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Charity evening on the ice at Winter Wondeland in Colchester

Suppliers, small businesses and individuals have “little chance” of getting any of the quarter of a million pounds they are owed from the collapse of Colchester’s outdoor ice rink.

Keith Norman, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ business development manager (back row, centre) launches the company'’s sponsorship of Suffolk FA’s Walking Football initiative at Whitton Sports Centre in Ipswich.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has become a sponsor of Suffolk FA’s Walking Football initiative.

Sam Parnell and Max Shelley of Measured Brilliance

Digital Marketing ‘meetup’ group SIMS teams up with Measured Brilliance and Ipswich Borough Council to help businesses in 2016.

developer John Howard

Town centre homes plans for important Ipswich town centre site close to the Waterfront

Matt Hampson
, founder of the Matt Hampson Foundation, which is being supported by Adnams through sales of its limited edition beer Prop Hop.
Photo: Jason Bye

Southwold brewer Adnams has reintroduced its limited edition beer Prop Hop to coincide with the start of this year’s Six Nations rugby championship.

Oil and Gas platform

The energy industry in the East has issued a high-level plea urging the prime minister to support the region “as a matter of urgency”.

Alistair Lang, chief executive of Gotelee Solicitors.

Suffolk law firm Gotelee Solicitors is to expand after agreeing a merger deal involving three offices of Margary + Miller.

Dr Krissie Wilson at UCS on Ipswich Waterfront

With the return of the X-Files and the new Ghostbusters film, there is likely to be a surge in reports of ghosts and other paranormal activity in Ipswich in coming weeks.

Ipswich Cardinals American Football Team has a new sponsorship deal with Bears Bar & Grill.
Charles Manning, Bears owner, with some of the players.

Cardinals holding their Super Bowl Party at Bears

Rob Neill of The Groom's Room with the company's latest trophy at The Wedding Industry Awards.

Wedding menswear business The Groom’s Room at Abigail’s Collection has claimed a top national award for the second year running.

B & Q Anglia Retail Park

Business bosses in Ipswich are hopeful a large retail store in Ipswich can be filled when the B&Q branch at Anglia Retail Park closes in June.

Dragon's Den star Deborah Meaden.

Ipswich-based Where Does It Come From? will by vying with businesses across the country to win an opportunity to receive mentoring from Dragon’s Den star Deborah Meaden.

A computer-generated image of how the Sizewell complex will look after construction of Sizewell C.

Officials at EDF Energy say they fully expect the Sizewell C nuclear power station to go ahead and expect the trigger for the next stage of its development to take place soon.

Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank has pressed ahead with its £1.6billion flotation.

Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank has pressed ahead with its £1.6billion flotation after being hit by a last-minute delay.

DONG Energy has made the final investment decision to construct the 1.2 gigawatt (GW) scheme Hornsea Project One off the Yorkshire coast.

The world’s biggest offshore wind farm, which will be able to power more than a million UK homes, has been given the go-ahead.

Food & farming news

George Gittus (chair of the Suffolk branch of the National Farmers' Union) is pictured at Symonds Farm in Risby.

Looking back on 2015 from a farming perspective it would be easy to sound like the all-too expected moaning farmer.

Sunday, January 31, 2016
Crowds flocked to Ernest Doe & Sons the Doe Show, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the event

More than 10,000 farmers, construction workers, professional groundsmen, greenkeepers, arborists and tractor enthusiasts are expected to descend on Ulting, near Maldon, this week for the 56th Annual Doe Show.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Clacton farmer Guy Smith,  NFU vice president, is the only East Anglian farmer standing for major office in the NFU elections next month.

Members will be able to quiz candidates for the top three posts in the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) at an East Anglian hustings event this week.

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Movers and Shakers

Mon, 17:27
Steve Montisci,  business development manager at Keronite.

Haverhill-based advanced surface solutions company Keronite has appointed Steve Montisci to the newly-created role of business development manager.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Colin Makin with colleagues from Ashton KCJ's employment team.

East Anglia-based law firm Ashton KCJ has recruited associate Colin Makin to its employment team in Ipswich.

Thursday, January 21, 2016
Yasin Akdemir, Bahram Hawksley, Connie Lee, and Lisa Carr of PolicyBee and DigiBee.

Sister companies PolicyBee and DigiBee have taken on four new recruits.

Business features

Thu, 17:01
Josh and Claire Richardson who run Superyacht Tenders & Toys, which supplies accessories and watersports equipment to yacht owners.

Managing superyachts in the south of France might like sound like living the dream but it was a lifestyle which husband and wife Josh and Claire Richardson have exchanged for starting a business and a family in Suffolk.

Tue, 06:00
Steve Magnall, chief executive of St Peter's Brewery.

After three years away from Suffolk, Steve Magnall, who was a director at Greene King’s brewing business for nearly nine years, returned to the county last May as chief executive of St Peter’s Brewery. He talks to Duncan Brodie about his plans for the business which, unusually for a British ale brewer, has a major focus on export markets.

Sunday, January 31, 2016
BT chief executive Gavin Patterson.
Photo: PA

The city will this week expect to hear BT’s plans for its newly-acquired mobile telecoms arm EE and investors will also look for further details on how oil giant Royal Dutch Shell will make its BG Group mega-merger pay off.

Expert advice

Tue, 06:00
Harriet Brice of Elllisons Solicitors.

From yesterday, the Government’s extension of the “Right to Rent Scheme” came into force across England.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Peter Harrup of BDO.

Employers face a wide range of changes and new challenges from April 6, 2016, and preparing your systems and staff well in advance is the best way to limit the impact and cost.

Sunday, January 24, 2016
Andrew West of Gotelee Solicitors.

Two employees became involved in some sort of kneeing, face-licking, punchy, text message-threatening exchange that began at their employer’s 20th anniversary bash at the races – but what started as fun or banter, as onlookers saw it, escalated and led to one of the men losing his job.

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