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The drone used in Ipswich

Anglian Water has enlisted drone technology for its large sewers in Ipswich to monitor the conditions of its sewerage network.

Peter Philips (Technical Manager, Hanover Housing),Stuart Gadsden (Technical Sales Manager, Kensa Heat Pumps),Winston Williams (Director of Property Services, Hanover

An energy switching project completed in Ipswich by Hanover Housing Association and Kensa Heat Pumps has been named Most Innovation Retrofit Scheme at the Housing Innovation Awards.

NFU legal board chairman Trevor Foss.

The cost of contract disputes ran to nearly £700,000 in 2015/16 among members of the National Farmers’ Union (NFU), it has revealed.

Southwold Chamber of Trade member Rebecca Bishop, owner of the Two Magpies Bakery, is campaigning against huge business rate increases being imposed on the town's traders.

Businesses in Southwold have been leading the fight against the increase in business rates which has left many small high street outlets facing an uncertain future.

File photo of a Lloyds sign, as the bank revealed its profits nearly doubled in 2016. Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Lloyds Banking Group has attributed its successful 2016 to the “health of the UK economy” as it revealed annual profits nearly doubled to £4.24bn.

A very hot and sunny Gorleston beach.
July 2016.

Picture: James Bass

East Anglia’s tourism industry could suffer from “unfair” changes to business rates, a sector leader has warned, as pressure mounts on the government to think again over its revaluation.

Cecil and Larter's new SEAT showroom in Lamdin Road, Bury St Edmunds

A Bury St Edmunds motor dealership, which first opened its doors in the town 90 years ago this year, is about to launch its latest new showroom.

Barratt Homes. Picture: David Davies/PA Wire

Housebuilder Barratt Developments has reported a healthy rise in half-year profits after notching up a large number of completions outside London.

The presentation of the Eat Out Eat Well gold award to the Copper Beech Tea Room in Brandon Country Park.

The Copper Beech Tea Room in Brandon Country Park has received a Gold level award for its healthy menu under the national Eat Out Eat Well scheme.

Fenn Wright's Sudbury team from left, Sharon Thurgood, Joseph Hall, Sam Thornton, Tracey Wigens, Graham Buxton, Jess Stanhope, Janice Woodhouse, Brady Catterwell and Jenny Olley.

East Anglian estate agents Fenn Wright has recruited six new members of staff to its eight branch, which as been launched in Sudbury.

The Dijksgracht, the largest vessel ever to call at the Port of Ipswich, passing under the Orwell Bridge.

The Port of Ipswich has hailed a record 2016, with the tonnage of ships calling at the port increasing by 13% year-on-year.

Sajid Javid, secretary of state for communities and local government. Picture: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

The government has dismissed claims that cabinet ministers underestimated business rates rises by 5-7% in a letter to Conservative MPs as “nonsense”.

The 7 More London Riverside development.
Picture: PWC

A state-of-the-art office development that involved the expertise of a Colchester-based property and construction consultancy has been shortlisted for an international sustainable building award.

Andrew Pinder (left) and Alan O�Neill with the CHPV drone. Picture: Julian Claxton

A specialist photography and filming company is ready for take-off into the world of drones as it adds to its services for the offshore energy industry.

Jo Salter of Ipswich-based Where Does it Come From? ethical clothing business meets retail entrepreneur and former TV Dragon Theo Paphitis

Retail entrepreneur and former TV Dragon, Theo Paphitis has provided a big boost for two ethical Suffolk businesses.

Food & farming news

A 1918 Holt 75 gun tractor.

A pair of First World War gun tractors will be rolling into East Anglia in April for a vintage spectacular.

NFU legal board chairman Trevor Foss.

The cost of contract disputes ran to nearly £700,000 in 2015/16 among members of the National Farmers’ Union (NFU), it has revealed.

National Farmers' Union
Robert and Laura Strathern from Fairfields Farm potatoes

An Essex crisp maker which grows its own potatoes has bagged contracts with two major Hong Kong-based retail groups.

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James Tarling of Ashtons Legal.

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When a new collaboration starts it is an exciting time. All parties are keen to explore the potential that the relationship holds and start enthusiastically sharing and developing their ideas.

Monday, February 6, 2017
Phil Hall of BDO LLP.

One of the Chancellor’s first major announcements in 2016 was the launch of the updated National Cyber Security Strategy, setting out “the Government’s plan to make Britain secure and resilient in cyberspace” up to 2021.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Andrew Nicholson, Barker Gotelee.

Stage 2 of the SZC consultation began in November 2016 and is open for comment until February 3, 2017, see their website www.sizewellc.co.uk.

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Movers and Shakers

Fenn Wright's Sudbury team from left, Sharon Thurgood, Joseph Hall, Sam Thornton, Tracey Wigens, Graham Buxton, Jess Stanhope, Janice Woodhouse, Brady Catterwell and Jenny Olley.

East Anglian estate agents Fenn Wright has recruited six new members of staff to its eight branch, which as been launched in Sudbury.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Penny Arbuthnot, managing director at Genesis PR.

The director of an Ipswich-based PR firm has been elected to the sector’s national think tank, the PR and Communications Council.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Tony Cuffling, operations director, Flow Products.

Ipswich-based energy firm Flow has bolstered its senior management team with the appointment of Tony Cuffling to the newly-created role of operations director of the company’s smart boiler business.

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce

Southwold Chamber of Trade member Rebecca Bishop, owner of the Two Magpies Bakery, is campaigning against huge business rate increases being imposed on the town's traders.

Businesses in Southwold have been leading the fight against the increase in business rates which has left many small high street outlets facing an uncertain future.