deal involving Parkdean and Park Resorts.

Halfords has reported a fall in bike sales over the past two months.
Photo: Newscast/Mathew Growcoot

Halfords today reported a slump in bike sales over the last two months amid rainy weather and heavy discounting.

ASOS chief executive Nick Robertson, who is stepping down with immediate effect.

Online fashion retailer ASOS said today that its chief executive Nick Robertson is to step down with immediate effect from the helm of the company he founded 15 years ago.

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A couple who held senior posts at a country hotel-restaurant when it won a clutch of awards has returned.

Aga is at the centre of a takeover tussle after revealing US electronic appliances giant Whirlpool was considering a bid to rival Middleby's £129 million offer.

Upmarket cooker firm Aga Rangemaster is at the centre of a takeover tussle after revealing US electronic appliances giant Whirlpool was considering a bid to rival Middleby’s £129 million offer.

Matt Howard and Stuart Morton of chartered accountants and business advisers Price Bailey.

Twenty-four staff have lost their jobs at a Lowestoft department store which went into administration last month as urgent efforts continue to find a buyer for the business.

A Punch Tavern pub

Pub group Punch Taverns is set to post a slight fall in annual earnings as it continues to offload pubs to cut its debt pile.

BSP International Foundations, part of Tex Holdings plc of Great Blakenham, which has bought the assets and business of G & M Power Plant.

Nineteen out of 35 jobs at an electric generator manufacturer have been saved after its business and assets were bought out of administration on Wednesday.

Landmark House and Beacon House.

A facilities management business owned by Suffolk County Council is moving home and undergoing a re-brand.

The Ann Letitia Russell lifeboat back home in Fleetwood with marina assistants Daryl Randles, Simon Price and Will Taylor.

In her heyday she saved more than 150 souls. Now port 
owner ABP has joined a community effort to save former lifeboat The Ann Letitia Russell.

Servest Group CEO Rob Legge.

Some of the region’s top professionals were involved in a recent sale deal involving two Bury St Edmunds-based firms, it has emerged.

Sizewell B pop-up farmers' market.

Farmers and producers were at Sizewell B nuclear power station at Leiston last week as it hosted a pop-up farmers’ market.

Ashley Gogan, Bedford Lodge

A four-star hotel in Newmarket has appointed a new face to head up its conference and events service.

Food & farming news

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A Southwold brewer is appealing to landowners, gardeners and growers for wild hops to create a distinctive and “unpredictable” beer.

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Rossie Theobald is selling on Newton Hall Equitation Centre after spending most of her life teaching on the site.

A stalwart of East Anglia’s equestrian community is planning to hand over the reins of the riding centre which she created.

Woodbridge School
Yesterday, 10:26
Lound Lakes

The daily ruminations of red poll cattle are benefiting wildlife on a north Suffolk nature reserve. AUDREY BOYLE reports from the mosaic of water and grasslands at Lound Lakes.

Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Movers and Shakers

Yesterday, 11:00

Maria Peyman has joined the commercial litigation team at law firm Birketts as a senior associate.

Saturday, August 29, 2015
Ashley Gogan, Bedford Lodge

A four-star hotel in Newmarket has appointed a new face to head up its conference and events service.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Edward Lloyd who has joined Genesis PR.

Genesis PR, based at Holbrook, near Ipswich, has appointed Edward Lloyd as account director.

Business features

Yesterday, 10:48

Acclaimed scientist Adrian Parton’s life story has turned from deadly microbes to the hospitality industry. STEPHEN PULLINGER reports.

Sunday, August 30, 2015
Discovery apple harvest at Stoke Farm.
Farm owner, David Upson.

Apple grower David Upson has been looking at his crop with a critical eye this week as he begins harvesting his first ripe fruit.

Chiquito is owned by The Restaurant Group.

The latest developments in the takeover moves for bwin.party will be in focus this week while challenger bank Aldermore and Frankie & Benny’s owner The Restaurant Group also update the City on progress.

Expert advice

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Fraud, whether personal or business, can cause irreparable damage and often takes considerable time and money to resolve. Yet despite warnings about the dangers of failing to put protective measures in place, individuals and organisations continue to fall victim to fraudsters.

Yesterday, 10:10
Andrew West of Gotelee Solicitors.

For most people, using social media has become part of the daily routine, whether at work or at home.

Thursday, August 13, 2015
Peter Harrup of BDO LLP.

For most company owners, the biggest news from the summer Budget was the increase in the rates of tax on dividends.

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